Thursday, December 27

The Girl, The Dreams and the Daayan Cult

A Personal Encounter by Sahil (Mumbai, Maharashtra)

This happened to me when I was in my first year of college, it is quite spooky because I am sure it is not a ghost. It is something that is very real yet very strange. It all started when I was on my way to college, I was at the signal, when a car right next to me caught my eye, a very beautiful woman was engrossed typing something on her iphone.

My Haunted House in Dev Nagar, New Delhi

A Personal Encounter by R. S. Raghavan (New Delhi)

My experience is a true experience of the unexplained. Though my parents didn't share these experiences with anyone, this is the first time this story is being shared.

I am now 44 years old. When i was 16 yrs old in 1984, my parents shifted house from janakpuri where we had our own flat to a government quarters Type 5 in Dev Nagar area of New Delhi.

Since i was an only son i was used to being in a flat and i and my mother were initially not inclined to shift base. However my dad was fully in favour of this move as he was of the opinion that this was quite a big house, of the European style of the early part of the 19th century and had a servant quarters, a garden etc.

Monday, December 10

Haunted abandoned factory near Mumbai (Maharashtra)

It is said that stories leave behind footprints. A life drops tiny pebbles of milestones at every little corner of its stupendous journey. Most of the popular ghost stories in India have always had a stage (a house, a cremation ground or an office) which had a tragedy supporting it from beneath. A traumatic death, a mortal accident, untamed love or whatsoever! Today, we have a story that lurks a bit away from the traditional genre of Indian Ghost Stories.

Friday, September 14

Munja (Brahmadaitya) – The holy tormentor ghost

Indian, a land of diverse religions, castes and sub-castes has inherited a treasure of supernatural myths and legends. There is a typical segment of haunted beliefs in the different states of this vast land. The legendary ghosts are typically classified based on their religion, time & nature of death, place of death and so on. The deeper you study these legends, the deeper you will gain an understanding of how these Indian Ghost Stories actually support the traditional and religious framework of India. 

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Monday, August 20

Brijraj Bhavan (Kota, Rajasthan) - Haunted Palace and a Heritage Hotel

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All of us know that India with its rich and long history was ruled by the British for almost 150 years, until 1947, when India rose to freedom. The first war for independence, popular as the Indian Mutiny started long back in 1857, and so did this ghost story from India. Back then, when the soldiers were called ‘sepoys’ and India was divided into so-called princely states ruled by the Kings who soon surrendered to the British. Rajasthan, the largest state of the Republic of India is one such region ruled by the Kings for centuries. Surely, there are many haunted places in Rajasthan which would add up to the list of ghost stories from India

Wednesday, August 15

Chudail (Daayan) - The story of Indian Witch & Witchcraft

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India is a land of myths & legends – centuries of profound history has given this land endless fables rising from every nook & corner. When it comes to ghostly icons, one is obviously drawn to the globally acclaimed vampires, werewolves & Halloween charades. However, it is quite interesting to note that Indian Ghost Stories have its own counterparts to compete with this global folklore, some of which have more horrifying track records. 

Monday, August 13

Delhi Cantonment (Cantt) - Haunted Sightings & Ghostly Encounters

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Haunted Destinations in India! You’ll find loads of them; even our National Capital has not been spared. Yes, there are many haunted places in Delhi. Many true Indian ghost stories have been acknowledged here and one of them is in the Delhi Cantonment. Delhi Cantonment popularly referred to as Delhi Cantt is one of the three statutory towns that make up the National Capital Territory of Delhi.These cantonments were originally established by the British Indian Army. With few strange incidences and bizarre events, this has become one of the most eerie places in Delhi. So here goes this real Indian ghost story.

Friday, August 3

Qutub (Qutb) Minar (Delhi) – History, Tragedies and Haunts

India – the Golden Bird has had a rich history dating back through centuries. Numerous civilizations, reigns and eras – this land has been a spectator to glorious happenings along with many tragedies. The impressions of these magnificent centuries can very well be seen through the various historical monuments spread across the country.


