I am from India. I live in Rewa which is in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The experience which I am sharing is not a very scary one but is definitely very strange. I am still not able to explain the reasons behind my experience. Any explanation would be welcome.
As my city is not a big one so after graduation I went to Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh) to prepare for civil service examination. I used to live next to Azad Park. Anyone from Allahabad must be familiar with the place as it is a popular hangout spot for people. It is a large park enclosed by a boundary wall from all sides. Along the aforementioned boundary, there are street light poles. My experience is concerned with one such Street light. It may sound funny to you but it is what it is. It was during the month of December and whole North India was in grips of severe cold weather. From the window of my room I could see the park and it was a pass time for me to watch the morning joggers and other people coming and going. My coaching institute was in civil lines area and I used to walk to and fro from my coaching. My classes usually ended around 8 pm in the evening and this being December, weather was normally foggy. I used to take a shortcut through the park to reach my room. It took almost 20-30 minutes for me to reach my room.
One day due to some reason or other, my class got delayed by about half an hour and by the time I reached the park, very few people were there. It was a cold, foggy night and I was walking along the boundary wall of the park when suddenly I realised something. The last Street light that I passed, flickered and turned off. Now I know this is not very creepy but all other lights were still on and what was more disconcerting was that as soon as I walked some distance away from it, it turned on again. Huh! Strange! I thought, but brushed it off as just a coincidence and walked away.
I forgot about the incident next day and was returning home from coaching when I passed under that same street light and it started flickering again! I stopped dead in my tracks and slowly traced my steps back, away from the light. Almost immediately, it stopped flickering and was back to normal. Happening once, I could have said that it was a coincidence but two times in a row. No way! Now I was feeling a bit nervous. Not scared but nervous. I hurriedly walked to my room and thought about what to do next.
Next day I went to my coaching and told my story to a friend. He was incredulous and wanted to see for himself. I told him to come along with me and we went together. When I crossed the street light, it immediately switched off. Then I told my friend to pass under the light but nothing happened. I repeated this for at least 10 times and each time the light would turn off. Now, my friend was also confused but said there must be some kind of wiring fault in the light. I also thought that although all this was very strange, it was harmless. I brushed it off and continued to walk from the same path.
In fact it now seemed funny to me and I took my other friends to show them "my special trick".it was very funny to see their shocked expressions once they realised that I could switch on and off the street light just by walking below it! But in spite of all this, I used to feel a cold sensation while passing alone under the light. This went on for almost 2 months and by now it was a routine experience for me. But all this changed when I was going to Jabalpur (a city in Madhya pradesh, India).
My train was at 11:30 in night and I hired a cycle rickshaw for going to station. As rickshaw would pass along the street light, I thought why not have some fun. I told the rickshaw puller, "bhaiya dekhna abhi jab rickshaw is light ke neeche se niklega ye bujh jayegi" meaning brother, this light will turn off when rickshaw will pass under it. He laughed and said let's see. And true to my word, the light turned off as soon as I passed under it and then immediately turned on when rickshaw was some distance away. I laughed and said,"see what I told you ".
But instead of laughing or being shocked, the rickshaw puller looked scared. He asked me what was going on. I told him my story and said it was happening since past two months. He looked at me gravely and said "I think you are in danger ". I scoffed at him and said why are you saying that. He told me that there could be a spirit on the tree behind the street light and it was somehow attached to me. That was the reason for all this.
I was a bit scared but as I was being late for my train, I told him to drop me at station quickly. I went to Jabalpur and next day came back. My train arrived at Allahabad at 3 in the morning and being this late no rickshaw was ready to go to my area. So I decided to walk and after about 30 minutes was near my home. But as soon as I passed under that street light, I suddenly felt like there was an immense weight on my shoulders. I was unable to move and breathe properly and a feeling of bleakness and depression came over me. I was so overwhelmed by this that I just sat there on the road and started weeping. It was an eerie feeling. Me sitting and weeping there in the middle of the road at such an ungodly hour. I felt like all happiness is gone from my life and there is nothing left for me.
I don't know how much time passed but suddenly I was shaken awake from my reverie by a man. He was a morning jogger and had seen me sitting there, weeping. I hurriedly ran away from there and went to my room and slept for 10 hours straight.
After this incident I was very scared and went back to my village where my parents held a pooja (ritual worship) and tied some sacred taaveez around my neck. After this incident when I went back to Allahabad, I changed my room and after 3 months I left the city. But until this day, I feel goosebumps on my skin when I think about that Street light.
Please tell me your thoughts and any explanation would be welcome. Sorry for my weak English and length of story.