This story takes place in Kerala, India. We live close to an old temple which was rebuilt a few years ago. Prior to being rebuilt, no one knew there was a temple there. The land on which the temple exists belongs to a family that was going through a lot of hardship (financial, health, and even deaths), let us call them Family A. There was another family in a different location that was facing similar hardships let's call them family B. The family B consulted an astrologer and found out that there was a Devi temple in their family's old home and the deity is displeased with them. A temple needs to be rebuilt to fix all their troubles. They sought out Family A and together both the families decided to build the temple to fix the troubles. But building a temple and sustaining it is difficult hence they sought help from locals who helped and soon a small but functional temple was built. People around the place were pleased as now they had a temple in the locality. But this was a short-lived joy.
Most people could visit the temple and face no issues, but young girls, unmarried ones started displaying strange behavior. D was the first victim. D was our neighbor. She was a happy-go-lucky girl who was pretty and rather shy. On her way to an exam, she decided to visit the temple to seek blessing like she has done many times. But on that particular day, something terrible happened. She couldn't explain what she saw or what happened but she ran out of the temple screaming. She suffered a high fever and had to be admitted to the hospital. During hospitalization, her fever spiked to abnormal levels and she became delirious. She had to be tied down and restrained. After her fever went away the doctors told the family to take her home as there was nothing they could do for her.
Her mental health went for a complete toss. She was delusional and suffered memory loss. She couldn't recognize my niece whom she loved so dearly. She no longer recognized my cousin who has been her best friend since they were toddlers. She spoke in gibberish and was randomly violent. She would speak about things that made no sense, would hallucinate, and be paranoid. Her family kept her chained. It was heartbreaking. None of the treatments worked on her. Finally her family decided this was not medical. They visited a priest who ordered some special ceremonies (pooja) to be performed. Within three days of the ceremony, D was out calling my cousin. She now recognized everyone and in a few days had fully recovered.
I found it all hard to believe but when I met her a few years later, I saw her hand and feet still had the scars from being tied down. But no one could figure out what she saw or what happened. But the horror didn't end there. More girls fell victim to the same entity including my cousin, D's friend. All of them have recovered but no one knows what happened in the temple. What they saw or what possessed them. All of this is has left us perplexed. The temple still exists. But neither I nor any girls from my family go there even though it's just behind our house.
Has anyone else experienced something like this? I will share what happened with my cousin in another post if possible.