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While most people make every effort to avoid coming in contact with the paranormal, a considerable number of us deliberately seek out the adrenaline rush that comes from being surrounded by the fascinating and unfathomable unknown. While the reality of ghosts and spirits has been disputed for ages, the conclusions we get from our personal experiences are the only ones that matter. When it comes to haunted stories, they're entertaining to hear and even more entertaining to watch on a TV screen. But what if something is lurking in the shadows, making its presence known to us in a variety of strange ways?
Even if you do not believe in ghosts, these locations and their stories make for an intriguing and engaging read regardless of your beliefs. The list of haunted locations in India is extensive, with each location connected with a frightening historical or folklore tale. They range from derelict forts and towns to abandoned mines and spooky hotels and more unexpected locations such as courtrooms and schools. If you want to push the limits and look for evidence of the supernatural, these are some of the scariest locations in India that you can visit:
- Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan: Rajasthan is one of India's most popular tourist attractions, both for Indians and visitors from other countries. While most visitors come to see the royal palaces and fortresses for their architecture, many are also drawn in by the many ghostly tales circulating in the area. The abandoned village of Bhangarh, located in the Alwar area, is considered to be India's most haunted destination. According to one of the narratives, a priest fell in love with Princess Ratnavati. The priest intended to cast a spell on her for her to fall in love with him as well. But the priest was executed when the princess became aware of his plot. He cursed the land before he was assassinated. It's in ruins now and is uninhabitable. The roofs of temples and homes are thought to collapse as soon as they are constructed. Those who have risked spending the night in the fort have reported hearing footsteps and the screaming of a woman in the darkness.
Those who have risked spending the night in the fort have reported hearing footsteps and the screaming of a woman in the darkness. Pixabay
- Dow Hill, West Bengal: Residents claim that frightening spirits haunt the hill station of Dow Hill, the surrounding forest, and the Victoria Boy's School, which is located in the surrounding area. The Victoria Boy's High School in Kurseong and the Darjeeling Dowhill Girl's Boarding School dwells numerous ghosts. Locals claim that they can hear children's footsteps, screams, and laughing even when the school is closed for the summer break and the ghosts of some of the students haunt the halls of the schools. As the sun begins to set, one can sense the spookiness in the air.
The Victoria Boy's High School in Kurseong and the Darjeeling Dowhill Girl's Boarding School dwells numerous ghosts. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
- Kuldhara Village, Rajasthan: More than 1,500 Paliwal Brahmins resided in Kuldhara around 200 years ago, descended from a population that had been in the area for more than five centuries. But then, suddenly, the whole population, which comprised inhabitants of 85 villages, fled overnight. The Minister of the State was reported to have fallen in love with a girl from the village and threatened to tax the whole village enormously if they did not marry her to him. To safeguard the girl's honor, the chiefs of Kuldhara and the surrounding regions abandoned their settlements and cursed the land to stay uninhabited forever.
The chiefs of Kuldhara and the surrounding regions abandoned their settlements and cursed the land to stay uninhabited forever. Wikimedia
- Jatinga, Assam: Jatinga, a tiny hamlet in Assam, offers all you might want in a relaxing vacation destination. However, instead of being known for its beautiful greenery and mountainous scenery, Jatinga is renowned for a weird phenomenon that occurs every year during the late monsoon months. During September and October, hundreds of migratory birds commit mass suicide in this area just after sunset; this occurs on an annual basis. The locals believe that demonic spirits in the sky are to blame for the incident. Scientists have been puzzled by this phenomenon since they have been unable to provide any logical explanation for birds falling lifeless from the sky.
The locals believe that demonic spirits in the sky are to blame for the incident. Wikimedia
- Raj Kiran Hotel, Lonavala: Hotel Raj Kiran is situated in Lonavala's main town. Several of the visitors who have stayed there have reported strange occurrences. In the Raj Kiran Hotel, there is a room that is said to be haunted, on the ground floor, near the reception. Some people claim to have seen a blue light near their feet at night, while others claim to have sensed someone following them. Many guests reported that their bedsheets were pulled from their beds in the middle of the night, even though no one was around. After that, the hotel staff decided to lock it up and not allow anybody to stay in the room unless necessary.
