Both Ramayana and Mahabharata are most talked-about epics in India that are written originally in Sanskrit and later translated into several languages. These are supposed to be the premier classic epics in Indian culture and they have several epic characters like Abhimanyu, Hidimbi, Duryodhana, Ravana, Laxmana, and Arjuna. Here are the most unique and unseen temples in India of epic characters.
It is no denying fact that Ravana is burnt everywhere in India but there are still some places in this country where he is worshipped. And Vidisha is one of them. Ravangram Ravana Temple is located in Vidisha from Madhya Pradesh. The special part of this temple is the ancient Ravana’s idol of 10 feet in sleeping position. This Ravana temple in Vidisha is most popular among other Ravana temples in India. Ravangram is also a village in this city which is named after Ravana.
Visiting temples and seeking blessings is the part of Indian tradition on any auspicious occasion or an important day. Similarly on any special occasion or wedding days, the locals in Vidisha visit this temple. It is one of the few places in India where Ravana is worshipped in Dussehra in a grand way. In other days, the temple remains just like an ordinary one. According to the legends, Mandodari, Ravana’s wife, was from Vidisha.
Located in Manali, Hidimbi Temple is the unique and ancient cave temple where Hidimbi Devi is worshipped. Located at the foot of Himalayas, the temple is well covered by cedar forest. It is a great tourist attraction over there.
Poruvazhy Peruviruthy Malanada temple in a village of Kollam District is the only temple in South India which is dedicated to Duryodhana. Duryodhana was a negative character in epic Mahabharata and it is the only temple which is devoted to him. According to the legends, he crossed the forests to reach Malanada Hill in order to draw the Pandavas out in banish. He was exhausted after some time and went to the nearest house to seek drinking water.
He got the customary toddy from an old woman as a sign of respect. After having some water, he saw the woman worn Kurathali which means she is from untouchable caste. He consoled himself and appraised the place’s divinity and the people who had Siddhi or supernatural powers. The king worshipped Lord Shiva on the hill for his Raj Dharma and prayed for his people’s welfare. He donated over hundreds of acres of his agricultural land as charity along with paddy fields to Devasthanam for free.
In Khandsa Village, Gurgaon, it is the only temple in India which is devoted to Eklavya. According to the legends, it is the place where he gave Guru Dakshina to Dronacharya by cutting his thumb.
Dedicated to eldest Kunti’s son in epic Mahabharata, Karna was known to be very compassionate character among all during that period. This temple is dedicated to him. He was so merciful that he could easily end his life without giving a second thought, if someone asked for. He was named as Daanveer Karna because of this gesture of unconditional kindness. Several temples are dedicated to him in this country to worship and rejoice the kind and brave-hearted warrior. Devara in Uttarakhand is one of them.
This temple features unique carvings of animals, birds and reptiles. In addition, this temple also has the depictions of events from the epic Ramayana. You can take a closer look on them. Villagers nail coins on its walls as thanksgiving when their wishes are fulfilled.