Tuesday, July 24

Chhalava (छलावा) – The Undead – Incarcerated between earth & hell

As described by Pradhuman (Pune)

India is full of myths and legends – the roots of which sometimes take you back by centuries. The historical monuments, excavation sites, abandoned villages and dark forests – each of them have a typical set of haunts attached to them. Indians have always cherished these haunts & the Indian ghost stories associated with them – the legends run through generations.
Chhalava (pronounced as ch - huh – laava) is one such age-old legend which still haunts north-Indian villages. This legend is quite popular in the remote villages of the state of Uttar Pradesh. According to what Pradhuman narrated me – a chhalava is not a ghost as such (no mantrik would be able to locate and destroy it). He is rather a spirit trapped between earth & hell. A chhalava, is supposed to be a legend dating centuries back, a notorious warrior who was punished to be trapped in transition for centuries. He is known to haunt single men (generally those who have their marriages scheduled in the near future).

Friday, July 6

Hound in a Hotel – Raj Kiran Hotel – Haunted Hotel in Lonavla (Mumbai)

From shadowy figures, strange mists and apparitions to angels and demons, India has experienced it all. Many of these incidents verified by the experts, Indian ghost stories have been into the talking since ages. Horror movies are being directed, and T.V. serials are being shown, the world has learnt to make a business out of Indian horror tales. Apparently, when such an incident takes somewhere close to Mumbai: the Dream City of India, the magnitude of any incidence just doesn't remain the same. The ever-increasing news media and other communication channels, all of them get ready upfront to cover the news and win the race. 

Hotel Raj Kiran Resort, Lonavala (Mumbai) - A Haunted Tourist Destination

Thursday, July 5

Hostel Horrors - Haunted Place in Pune

A Personal Encounter by Anwar (Pune)

Since my childhood, I have been sensitive (and often attracted) to paranormal vibes. My folks tell me how I (as a kid) used to wander away into abandoned houses & forests, simply lured by such vibes. However, I chose to suppress these feelings, since they would lead me nowhere.

Saturday, June 30

Dumas Beach - Crematory to Haunting

Every country, religion, tradition, caste has its own set of beliefs and disbeliefs. India leads this suite when it comes to having a set of beliefs. India, a country which believes in Unity-in-Diversity has diverse beliefs right from a person’s birth till his death. They believe that ghosts are considered to be mere unfortunate souls exist as a result of being cursed or having committed severe sins in their lives. They are alleged to persist between the higher worlds and earth.Indian mythology teaches that ghosts are people without physical bodies or the souls of people who died before their time, or bodies created due to paranormal activities and tragedies. This is another reason why Indian ghost stories have a unique significance all over the world. It is trusted that the apparitions hang around or just prevail leading to buzz words such as Indian isolated places, Indian deserted buildings, Indian ancient ruins, haunted beaches in India, Indian hunted hotels, haunted destinations in India etc. Indian mythologies also claim that ghosts, not having experienced life’s joys, undergo a lot of sufferings as the senses are intact but there is no physical body to interact with the outside world. Hindus, having majority of their population in India, do not bury the dead bodies like other religions but cremate it with an intention of releasing the soul from its earthly experience. Hindus believe that cremation, as compared to burial is most spiritually beneficial to the departed soul. One such cremation place is in the beach named Dumas which is supposedly haunted. Apparently, this is one of the true Indian ghost story.

Friday, June 29

Morning Horror

A Personal Encounter by Shekhar (Mumbai, Maharashtra)

Hi everyone, this is Shekhar from Mumbai. Just thought of sharing this bizarre incident I came across when I was at a friend’s place, about two years ago. I was spending a night at his place near CP Tank. It was an age-old place, probably dating back to the British era – a typical Mumbai styled chawl. His room was on the topmost floor in a forgotten corner. There was dust and the roof was wearing off. The bulb in the lobby was either stolen or was never put up.

Wednesday, June 20

The Crying Corpse

A Personal Encounter by Dr. Girija Kulkarni (Pune, Maharashtra)

This happened when I was into my second year of Medical School. Usually we had to stay back in the hospitals either to assist the seniors or work over our cases. Let me confess that I, being the first doctor in our family, was never used to seeing so much of blood, pain & death lying around - not to mention the nauseous smell of the medicines & chemicals. Most of my first year went into crying for home, puking during practicals and crying more...