Many guests reported that their bedsheets were pulled from their beds in the middle of the night, even though no one was around. Photo by Thomas Willmott on Unsplash
So, these were some of the eerie locations in India that are guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. Although there are many more, I believe that this amount of spookiness is sufficient for the day.
Keywords: mystery, rajasthan, bhangarh, kuldhara, dow hill, lonavala, raj kiran
The surprising results of a decade-long investigation by Alessandro Vezzosi and Agnese Sabato provide a strong basis for advancing a project researching the DNA of Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci.
Their extensive study, published by the journal 'Human Evolution, documents with new certainty the continuous male line, from father to son, of the Da Vinci family (later Vinci), from progenitor Michele (born 1331) to grandson Leonardo (sixth generation, born 1452) through to today -- 21 generations in all, including five family branches -- and identifies 14 living descendants.
The work fills the gaps and corrects the errors in the previous genealogical research into Leonardo's family while offering discoveries and family tree updates.
This text deepens and enormously expands the discovery announced in Vinci, Italy, in 2016 by the same Vezzosi and Sabato of numerous living but indirect descendants, including only two males in a direct line, up to the 19th generation, from a single branch of the Vinci family.
It also provides for the first time the documentary data and information sources over seven centuries to the present day registry office, with work on additional family branches ongoing.
Leonardo himself had at least 22 half-brothers but no children; a new unpublished document shows that "Paolo di Leonardo da Vinci da Firenze" was a case of homonymy. The five family branches are traced from Leonardo's father, ser Piero (fifth generation), and half-brother Domenico (sixth).
Since the 15th generation, data have been collected on over 225 individuals. The study, with the collaboration of the living descendants, contributes to the work of the Leonardo Da Vinci Heritage Association.
This extraordinary, authoritative 690-year genealogical investigation is fundamental to affiliated scientific work Vezzosi and Sabato have underway with the international Leonardo da Vinci DNA project, supported by The Richard Lounsbery Foundation.
The project involves the J. Craig Venter Institute of La Jolla, California, and several other high-profile universities and research centres, including the Department of Biology of the University of Florence, directed by David Caramelli.
The Y chromosome, passed on to the male descendants, is known to remain almost unchanged through 25 generations. Comparing the Y chromosome of today's male relatives to that of their ancestors in ancient and modern burial sites would both verify the uninterrupted family line and certify Leonardo's own Y chromosome marker.
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Questions potentially probed once Leonardo's DNA is confirmed include reasons behind his genius, information on his parents' geographical origins, his physical prowess, premature ageing, left-handedness, diet, health and any hereditary diseases, and his extraordinary vision, synaesthesia and other sensory perceptions.
Comparison of biological data could also potentially help verify the authenticity of artwork and materials handled by Leonardo, thereby pioneering links between biology and art with broad implications for the world's art market in terms of artistic attribution and materials. (IANS/AD)
The Amritava Chowdhury case -- where a dead man in the Jnaneswari train accident turned out to be alive after 11 years -- has become murkier because the CBI sleuths after interrogating Chowdhury for nine hours came to know that the alleged man was missing for seven years. This has prompted the probe agency to go for Chowdhury's DNA and Ossification tests to confirm his identity.
"There are some discrepancies that we have noticed during the interrogation and we are surprised about it - how can a 'simple' middle-class family manipulate such secret and important documents. This is unlikely. We have also come to know that he was missing for nearly seven years after the accident. It is not clear where he was all these years. Chowdhury couldn't recollect properly," a senior CBI officer interrogating Chowdhury said.
