11 places in India that defy science.

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Science has a reason for almost everything, and it serves a great purpose for humanity but some aspects around the World defy science. Don't believe me? here are eleven mysterious places in India that defy science..

1. Levitating Stone - Shivapur, Maharashtra.
Quite close to sister city of Mumbai, somewhere around Pune, there's a tiny village called Shivpura were resides 70 kg (154 pound) stone that no one has ever lifted, unless 11 people join one finger together and chant 'Qamar Ali Darvesh'. The story goes ~ the place was a gymnasium around 800 years ago and a Sufi saint called Qamar Ali Darvesh was taunted by the wrestlers working out. The sufi cast a spell on the stone to challenge them back and no one has been able to lift it since, unless 11 different fingers are joined together, showing unity in humanity!

2. Land of Black Magic - Mayong, Assam.
The word 'Mayong' comes from the Sanskrit word for illusion, Maya. and this little place near Guwahati city in Eastern India has many tales of men disappearing into thin air, people being converted into animals, or beasts being magically tamed. It is said that sorcery and magic were traditionally practised here in ancient days and passed down over generations. Many ancient relics of Ayurveda and black magic are now preserved in the Mayong Central Museum.

3. Lake of Skeletons - Roopkund Lake, Chamoli, Uttarakhand.
Also known as the Skeleton Lake or Mystery Lake, the reservoir is at 16,500 feet, in some of the most uninhitable part of Himalayas. it came into focus when 600 odd human skeletons that were discovered here way back in the 9th CE and are clearly visible at the bottom of the shallow lake when the snow melts. The locals believe that this entourage had earned the fury of the local deity, Latu, who sent a terrible hailstorm their way, which eventually killed them. 

4. Mass Bird Suicide - Jatinga, Assam.
The idyllic village of Jatinga is snugly nestled amongst the Borail Hills of Assam.
 Every monsoon, this scenic village witnesses an uncanny phenomenon. Between September and October, especially during dark and foggy nights, hundreds of migratory birds fly full speed towards trees and buildings, crashing to death. This 'mass bird suicide' was first brought to global attention by famous naturalist E.P. Gee in the 1960s. Ever since, it has remained one of the world's unsolved mysteries. 

5. Twins cities of twins - Kodinhi (Kerala) and Umri (Allahabad).
Kodinhi, a sleepy little town tucked away in the Malappuram district of Kerala, has managed to baffle scientists across the world. In a population of 2000, Kodinhi has 350 pairs of identical twins! It has rightfully earned the title of 'Twin Town.' 6 pairs of twins in every 1000 births is considered a high twinning rate. Kodinhi has a rate of 42 twins per 1000 births. This means, almost every family in Kodinhi has more than one pair of twins!

6. Magical magnetic force - Magnetic Hill, Ladakh.
At an altitude of 11000 feet above sea level, Magnetic Hill is one of the must-see things on the way to Leh. It is known to have magnetic power that can pull a car towards itself even when the ignition is off. It is a thrilling experience, but in reality, it is only an optical illusion caused by gravity hill. Magnetic Hill is one of the world's recognized gravity hills.

7. Asia's Cleanest Village - Mawlynnong, Meghalaya.
Mawlynnong Village in Cherrapunji is popularly called 'God's Own Garden.' It has won international accolades for being Asia's Cleanest Village. It is a community-based effort for promoting eco-tourism. It is interesting to note that this village has a 100% literacy rate and most villagers speak English fluently. Mawlynnong boasts of other amazing sights like waterfalls, Living Roots Bridge and a Balancing Rock.

8. Temple Of Rats - Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan.
A little town called Deshnok, 30 kms from Bikaner, holds an intriguing sight: the Karni Mata Temple, home to over 20,000 rats. 'Kabbas' as they are called, these rats are worshipped because it is believed that they are reincarnated family members of Karni Mata. White mice are revered even more because they are considered to be Karni Mata and her sons.

9. Dine with the Dead - New Lucky Restaurant, Ahmedabad.
Now, here's something that is morbid and fascinating at the same time. The New Lucky Restaurant has an ambiance to kill for. This coffee house is built on a centuries-old Muslim cemetery. The graves lie between the tables, and are said to belong to a 16th CE Sufi saint. The restaurant is always bustling with guests and the owner says that the graves are his lucky mascots.

10. Hanging Pillar - Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh.
The small historical village of Lepakshi is home to many ancient relics and architectural marvels. One of them is the Hanging Pillar of the Lepakshi temple. Amongst the 70 pillars of the temple, one hangs without any support! Visitors pass objects under the pillar to check if the claim is true. According to locals, passing objects under the pillar brings prosperity to one's life.

11. Living Roots Bridge - Cherrapunji, Meghalaya.
In Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, man has befriended nature and cajoled it into bending to his ways. People build bridges, but the Khasis of Meghalaya, they grow bridges. Ficus Elastica or the Rubber Tree produces strong secondary roots from their trunks. These  have been trained to grow in a particular direction using betel-nut trunks, forming sturdy, living bridges over decades. Some of these bridges are more than a hundred feet long. The Umshiang Double Decker Bridge is truly one of a kind in the entire world. Some ancient root bridges are over 500 years old.

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