The Kiradu temples in the western Indian state of Rajasthan are five temples dating back to the 12th century. But despite being over 800 years old, they are still affected by an ancient curse. The Kiradu temples have beautiful stone carvings, and it’s been said that kings used to worship there. However, legend tells of a wise sage who watched the people who came to the temples and was horrified to see that, despite pretending to follow ethical Hindu practices, those same people had no mercy for the poor and unfortunate. The sage then placed a curse on the temple so that anyone who visits it after the sun sets is turned into stone, and many still believe this curse to be active. It has turned some tourists off from visiting, and those who are brave enough to walk between Kiradu’s stone pillar carvings rush out of the temples before the sun dips beneath the horizon.
Wat Khao Kaew.
Located in central Thailand, the Wat Khao Kaew temple is a fascinating place surrounded in myth and legend. But as recently as August 2012, Buddhist practitioners there have encountered one of the most fearsome ghosts in all of folklore. Known as preta, or hungry ghost, this frightening apparition was seen at the temple by visitors, Buddhist nuns, and even resulted in police reports being filed. Local police attempted to scare the creature away, but it seems hellbent on haunting this temple. Why it’s there no one knows for sure, but there are numerous rumors that the preta itself is cursed. Ancient Buddhist texts explain how preta ghosts are the product of humans who live corrupt lives. As a punishment, this entity is cured to haunt the temple, never able to touch what it desires most: human life.
Ness of Brodgar.
The Ness of Brodgar is an ancient collection of structures found in the Orkney islands north of the Scottish mainland. Originally excavated in 2003, the site soon revealed huge stone slabs, walls, and a large building which many now suspect is an ancient neolithic temple. The structures themselves date back to more than 5,000 years ago. Some believe that the Ness of Brodgar temple was deliberately dismantled and then covered over for some unknown reason 2,000 years ago. A theory for why it was abandoned, however, may have become known to those living in the area. Stories persist of strange footsteps, ethereal lights on the nearby waters, and clawing sounds beneath the dirt. It has been suggested that something terrible happened there long ago, and that the temple remains cursed by those events forever.