Wonders, unsolved mysteries, aliens, UFOs and anything superhuman have always occupied popular imagination since ages. With reports on area 51, Brazilian government's official documents on existence of aliens and even alien abductions this is only getting more interesting. Well, enough has been discussed, argued and analyzed on many websites. But one obvious question would have come in every one's mind: Why most of the reports and sightings are from USA or just a few other countries? Why aren't there reports from countries like India? Is it a coincidence that such incidents don't happen in countries like India? Or is it that incidents in India are simply not reported because people are not aware what exactly happened?
Bhangarh in the state of Rajasthan is one of the most haunted places in India. The story goes like this: the charm of Princess of Bhangarh Ratnawati was matchless in the entire state. In the same region there also lived a tantrik (a magician using black magic) named Singhia who was desperately in love with the princess. One day, he saw the princess' maid in the market buying scented oil for the princess. He used his black magic and put a spell on the oil which would hypnotize the princess by her mere touching the oil and she would immediately walk towards the tantrik. But when princess got the oil, she threw it on the block of a stone as she had seen the tantrik eying the oil. As soon as the oil touched the stone, the stone started rolling towards the tantrik Singhia and crushed him. While dying, Singhia cursed the palace that there will be such an incident that everybody in the palace would die and their souls will stay there for centuries without rebirth. The very next year there was a battle between Bhangarh-Ajabgarh and no one survived in the battle or in the palace, not even princess Ratnawati. The ghosts of royal family have been haunting the place since then. There is a board put up by Government of India which prohibits people from roaming in the fort premises after 06PM.
Taj Mahal in India is famous for being part of the Seven Wonders of the World and as a symbol of love. The Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal is said to have built the Taj Mahal. It was built in 22 years (1631 to 1653) by 20,000 artisans brought to India from all over the world. Many people believe Ustad Isa of Iran designed it." This is what your guide probably told you if you ever visited the Taj Mahal. This is the same story I read in my history book as a student in India. But there is also another school of thought saying, Taj Mahal well existed even before Mumtaj was dead, and it was build by Hindu Rajput kings'. Many of the structures of Taj Mahal show Hindu architecture. No one has ever challenged it except Professor P.N. Oak, who believes the whole world has been duped. It is not Mumtaj's tomb but an ancient Hindu temple palace of Lord Shiva (then known as Tejo Mahalaya).
Then comes the mysterious stone at Shivapur. Shivapur, a small town 180 Km far from Mumbai is not known for its green pastures or Sugarcane fields but for this mysterious and intriguing stone which lies near a dargah. The stone hardly weighs 70 Kg but cannot be lifted normally. It can only be lifted by 11 people and that too with their index fingers. Intriguing right..?? But its true...and it has been lying there for decades..!! People who tried to lift it in other ways failed miserably. Recently, a Japanese team examined this stone for over a week but went back not being able to conclude anything. And the Japanese media published widely about this stone. So what exactly is going on? Who is behind this? Let's have a look at its past to understand things...A few years back, there was a boy named â€˜Kumar Ali' born in a middle class Muslim family. By the time he was 6 years old, he stated learning from a religious teacher. Ali was always in deep meditation and fasting. People started believing that he was born with mystical powers and started worshipping him. Ali died at a very early age. But before he died, he wanted to convey to the humanity, the essence of impartial love to mankind irrespective of caste and creed. He wanted to show that materialism can't stand in front of spirituality.
He told his brother..." Place a cylindrical stone near my grave. Only 11 people chanting my name can lift this stone with their index fingers to a height of 6 feet. People trying in other ways cannot lift it more than 2 feet high." and left for the heavenly abode. Since then, the stone has been lying there puzzling people over decades. Many a scientist tried to interpret the physical and scientific basis of the happenings but in vain. Ali's grave became a dargah and attracts thousands of people every year. People visiting the dargah lift the stone in groups of 11 with their index fingers effortlessly thus getting the taste of heavenly power. And the bottom line is "The stone remains there with all its pride having recorded its name in the top 10 unsolved mysteries of India."
Then comes the mystery of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, one of the top leaders in the Indian freedom movement. Officially, Bose is said to have died in a plane crash on his way to Burma August 18th, 1945. But there are many reports of he being alive many years after the crash. One version says he spent the rest of his life as a monk in an ashram at Kolkata. One version says he was kidnapped by someone and eventually died in exile. One version says he lived in Varanasi. The bottom line is that two questions remain unanswered till date. 1) Was Bose alive after the crash? 2) If it all he was alive, how would a man with such following and probably the Prime ministerial candidate (post independence) escape public eye?
The incidents narrated above testify the fact that India or for that matter any other country is not alien to such happenings. Our group of UFO enthusiasts found enough sightings in India. The reason we feel that these incidents have been ignorant or dormant is that they are not publicized or to put it in other way, there is no proper platform for people to discuss about these. Here comes www.sector21.in to fill the gap. Sector21 is a place where UFO enthusiasts and intellectuals from various corners gather to discuss, argue and analyze topics from intriguing and unsolved mysteries to alien and UFO sightings.
Kranthi Kiran Reddy