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Mysterious Skeleton Lake of Roopkund, India

In 1942 a British forest guard in Roopkund, India found skeletons of about 200 people in a frozen lake, some 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley.

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Initially, it was believed that these were the remains of Japanese soldiers who had died of exposure while sneaking through India. Upon examination team of investigators sent by British government later realized these bones were not from Japanese soldiers as they weren't fresh enough.

Many theories were put forth including an epidemic, landslide, and ritual suicide. For decades, no one was able to shed light on the mystery of Skeleton Lake.

However, a 2004 expedition to the site seems to have finally revealed the mystery that all the bodies date to around 850 AD. Evidences suggest that group was comprised of pilgrims and shorter group of locals heading through valley. They trapped in the valley with nowhere to hide or seek shelter, the "hard as iron” cricket ball-sized (about 23 centimeters) hailstones came by the thousands, resulting in the travelers' bizarre sudden death.



Barren Island Volcano - Only Active Volcano In India

Barren Island volcano, only active volcano in india, located 134 km northeast of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The volcano is associated with the subduction of the Indian Plate beneath the Burmese Plate along the Andaman Trench.

The first recorded eruption of the volcano dates back to 1787. Since then, the volcano has erupted more than ten times, with the most recent one which started in September 2010 and continued through January 2011. Volcano remained dormant for nearly one and half century since 1852.

This island is about 3 kms in diameter, and has a big crater of the volcano, about half kilometer away from the shore. The island can be visited by chartered boats only with the permission of Forest Department.


Ayam Cemani - Rare Black Chicken Breed

Ayam Cemani is a rarely kept black chicken breed originated from the island of Java,Indonesia. The word 'Ayam Cemani' comes from Javanese that means "completely black chicken". Breed was first imported into Europe in 1998 by Dutch breeder Jan Steverink. 

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The birds are completely black inside out: black plumage with a greenish shine, black legs and toe nails, black beak and tongue, black comb and wattles, black meat and bones and even dark organs. 

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Ayam Cemani chickens are highly regarded in their country of origin, Indonesia. Their meat is thought to be higher in Iron, therefore beneficial to women before and after childbirth. Birds are sometimes sacrificed during childbirth believing fortune will come to the labouring mother. The chicken is also sacrificed on other special occasions, as it is thought to bring luck. There are many legends surrounding the breed. Some Asian people believe that eating this chicken will ease their conscience. An ayam cemani cockerel is thought to bring prosperity if he crows and being black he is linked to evil spirits.

Ayam Cemani are friendly birds, and the hens lay about 60 to 100 cream-colored eggs their first year. A typical laying cycle lasts for about 20 to 30 eggs, then the hen will stop laying for three to six months. The eggs are unusually large in proportion to the size of the hen’s body.



Indian Boy Had 232 Teeth Removed From His Mouth

A teenager in India, who had 232 teeth growing in his mouth due to a benign dental tumour, has had them removed. Ashik Gavai (17) had a swelling on the right side of the mouth when he came to Mumbai's JJ Hospital in June. This was after several doctors failed to diagnose his condition. A battery of tests later, JJ doctors concluded that it was a rare abnormal growth affecting the second molar tooth on the lower right side of his jaw. He underwent the seven-hour operation on July 21, 2014. 

"We started picking small teeth from the abnormal molar. These pearlies were of varying sizes, some as tiny as a grain of mustard and some almost the size of a marble. At the final count, we had a total of 232 of them," said Dr Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar, head of dental department at JJ Hospital. She said that they were developing as regular tooth and would have got more painful eventually. "The fact that it was coming from a single molar was very unique," she said. 

During the surgery, they also found a rock-like formation inside the affected tooth, which had to be removed with a drill. In the course of surgery, the doctors also crushed an upcoming wisdom tooth. Doctors said that despite the abnormal molar tooth growth, the jawbone had not weakened.

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10,000 Year Old Rock Alien And UFO Paintings Found In Chhattisgarh, India

Indian archaeologists have discovered 10,000-year-old rock paintings that depicts aliens and UFOs in an ancient cave, situated in tribal Bastar region of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. "The findings suggest that humans in prehistoric times may have seen or imagined beings from other planets which still create curiosity among people and researchers. Extensive research is needed for further findings. Chhattisgarh presently doesn't have any such expert who could give clarity on the subject," Archaeologist JR Bhagat told Times Of India.

TOI photo by Amit Bhardwaj

TOI photo by Amit Bhardwaj

TOI photo by Amit Bhardwaj

There are several beliefs among locals in these villages. While few worship the paintings, others narrate stories they have heard from ancestors about "rohela people" — the small sized ones — who used to land from sky in a round shaped flying object and take away one or two persons of village who never returned. 

"The paintings are done in natural colours that have hardly faded despite the years. The strangely carved figures are seen holding weapon-like objects and do not have clear features. Specially, the nose and mouth are missing. In few pictures, they are even shown wearing space suits. We can't refute possibility of imagination by prehistoric men but humans usually fancy such things," the archaeologist said.

He added that it is a co-incidence that such ancient images appear to have sharp resemblance to UFOs shown in alien movies. "The fan-like antenna and three legs of vehicle's stand clearly show a similarity to UFO type craft," he said. 

Chhattisgarh state department of archaeology and culture plans to seek help from NASA and ISRO for research.
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