Sunday, June 17

Kurseong Dow Hill - Hill Station or Haunted Destination?

Indian Ghost Stories or Indian horror tales – Ever tried googling these words? Sixty search pages and hundreds of web sites with millions of incidences is the result you would get. So, one can imagine the impact these paranormal activities impose on human life. India, a country with its rich history, certainly filled with mysteries is where you’ ll find legends and folktales about paranormal activities. Are these true? – Nobody knows. Does anyone believe in them? – Yes, there are many. Unknown ghosts and deadly spirits are the points of discussion atleast once in a lifetime for everyone. 

Friday, June 15

Bhangarh Fort – History to Mystery!

Historic Wonders, Unsolved Mysteries, Aliens, so-proclaimed Haunted Places, and anything superhuman always enjoys a special treatment since ages – it’s as if people are repelled by the single instance of a ‘dull boring routine life’. Some incidents attract global attention while many stay confined to that region. Many others are diplomatically buried down and people remain aloof of what exactly happened. Indian Ghost stories have always been spoken about all over the world due to various reasons, one of them being a mysterious history attached with the nation.

Sunday, May 13

The Haunted Railway Station of Begunkodor

Paranormal Activities – some of the very few most ‘googled’ keywords. When it comes to the supernatural, India surely attracts a couple of extra votes – and why shouldn’t it? India is a country with diverse cultures, religions, diverse nature of people and obviously so many different superstitions. Paranormal Activities in India have been setting up their own benchmarks. True or False, Believable or not, these stories have certainly mesmerized people for centuries.

Often, we overhear different incidents, reports, myths of various ghost stories in India. These incidents are rooted at various locales such as historical forts, railway stations, hotels, hill stations etc. Talking about railway stations - so many apparition stories have been reported worldwide. These are often referred to as ‘Ghost Trains’, ‘Haunted railway stations’, ‘Abandoned stations’ etc. One interesting thing when it comes to history of railways is that there are loads of incidences which may seem to be the probable causes to myths & legends. Railway lines and stations have stories of grisly deaths in which the victims stick around in spirits form. People die as a result of accidents, natural deaths and suicides. Obviously, the iron lines mesmerize people who are determined to end themselves. Some say many of these unfortunate souls linger on and are trapped within the physical boundary of their death.

Monday, January 16

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), the holiday home for ancient spirits

After spending months of dreary routine, people love spending a couple of days pampering themselves to the freshness and calm of a nearby holiday destination - and Indians are no exception either. However, owing to the vastness of this golden land, the geographical variety changes the destination of 'Holiday Destination' in the various parts of the country - up in the north-west, it is the adventurous Great Indian Desert, the northern region adorned by the Great Himalayas, the east enjoying the mega-rivers & the Bay of Bengal while the west escaping to the serene coasts. Lots of other regions enjoy in more fascinating ways, but kind of time-consuming to focus on them.

Sunday, January 15

Sinhagad (Pune, Maharashtra) - The hub of supernatural activities

The western region of the state of Maharashtra is lavishly blessed with nature's riches - plush forests, mountain ranges, water bodies and an amazing range of life. The city of Pune, located on the Deccan Plateau is one such metro who enjoys natural, political as well as global pampering. The city has an even richer history, dating back to about 1000 AD. Well, you can find endless resources telling you about the city, the tourist destinations & blah blah blah - that's not what we are here for, right?

Saturday, January 14

Khavis (खवीस) - The messenger of death - An age old myth

India has a multitude of reasons to be famous for, but that's not what we are talking about. One of the many reasons though, is the way spirituality and supernatural activities have been embedded within the centuries-old culture. Every different state of India has their own perspective towards such illusions (if at all they are so); going ahead, every state has their own set of ghosts & legends. Of the many supernatural castes & religions, we shall now look at a particularly interesting specimen - the खवीस (Khavis). There have been many Indian Ghost Stories circling around this myth.