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Jinns are shape-shifters, and often take the form of a human or animal commonly snake, dog, cat, crow, or bull. Jinns are exorcised by pious people like Imam or Mawlana by reciting chapters from the Quran. Jinns have the ability to predict future, can read people's thoughts, have extraordinary strength and powers; and a person possessed by a Jinn can also demonstrate such abilities. However, Jinns are dimwitted, foolhardy, aggressive, angry and deceives humans with their lies. The sweet salespeople in Bangladesh strongly affirm the idea that Jinns come to the sweet shops at late night in human form to download sweets.
Jinns live in clans, and every clan is headed by a King Jinn. The Tomb of Pari Bibi who was the daughter of Shaista Khan , Subahdar of Bengal, 17th century is one of the three major parts of this fort. It has been a legend for a long time that in the full moon night, Pari Bibi appear on the fort, singing and dancing.
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Another well-known haunting myth of Lalbagh Fort is the ghost of a man on his horse, who gets in and out of the fort at night. They say this apparition actually goes for his prayers. Normally, prayer time starts around 5 am. However, when people see this ghost, they hear the call for prayer coming from the prayer room at around 3 am, which is absurd. When they rush to see what is happening inside the prayer room, they find it completely empty.
In other rumours, there is a hidden passageway to Agra presently in India from this fort. Local legends say, whoever found this passageway and entered it, has never returned.
However, the doorways that claimed to have connected to Agra had been sealed long ago by the British rulers after a mystical occurrence happened to an investigation team.
The team was searching for the end of the hidden passageway with their dogs chained by the team members. First they sent their dogs to enter the dark passage but when they pulled their chain they saw the dogs disappeared. The British rulers also sent some elephants in this tunnel, but according to legend, none of them ever returned.
People experienced two different kinds of female entities around the lake. One of them is a spirit of black shadowy woman, who attacked on people. Another is a spirit of a young woman who warned people of the dangers about the black shadowy female entity. Black shadowy woman is reported to be seen mainly on the old side of the lake, sitting on the curve of two hills.
While driving on this road, people see a lady suddenly appear out of nowhere at the middle of the road, and while they push hard break to stop, they loose control and face an accident.
However, the women seem to disappear completely. The woman is spotted most of the time in this road between Nikunjo and Biman office at night. Many people claim to hear a baby crying in midnight from within the graveyards. Very unpleasant odour is experienced sometimes. Many have reported that they felt as if they were being followed by an invisible entity at night while walking beside the Banani Graveyard. One of the investigators had also been scratched by an invisible entity at that location.
Even though the flat has been empty for years, sometimes human figures are seen in the apartment. There are no electricity connection to the flat, but lights are sometimes seen in the flat. Apartment in Uttara Sector 3, Dhaka : There is an apartment in Sector-3 which harbors a very ill-motivated spirit. On the 2nd and 3rd floor apartments, people can hear screaming sounds at night time.
Some are also awakened from their sleep by objects moving and also having their legs pulled by something invisible. Purbo Nayatola Rail Crossing, Dhaka : With the common crisis of missing infants, the rail crossing in Purbo Nayatola sprouted a mystery to chill the bones.
A woman is told to wander the lines frantically looking for her son, and actually asking those who are present in the vicinity. With no confirmations of disruptive behaviour so far, this tale was confirmed when the rail master of the crossing himself faced this mysterious woman, their encounter concluding with her instant disappearance once he followed her.
Vacant for over many years now, new tenants were unable to stay in the apartment for long because of numerous unusual occurrences, physical and psychological. The humble rumours originally begin with the suicide of a woman inside the apartment itself.
There are various rumours associated with the century-old, derelict Hindu houses in and around Old Dhaka. Of this particular house, it is said that a white clad lady comes out of the temple at midnight and roams around the house.
In the last 30 years, at least people drowned in this old pond. These deaths are believed to be caused by something paranormal because people who can swim don't usually drown in such small pond.
