I am Rohan, a 28 year old engineer from Navi Mumbai India. I have been an avid reader on this forum from last 5 years but it's only now I got some courage and time to express myself. Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the spirit world and/or supernatural phenomenon. And I am sure many of you as kids used to share so many ghost stories which may or may not be true but left us all mesmerized and wanting for more! I still remember my school and college trips/camps when we all friends used to gather at night sharing stories regarding the supernatural and ghosts. There is a kind of a sinful delight in being scared unless you are in one of the particular incident. These incidents I want to mention were witnessed by me or by someone close to me.
I have never witnessed anything magical or ghostly like the things we see now a days in movies for example things flying or telekinesis or any other poltergeist activities. I have only witnessed people possessed or who believe to be possessed. It may be true supernatural or some mental illness like schizophrenia, split personality etc, god knows, but the detail in which the possessed people act or reveal secrets has made me a believer. We dismiss it as another horror of superstition and look the other way but these things still exist in the thriving. There are many such incidents to my knowing but for the sake of keeping this story short I would like to mention just a few of my experiences. If people or forum members are interested then I might post more.
In 1980's before I was born a murder of a distant relative took place in our family. He was killed by his known friends over some petty dispute. In those days law and order wasn't that strict. The government was a council of few people, and was called a Panchayat. If the accused were the kin of the affluent council members, they were generally acquitted for these crimes and such was the case here too. I believe (correct me if I am wrong) Vengeful spirit is said to be the soul of a deceased person who returns from the afterlife to seek revenge for a cruel, unnatural or unjust death subjected to torture. In my culture where funeral and cremation ceremonies are important, such vengeful spirits may also be considered as unhappy ghosts of individuals who have not been given a proper cremation. In this case too the body of the victim was never found and all the culprits were acquitted thus giving rise to such a spirit.
2-3 years after the murder, first sign of possession started appearing on some of the sensitive members of the victims family. First it was my aunt who started behaving oddly. I am sure if this case happened at present instead of the 80's many psychologist/ psychiatrist could have earned a fortune. First symptoms were generally mild. My aunt who was a newlywed started eating all the food which was meant for the family of five! And the funny thing was even after eating so much she used to complain with the in-laws that she was being starved. Keep in mind she was the thinnest and slimmest among the entire family. Second symptom came after few days when she started demanding non-vegetarian food. My aunt who was a vegetarian by birth requesting non-veg food was weird at first but since other members of the family were also non vegetarian they thought she must have developed an appetite for meat. The shocker was when she started stealing country liquor and beedis (kind of a local cigarette) and consuming it without anyone noticing! She used to be in a constant state of hangover. Alas after few days the elders after noticing something amiss called the village priest. The priest did notice the presence of a supernatural entity but wasn't able to confirm its identity. The possessing soul is often a liar and very clever and will try to disguise its identity until the very end. Realizing trouble the spirit using my aunt as a medium told the family members that he was the ancestral god and fulfilling his wishes was everyone's duty thus enjoying few days of royal treatment. My great grandfather sensing foul called a well known astrologer from the nearby village. This astrologer who was a wise gentleman and had been involved in the field of occult from a long time was not easily fooled. Using his knowledge he revealed that the spirit was of the dead family member who was murdered few years back by his friends. He was able to subdue the spirit but it was beyond his power to permanently exorcise a spirit filled with such hatred and determination for revenge.
In the span of following 9-10 years the spirit did get its revenge. All of the murder accused except one suffered huge losses in their respective businesses. Their health deteriorated, they had family issues, faced depression eventually leading to death. All died of unusual sickness or by suicide, I don't want to get into detail of how they all died in respect of the deceased. There was one accused who I think realized his mistake and pledged his life to lord Ganesha in the village Ganesh temple. He devoted his life helping the needy, working in the temple and praying for forgiveness. I found out through various sources that the entity tried its best to lure the last accused out of gods grace. But it's the universal truth that no power in this entire world can harm a true follower of god under his mercy. That person died of old age just a few years back and even I attended his funeral.
As years passed the power of the spirit had greatly increased. My aunt and the other relatives were doing fine but they did had bouts of possession once or twice a year. During those short period the possessed were a threat to others as well as to themselves. Various Priests, tantriks and exorcist from different parts were called but in vain. One of the priest said to take my aunt to Mehandipur Balaji temple of Rajasthan. We were kids back then, may be 7-8 can't remember exactly but we too accompanied them on that trip. What I saw there send shivers through my entire body whenever I remember it.
