Yes, you heard it right, this is a place where Hanuman is a villain. Any festivals related to Hanuman are not celebrated. Even the names of Anjaneya (Hanuman) are not given to children. Interestingly, no other Gods or Goddess are worshipped here!
Villagers worship only one God and he is the sole deity here. Curiously, he is not a God but a demon (Asura). The Daity as he is known is worshipped as God. The folklore has it that anybody who doesn't follow this will be punished.
And if you want to visit this village then make sure you don't go in Maruti Cars. As funny as it sounds, even Maruti Cars are not allowed to enter this village. Here Hanuman is considered as a great villian!
Are you curious to know more about this place? Head to Daitya Namdur in Maharashtra. The demon named Daitya Nimba is the prime God of this hamlet. This place is in Parner of Ahmednagar district. It is around 5 hours journey from Mumbai.
Legend of Daitya Nandur Village
As per the legend, though Daitya Nimba was demon he was a great devotee of Lord Rama. Once it so happened that Lord Rama along wife Sita and brother Lakshmana visit Kedareshwar temple in this region. Upon knowing this Daitya Nimba decides to meet Lord Rama.
Meanwhile, he becomes jealous of Rama's right hand Hanuman and begins to fight with him. A big war takes place between the two and at that time Rama comes to resolve the issue. Looking at his devotion, Lord Rama blesses the demon.
A picture of the fight between Daitya Nimba and Hanuman
Impressed by his meditation, Rama gives a boon by making Daitya as the protector of the region. Hence, everyone who resides here should worship Daitya. That is why no one worships Hanuman as Daitya Nimba never liked him. People hate Hanuman here. So, he is deemed as a villain in this place!
How to Reach Parner
Parner is around 92 km from Pune.
- By Bus: There are many buses from Pune to Parner. However, hiring a cab or taxi is a better idea.
- By Train: Ahmednagar Railway Station is the nearest railway station. Ahmednagar is about 40km to Parner.
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