This had happened with me 15 days back. I have very prompt believed in the worship of lord Shiva. I quite often go to the nearest temple, the Gauri Kedareshwar temple. It is one of the most ancient temples of this city. It had two main entrances; one from a bazaar named upon the temple and hence called/known as Kedar Bazaar and the second entrance which opens from the ghats and had been named on the temple and famously known as the 'Kedar Ghat'. Whenever I made a visit to the temple, I prefer to take the first entrance because the second entrance which open from the Kedar Ghat had a cremation ground nearby (say the adjacent ghat) known as the 'Harishchandra Ghat' which is a famous cremation place where Hindus burn the bodies of loved ones after their demise.
One can see the continuous process of cremation standing near the door of the temple and it sometime would give you bizarre feelings. A person who just had worship god and came out of the temple full of positive feelings suddenly sees bodies being burnt on Chitas (pyre), corpses being washed up in holy ganga before being finally put on pyre, gives odd feelings.
Returning home, I often choose an alley which is a shortcut to my residence. The entrance of that alleyway there is another temple known as the 'The Dharmeshwar Temple'. In the Garbha griha (Garbha griha is the small unit shrine of a Hindu temple) of that temple is a Shiva lingam (meaning "mark", "sign", or "inference" is a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva used for worship in temples) which according to the myths was established by Yamraj (god of death). This is the only Hindu temple in the world in which the god of death is being worship.
The people after performing the cremation rituals, worship in the temple as it is being considered that if they worship in that temple the dead relative of theirs will get rid of the tortures of Hell after his death even after committing thousands sins when they were alive. There is an open house like structure near that alleyway for those people who had traveled with the dead corpses of their relatives from far to reach to the cremation place; could take some rest before getting prepare for the last rites.
Coming back, I had a prompt belief that ghosts and evil entities are mostly active in faint lights or in the nights. But soon, my perception would be demolished by some nasty experiences. After completing my worship, I took that alleyway to return home. As I had mentioned above that it was the shortcut to my residence; while crossing, I saw a dead corpse of a female who was kept and laid on the ground in an unusual position which I had not seen before. Usually in Hinduism, we position a dead corpse's head pointing towards north and feet pointing towards south direction which symbolized the direction of death.
Her legs and hands were folded and her full body was wrapped with a red cloth. She looked bizarre to me as I had never seen a female dead body wrapped in red cloths and body laid on the ground in the seating position. The whole posture of the dead corpse looks horrible to me. I just quickly crossed over and tried to kick the whole experience out of my mind and tried to recall positive thinking so that I could forget that horrible visual experience. I returned home and gave the Prasad (a devotional offering made to a god, typically consisting of food that is later shared among devotees) to my family members and started getting prepared for the office.
When I was clothing up near the dressing table, I saw a female creature standing near the window which was situated behind me and hence clearly visible from the affixed mirrors of the dressing table. I immediately responded and looked behind but I saw nothing there. I thought that it must be an illusion (or something like that as I don't have the words through which I could explain that feeling). I had my breakfast and went for the office. The whole day I heard sounds like slow breathing near to my ears which I had never experienced before. After leaving from the office I returned home. I took my dinner and went to my bedroom. As I opened the door the whole room was full with burnt skin like smell. I called my youngest brother, he too smells that. We opened all the windows and sprayed some room fresheners and locked the doors again. We (I and my youngest brother) sat in the drawing room and watched television for an hour or so and then I along with by brother entered my room. As entering the room again we smelled the same odor. I call mother and she too smells that. My mother told us not to worry about it as this odor may be coming from our neighborhood where someone might have involved in doing some kind of tantric kriya (black magic or something like that). I then get to bed as I was tired and my youngest brother get involved in playing games on computer. I picked up a comic book (as I am fond of reading comic books) and devoted myself in reading it.
While reading the comic book, I stretched my hands in order to rest them, suddenly I saw a woman standing near the gate in red saree and she vanishes before I was able to make any movement. I said to my brother what I had seen a seconds before. We immediately went to my mother and asked her if we have any guest of aunty leaving in the 3rd floor. She replied that our aunty had gone to meet her relative that afternoon and she would be returning after 2 days.
I return to my room and I again smell burnt skin like odor. I started thinking about what and why I had seen her and what was the connection between him and the odor? Was she a ghost of that corpse which I had seen that morning?
I have still not able to decode it. Perhaps, I decided to share this with you people maybe you could better explain it.
The city in which I reside is Varanasi where life and death coexist in peace and my ancestral house is close by to a famous cremation ground. So you see dead bodies passing frequently and if you bow every time it will give you serious back pain 😆