For people, who don't believe in ghosts, this is the place to come where evil spirits are exorcised. (From WEB) Mehandipur Balaji temple is located in Dausa district of Rajasthan, 255 km away from Delhi. There are three main deities of the temple- Lord Hanuman, Pret Raj (The King of spirits), Bhairav. Thousands of devotees flock to this temple to get cured and get evil spirits exorcised. As the legend goes, the images of Lord Balaji and that of Pret Raja (the king of spirits) appeared from 'Mehandipur Dham' around one thousand years ago in a valley, amidst the hills of the Aravali Range. In 2013, an international team of scientist, scholars and psychiatrists from Germany, Netherlands, AIIMS, New Delhi and University of Delhi started a study to research and evaluate all aspects of treatment and rituals at the temple. Has anyone heard of this research? If yes then do let me know the result. Anyway, the priest hired to exorcise my aunt there tried his best, but even though he managed to weaken the entity, he was not completely successful. Regular monthly visits there too proved unfruitful. Next, from an advice of some relatives of other individuals who were earlier possessed, we took our aunt to Gangapur Dattatreya temple. Gangapura (sometimes called Deval Ganagapur) is a village in Karnataka, India. It is located in the Kalburagi district of Karnataka.
At Gangapur a havan was performed by the temple priests. According to wiki, Havan is a sanskrit word which refers to any ritual in which making offerings into a consecrated fire is the primary action. Havan is an age-old sacred ritual to propitiate various deities using the sacred fire as a medium for the attainment of various wishes and boons in the materialistic and the spiritual worlds. They are carried to dispel the negative energies from our minds; to destroy negative life patterns; to annihilate negative effects and evils of others. I still remember this ritual which was carried by 8-10 priests for the span of three days. My aunt who was now diabetic and hardly over 45kgs did manage to injure few priests in a fit of rage but was eventually overpowered. It is over here that the spirit himself revealed that he didn't wish to leave and wouldn't unnecessarily harm my aunt or other members who have started worshiping god! Earlier from a relatives advise my aunt had become a devotee of Shri Siddharudh swami Maharaj (Holy Saint) of Hubli, Karnataka. People from Karnataka would know. The entity told that he would had already succeeded in taking my aunt to the world beyond but whenever he tried the old man used to come beating him with a stick! The old man was none other then the holy saint Siddharudh Swami. I am glad to say that even I am a follower of teachings of shri siddharudh swami and Aai.
There are some questions in my mind which trouble me and which I like to get answered. Is this an evil spirit? I know revenge was on its mind, but seeking justice and revenge is the tendency of most humans. We too crave the company of others! There were instances when this spirit actually helped some family members but at what price? For example, once black magic was performed on one of my uncle by his competitive business rival. The aim was not to harm physically but to incur financial loss. The spirit using a medium revealed this plot and also helped finding the hidden artifact buried in my uncles front yard and on which black magic was cast upon. My uncle although he forgave the rival but after few days the rivals only perfectly fine son met with an accident resulting to head injury causing severe Autism like syndrome, he faced huge losses and had to sell of his land to repay debt. The rival died few years later of liver cirrhosis even though he never drank.
My father was the cousin and a very good friend of the spirits living son. This spirit actually saved my fathers life once. Back in those days televisions were a rarity. There were no movie theaters and newly released movies used to be screened outdoors at night on a white cloth using projectors. Entire village especially the younger audience used to assemble at such events. Similar screening was once organized in the nearby village. After the movie while returning home, my father was separated from his group. As it was already past midnight he decided to travel alone on foot. There were no street lights and on his way he saw two person walking briskly at few distance away. These persons disappeared into the darkness after a while. My Father who had traveled on this same route earlier on several occasion got lost. He was in a state of mental confusion. After wondering in circles for what seemed like an hour he reached near the old railway track crossing. This place was recently famous for suicides and accidents. Although there was a foot over bridge he decided to cross the tracks from below. It was here when he saw those two people again and decided to confront them. Reaching near he saw that they were a couple. On closer inspection he found out that where there should have been a face was complete blackness. Their faces had no shape whatsoever. But the thing was, he wasn't scared. Instead of being afraid there was a deep desire in his mind to go and lie on the train tracks. Before he could do that he was knocked cold and passed out. In the morning he was found near the tracks by some local villagers and was carried home. When he regained consciousness, before mentioning anything to anyone, my aunt again had a bout of possession. The spirit through my aunt revealed that those two people whom my father met at night near the tracks were actually another souls who wanted to lure my father to his death. This spirit actually had to fight them to save my father!
Its been so many years. Our family has expanded vastly. I haven't even seen some of my relatives for years and many relatives, I am not even sure if they are related. In such a big family there have been five suicides in the last six years. One astrologer has informed that all these suicides are related to this spirit. I believe these spirits experience more emotions then what a normal human feels. In such moments of extreme emotions we cannot guess what one spirits can do. We haven't been troubled by it lately for many years. Last year we again visited Gangapur temple to seek blessings and our aunt also accompanied. There my aunt was again possessed and the spirit asked why had we brought her there when he had not troubled any one of us from last many years? We told him that we were just seeking blessings and it was just a general visit. He left immediately afterwards.
Wow, I lost track of time while writing this. I have so much to say but so little time. I know many of you might have questions, I will do my best to answer. Again, I am not a writer, English is not my first language, so if you find any mistakes please do not shy away from mentioning.
- Regards Rohan