Because of this reason, Dhaka University authority has put up a signboard mentioning that swimming and bathing are not allowed in that pond. The employee who put up that signboard has reported that on that night he had a nightmare where he saw an old witch with very long hair saying that he has taken away her food and that's why he has to pay for it.
The scared employee left his job afterwards.
Many people have seen someone swinging in the swing at the downstairs balcony late at night near am. Moreover, sounds of people can be heard from the roof-top, when no one is there. It is heard, that many years ago the landlord's daughter who had mental health issues, committed suicide in this house and the paranormal incidents are happening ever since. People who lived and worked in that house have reported paranormal incidents, bad luck, and unnatural accidents in their lives.
An exorcist also reportedly died in that house while performing exorcising ritual. There are twin ponds called Bhobani and Rukshar, and rumour has it that there used to be a Hindu cremation ground in the spot of one of the ponds. With the land apparently being haunted by evil spirits, the whole compound is extremely infamous among the locals.
People reportedly experience Nishir Daak Call of the Night Spirit , and also seen a tall glowing figure of a woman with burning eyes climbing on a tree, who tends to attack her victims. The workers protested by demanding rapid action to remove a ghost, which some workers claimed had attacked them in the ladies' washroom, making them terrified and hysterical.
Medical experts contended that the workers were experiencing Mass psychogenic illness. However, special prayers were held, and food was distributed among the poor to 'drive away' the alleged ghostly entity. At night, the truck drivers have experienced a real chilling experience while travelling through that particular spot.
They have seen a person at the middle of the road waiting to take a hitch, and they ended up experiencing some kind of paranormal incident. The temple is said to be guarded by a spirit being who takes human form and appear to unsuspecting tourist after dark, and claims to be the Priest of this temple. Locals believe people never come back after being hypnotised by this spirit being if they are alone after dusk in this area.
Pakri Beach, Chittagong : This silver sand beach has a reputation of being haunted. People complained that they have heard mysterious footsteps and eerie sounds of screaming near them. When they tried to follow, they found something actually trying to get them in the water. A couple explained their feelings of being watched all time when they were walking after sunset. The ghost of an old sailor has been seen by many tourists and local people.
All of them saw the old sailor on his boat in the deep sea. Some people have claimed to see a number of sailors in their small boats in the sea at a distance. They claimed those to be apparitions as no one was reported sailing during those times.
Fater Jungle in Kuakata is also a haunted location. Rumours among the Rakhaine people say that in the late s a father and son from Musullipara village at Kuakata went into the deep forest of Gangamati by the Bay of Bengal to collect fuel wood.
At one point the duo felt thirsty. Customarily, both started to dig the sandy surface with their hands and soon hit something hard. As they removed the sand over a small area, they sensed that they hit something precious for the emerging wooden structure glittered with golden decorative sheets.
The duo, with their wood cutting machete dismantled the golden bits and then started to dig further for more. The more they dug, more of the metals emerged from what it looked like a very large wooden boat buried under the sand. As the sun was about to set, both decided to call it a day and left the place promising to return early morning the following day.
But the daylight never came for the father and son. During the night both died under mysterious circumstances, prompting widespread gossip. Soon people learnt about the buried boat in the forest laden with gold. The unexplained deaths of the father and son, who had collected "gold" from the mysterious boat, triggered another rumour suggesting that the boat was cursed and haunted. Till today many people in Kuakata believe that anyone trying to explore the gold-laden boat would face the same fate of the father and son.
There is a cremation ground in Mollar Hat, which is also believed to be haunted. There are three Hindu temples on the wetland, where different kinds of paranormal phenomenon happen. Some smell rotting flesh and an old man is said to haunt the grounds. Farmhouse in Comilla : A huge farmhouse in Comilla is reported to have a lot of paranormal activities at night.
Black shadow hits people and scratches them. Paranormal entities are seen by paranormal investigators and EVP recordings have confirmed the place to be haunted. Koyra , Khulna : said to be haunted by the hundreds who lost their lives there during Cyclone Sidr.
