Tanot Mata Mandir
Near the border of Pakistan, some 153 kilometers outside of Jaisalmer, stands Tanot Mata temple. Unassuming and ordinary on the outside, this auspicious shrine lays claim to a host of stories rising from the battlefields of the Indo-Pakistan war. In 1965, during the first war, the Pakistani army dropped over 3,000 bombs targeting the temple, and yet, not even one exploded. Then again in 1971, Pakistani tanks attempted to target the temple, but their efforts were futile – their only success was in sticking themselves in the sand.
Everyone was mystified by these supernatural goings-on, and after the first war, the temple was handed over to the Border Security Force of India. To date, the temple grounds are manned and maintained by the BSF soldiers. The faith surrounding Tanot Mata temple remains so strong that the army and the BSF stop and apply its sand on their foreheads to protect them and make their journeys fruitful.
These days, a museum stands inside with a display of the collection of unexploded bombs shot by Pakistani tanks.