Rumors are okay, but our brain gets to bite bigger than it can stomach in a single go when it comes to mysteries. Many mysteries linger around for quite long and captivate our imagination for years.
Maybe we forget them for some time, but again when we hear about it, we find in ourselves a whole new interest and love to dive deep into the mystery, hoping to find a solution.
Alas, such mysteries are usually unsolvable by design. Here we list 5 Indian mysteries, that we are sure that we will give enough fodder for your brain for at least today!
Let us begin then…
#1. Indian Mysteries – Bhoot Billi (The Ghost Cat)
Draw the images of these three animals in your mind – dog, cat, and mongoose. Now, mix the three to create a new animal with the following features – head or face of a dog with the back or hind portion of the animal resembling that of a mongoose – boasting a long tail and the central part resembling that of a cat – a big cat of the likes of lions and tigers.
It turns out that the animal in question is a cryptid feline and is pretty broad and big enough.
This cryptid feline showed up in areas near Pune and has been blamed for eating, within a span of just 10 days, one goat, and forty-five pigeons. The owner of the doomed victims was someone by the name Feroz Dilawar Khan.
Feroz lived in the area close to Sanjay Park – just 100 miles outside Mumbai. Eyewitnesses (including Feroz) reported that this black cryptid feline came at around 7 PM every night and killed the animals and feasted. Several attempts were made to capture the creature but in vain.
All the traps set by Feroz and the nearby residents simply turned out to absolute flop against the Bhoot Billi. The creature somehow managed to dodge the traps and vanish among treetops.
The collective efforts of police, forest officials, and fire brigade also proved helpless in front of the cryptid feline.
According to the Chairman of Sanjay Park Society, the unknown creature that had been terrorizing the residents was actually smaller than a lion but defeated a hyena in size.
Still, the creature’s likelihood was a wild cat that has not yet been identified is slim to none.
Several people have tried to provide several explanations. For example, some people said it could be a black panther, while others said it was nothing other than an Indian civet.
Some others said that the creature was a binturong. However, none of the explanations that came through managed to fit the description as given by the terrified people.
So, the mischief-maker remained unidentified, and then suddenly, the mystery ended. The animal was seen no more.
#2. Indian Mysteries – Stoneman – The Serial Killer
The Stoneman of India became one of the most mysterious cases in India. In 1989, Calcutta’s streets (now Kolkata) in West Bengal became terrorized by a serial killer on the loose.
The reason why the killer was called Stoneman is that he (or the group of killers – as it was never identified whether an individual or several people committed the crime) used to kill homeless people sleeping on streets using a single stone.
The killer used to smash the heads of the victims using the stone weighing around 30 kilos. Reports say that the Stoneman killed 13 people, and Calcutta Police solved none of the cases. The killer (or killers) were never identified. 13 people were killed in a span of 6 months.
In Stoneman’s context, it is interesting to say that a similar incident took place in Bombay (now Mumbai). The same modus operandi was used by a killer or killers to kill such street-dwelling people.
The terror in Bombay lasted for a period of over 2 years. It all started in 1985 and it all ended in 1988. Even Bombay police failed to solve any of the cases.
The only exception in the Bombay case was that one of the intended victims managed to escape with injuries. Unfortunately, the victim failed to identify the assailant because of the poor lighting conditions, and the police were left with no clue.
A similar incident took place in Assam’s Guwahati in 2016 in February.
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#3. The Hanging Pillar of Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi
Take it! Indian culture in ancient times was so advanced that even modern science gets baffled to this day.
While news channels like BBC try to misguide people of the world by portraying India as bad, India is far more advanced than the British can even imagine. One such example is the Veerbhadra Temple in Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh.
The temple has 70 pillars to support the roof. Of these 70, there is 1 pillar that doesn’t touch the ground. It is basically hanging in the air, and a thin sheet of paper or cloth can easily pass through.