Aliapur Village in Chuadanga : In every new-moon, from 12 to 3 am, a group of dogs circle around the Aliapur village. Many people have seen these dogs, but the strange thing is that they can only be seen at nights of the new-moon. Once a group of young men from the village tried to investigate the matter, and two of them were seriously wounded by dog-bites.
They reported that the dogs walked in a line with the same pace. The dogs were dark black in colour, and their eyes had a kind of bluish tint. It is only known for two things - first, its rare collection of books and second - its haunted incidents. Regular visitors reported some eerie incidents about this haunted place. Some has heard the sound of footsteps coming from no where while others felt close breathing noise near them when they did not place the books at their right place.
People believe it is the soul of governor's wife- Lady Metcalfe. She loved cleanliness and hated when somebody did not put things in its right place. It is one of such haunted places in Kolkata where people fear to enter in nights of Kali Puja when goddess Kali is evoked in late hours of night. Aghoris visit this place on late night hours and eat remaining flesh of burning pyre and use them to evoke occult powers. She has been seen dancing on the platforms and wandering along the tracks, and the sight has allegedly caused the death of a railway employee.
However, these reports were rubbished by the government and the station was reopened in after being deserted for 42 years. Metro drivers and passengers have reported to see eerie unclear figures passing the track, given, the track has a voltage of V D. Legend has it that those are the spirits of people who died due to the suicides.
This burial ground was constructed in , and most of the graves are of British soldiers. This place is considered spooky, but spirits do not annoy any visitor. There are only few reports in favor of this place being haunted. According to one, a group who went to take photographs, saw a shadow in white dress. Soon he got an asthma attack even though not being Asthmatic and the others had fallen ill. In that cemetery is the grave of Sir W. Mac Naghten, whose body was ripped apart in Afghanistan.
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Later, his wife had assembled the remaining pieces of his body, brought to Kolkata and buried here in this cemetery. Apparently, if someone narrates this incident near his grave, then the huge tree above his grave shivers. Pride was the queen of the tracks, and won countless races and trophies for George. George loved her beyond anything. In the lapse of time, Pride started turning old and weak. One day she lost the annual Calcutta Derby, and in the following morning she was found dead on the tracks.
Since then, on moonlit Saturday nights, people may spot a charming white mare galloping across the race course. Although this building is still inhabited by some people, no one dares to live in the upper stories of the building, especially post-dusk.
People feel creepy presence of the unseen everywhere while they are inside the palatial structure. Apparently, this place was originally inhabited by wealthy zamindars who would sexually exploit women in here—and, it is their souls which hover around this place.
It was constructed by Governor General Warren Hastings, and later it became the Governor's residence. Now, Calcutta University runs a women's college here.
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Many students have complained about spooky, paranormal incidents happening to them. Some claimed to see an old English man believed to be Warren Hastings on horse asking for some files while others have spectated the ghost of a boy who died years ago in the campus playing football.
Today it is Secretariat of West Bengal Government. None of the office staff take the risk of working late evening here.
People who live near this building often listen sudden outcry, giggles and screams during midnight. Wrestlers who practice daily on Mullick Ghat and Zanana bathing ghat in early morning hours 3 AM , see someone's hands above water as if they are seeking help. People who fell in their trap and tries to help them never return. A number of murders have taken place in the Dow Hill forest that has left an eerie feeling in the atmosphere. Many locals have also heard footsteps in the corridors of Victoria Boys School during the December—March vacations, when no one is supposed to be inside.
On the stretch that links Dow Hill to the forest office, woodcutters and labourers have reported seeing a headless boy walking for several yards and disappearing into the forest. Even many students are said to be afraid to attend classes in a school located beside its boundary wall. Ruins of Murshidabad : Various myths and ghost stories surrounding the ruins of palaces of Muslim nawabs, mosques and cemeteries are very much popular among local residents as well as among tourists.