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"We have also spoken to the neighbours in Kolkata and also the local people in his village and they said that he had developed some mental problems and he couldn't remember anything but he told them that he was kidnapped by the Maoists. We are not sure whether this is Amritava Chowdhury and so to confirm his identity we will go for DNA and Ossification test," the officer added. The CBI officers said the Ossification test is a process to know the exact age through bone mapping.
The CBI officers also matched Chowdhury with his old photographs and got in touch with his school and college. "His photographs indeed matched but we want to be sure about his identity. We have asked for all the documents of his school and college so that it can be corroborated with his present status," the officer said, adding that Chowdhury claimed to be an engineer but he couldn't answer some basic engineering questions. "There is something wrong and we need to find it out," the officer said.
Meanwhile, Chowdhury laid the blame entirely on the railway officials. Speaking to the media, Chowdhury said, "If we have taken any money unjustifiably then that will be returned with interest and my sister will quit the job if needed". When asked why they got into this conspiracy, Chowdhury said, "Why are you asking me? Ask the railway officials. I shall speak when the time comes.
A 38-year-old man who was pronounced dead after the Jnaneswari train accident in 2010 was found to be alive after 11 years. The mystery unravelled when the CBI detained the man - Amritava Chowdhury from his Jorabagan house in North Kolkata on Saturday evening. The man was 27 years old at the time of the accident.
Chowdhury was listed among the passengers who died in the Jnaneswari train accident -- one of the most horrific accidents allegedly engineered by the Maoists on May 28, 2010, in West Midnapore when the Mumbai-bound Jnaneswari Express derailed and had a head-on collision with a goods train in which 148 passengers died. (IANS/AD)
By- Khushi Bisht
The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle is a mysterious section of the North Atlantic Ocean that is surrounded by the United States’ southeastern coast, Bermuda, and the Greater Antilles’ islands. It’s the enigmatic region of the North Atlantic Ocean, where scores of ships and aircraft have vanished over the years.
The Bermuda Triangle is a 500,000-square-mile stretch of ocean off Florida’s southeast coast. And more than 1,000 people are said to have died there. Over the years, many scientists have suggested science-based theories for shipwrecks and plane crashes in the Bermuda Triangle. The following are some of the most prominent theories about the elusive Bermuda Triangle:
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Rogue Waves: Scientists claim the environments are ideal for huge rogue waves in that region and have used simulators to show how these massive waves could endanger ships. According to reports, rogue waves of this sort could exceed 100 feet long, matching the height of the largest wave ever reported. And it occurs in the Bermuda Triangle without any warning.
Methane Gas: Methane, a natural gas with a lower density than water, is said to be responsible for the Bermuda Triangle incidents. Some scientists claim the releasing that gas into the water will quickly sink ships and even cause planes to plunge. So, if a ship is cruising along a stretch of ocean where a huge plume of methane bubbles from the depths, the ship would sink.
Aliens: UFOs have been responsible by some researchers for the mysterious disappearances. They say, the aliens use the Bermuda Triangle as a gateway to and from our world and they use the location as a sort of meeting station, capturing humans ships, and planes for research purposes.
Lost City Of Atlantis: According to one of the most bizarre theories the Bermuda Triangle is supposedly the site of the mysterious “Lost City of Atlantis.” The magical crystals that propelled Atlantis are now residing at the bottom of the sea, sending out massive vibrations that kill the ships above.
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Crystal Pyramid: Researchers claim to have discovered a giant crystal pyramid hidden under the sea in the Bermuda Triangle. They suggested that this massive structure could be the possible cause of ship and plane crashes.
For years, experts have been perplexed by the Bermuda Triangle, an area of ocean believed to be responsible for the disappearance of many ships and planes that have gone through it. However, there isn’t likely to be a single theory that can solve anything.
It is still unknown how many ships and aircraft have vanished in the Bermuda Triangle. The remains of several ships and planes confirmed missing in the area have not been found. It’s also unclear if the Bermuda Triangle’s disappearances were caused by human error or natural disasters or some supernatural powers. The Bermuda Triangle continues to be a mystery to this day.