In 1910, one over-smart and brainless British Engineer wanted to unearth the mystery of the hanging pillar and in his quest to learn the technology, he paid no heed to the architectural wonder.
He tried to move it and managed to make one corner of the pillar touch the ground. This distorted the fresco on the ceiling, and the whole ceiling got misaligned. Now, it cannot be fixed. The mystery here is the technology that was used. Can you explain it?
#4. Baba Harbhajan Singh Shrine
We don’t know whether to call it a mystery or plain superstition. What’s even more surprising is that the Shrine of Baba Harbhajan Singh is associated with none other than the mighty Indian Army! Surprised?
Well, this shrine is located in Sikkim and, to be more precise, in Nathula Pass. Why is it important? Nathula Pass is at the India-China border and is one of the four points for the Border Personnel Meeting. So, what’s the fuss about this shrine?
Baba Harbhajan Singh was none other than a sepoy in the Indian Army associated with Punjab Regiment’s 23rd Battalion. You may think that’s only a soldier, right? Wrong!
The soldier died back in 1968 when he was busy escorting a mule column all the way up to Dongchui La from Tuku La. His death was tragic. He slipped and fell into a nullah with a strong stream.
That was the end of the sepoy. His body wasn’t found until 3 days after the accident, and it is said that it was the spirit of the sepoy himself that helped the soldiers posted at Nathula Pass to find his own body. Once the body was found, the Indian Army gave a full military burial to his body.
Then, one fine night, the sepoy’s spirit shows up in the dreams of a fellow soldier where the spirit asks for a shrine to be built for him. It was done!
Inside the shrine, a big image of the young Harbhajan Singh is kept in a central room with a carpeted floor. Interestingly, armed army men are put there on duty, whose job is to stay barefoot, make the bed for Baba, clean his boot, and uniform.
These on-duty army men also shuttle the photo of the sepoy between office and bedroom. The army personnel posted on duty at the Shrine insist that they find the bed cover crumbled and the boots in muddy conditions every morning.
The Indian soldiers believe that Baba Harbhajan Singh will warn them of any Chinese aggression 3 days before the actual aggression. Not just that, Baba Harbhajan Singh is so revered that the Chinese soldiers actually leave a seat empty for him during flag meetings at Nathula Pass.
As we said, we don’t know whether this is a mystery or superstition or something else. There is no way of verifying this and take it, the Indian Army is not going to allow you to go in for a full-scale investigation there. No wonder, it qualifies as one of the Indian mysteries that keep us thinking.
#5. Indian Mysteries: Monkey Man of Delhi
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From Stoneman to Monkey Man – that’s creepy. In 2001, Delhites were terrorized by what is known as the Monkey Man. The incident appeared back in May of 2001, and it was reported that a creature resembling a monkey came out at night and attacked people.
There was widespread confusion about the exact shape and size of the creature because reports of eyewitnesses varied. The average height, as described, was about 4 feet. Some described the creature to have a black hair cover, boasting metal claws, and a metal helmet.
They also said that the Monkey Man had 3 buttons on his chest and had red eyes that glowed. However, some others have described the Monkey Man to be about 8 feet tall with a muscular build and vulpine snout.
They described the creature being able to jump from one building to another, just like someone trained in parkour skills.
Some said that the Monkey Man was nothing but an Indian version of the famous Bigfoot, while some said that it was nothing but an Avatar of Hanuman – the Hindu God. The injuries inflicted by the Monkey Man included scratches, bites, and bruises.
On 13th May 2001, 15 people became victims, and then further sightings were reported in Kanpur in the year 2002 in February and then again in New Delhi in July 2002.
The panic grew so much that the police force in Delhi eventually released sketches by artists (artistic impressions), hoping that someone would help catch the culprit.
Alas, that didn’t happen, and the whole episode mysteriously ended. Later, experts called it nothing but a classic example of mass hysteria.
Was it really a case of mass hysteria or was it one of those classic Indian mysteries that was designed as a never-to-be-solved case?