In popular culture[ edit ] Ghosts, other similar supernatural entities, as well as tales of paranormal powers such as clairvoyance, psychic phenomenon etc. Some classic literature and folk-lore are also based on such plot. The number of Bengali films of this genre are small in number compared to the western world. Some radio and TV programs also feature stories of people's paranormal experiences.
Common people of both Bangladesh and West Bengal love the supernatural thrills, and the personal stories of people's paranormal experiences are hot topics for gossip, rumours and hangout discussions among friends and family. In the early days, ghosts were the only ingredients of Bengali folk-tales and fairy-tales.
Lal Behari Dey has collected many folk-tales of Bengal, and translated them in English. His book called Folk-Tales of Bengal , first published in , features many amazing folk-tales associated with ghostly and supernatural beings. Other such story collection from the same author are Thakurdadar Jhuli , Thandidir Tholay and, Dadamoshayer Tholay Some are mentioned below: Depiction of Betaal hanging by a tree and King Vikramaditya in the background.
The hero of this series is King Vikramaditya , the legendary emperor of Ujjain, India. King faces many difficulties in bringing the Betaal a demonic being to the tantric. Each time the king tries to capture the Betaal, it tells a story that ends with a riddle.
If the king cannot answer the question correctly, the phantom consents to remain in captivity. If the king knows the answer but still keeps quiet, then his head shall burst into thousand pieces. And if King Vikram answers the question correctly, the phantom would escape and return to his tree.
He knows the answer to every question; therefore the cycle of catching and releasing the phantom continues twenty-four times till the last question puzzles the king. Troilokyanath Mukhopadhyay : He used ghosts in a humorous and satirical way in his novels and stories; and created a new genre in Bengali literature, which was pioneering, and is still followed today by many Bengali writers.
Upendra Kishore Roychowdhury : He is one of the most talented author of children's literature of his time, and also noted for his ghost stories where the ghosts are harmless, fun-loving, and benevolent entities.
Sukumar Ray : This acclaimed writer has written some humorous literary pieces e. Henry-esque endings. But did the great literary and artistic minds simply weave these stories to scare little children instilling in them a fear of the dark? Not quite. For the stories, at least the ones by the greats are far less about the fear than about the bouquet of mystery, the atmosphere and the sense of curiosity and discovery. When, in the closing lines, the other two men found out that their friend had kept his date even after death, I, the reader, was left more alone than scared.
It was only after that that I read the awe-inspiring Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi awardee writer making my way through her voluminous story collections, celebrated novels including the grand trilogy Prothom Protishruti, Subarnalata and Bokul Katha. The honest sentiments are, perhaps, best borne out by the following example. Perhaps the most prolific of horror writers for children was Hemendrakumar Roy. I say horror because he went well beyond ghosts and wrote about men transforming into bloodthirsty animals, occult practices, invisible men and such other.
Even though the lines demarcating critics from writers have always been blurred and well-known names are known to have switched sides, it is in many ways unusual for a critic of performing arts to turn to writing horror stories for children. He, the famed editor of Naachghar, was every bit a well-heeled urbane Calcuttan.
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But he found Roy very different from his previous get-up. A visibly impoverished Roy was found shirtless in the heat of a third floor room in a small alley of Calcutta, seated at a little table, writing. Set them in our own country.
Let our children be proud and mystified about their own lands.Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. But did the great literary and artistic minds simply weave these stories to scare little children instilling in them a fear of the dark? If the person refuses to leave the fish for the Mechho Bhoot, it threatens to harm them.
There is a commonly used Bengali idiom - Jokkher Dhon literal meaning: Jokkho's Wealth which actually implies "protecting a beloved person" or "safeguarding precious wealth". Paulami Sengupta Editor. Many of the stories are teasingly humorous, like the eponymous story by Swapan Kumar, which charts the pitting of wits between a shadowy organization called The Moving Shadow and a private investigator called Dipak Chatterjee.
However, the women seem to disappear completely. Professor Shonku All Books.