Skip to main content

Fear of king's ghost stops villagers from celebrating Holi for more than 100 years

If you're a Holi (Indian festival of colours) lover, you won't be able to believe what you're going to read. Call it fear, superstition or nonsense, but this village in Jharkhand has not celebrated Holi for over a 100 years for fear of their king's ghost haunting them (they even have evidence and past experiences to support their decision). Totally unimaginable for something like this to happen in a country like India (in a country where the first thing people check when the new year starts is how many bank holidays are there in the coming year!).

Being a Bombay girl, I find it funny and call it ridiculous. But for the people staying there, it's a living nightmare. I'm not entirely sure if ghosts exists or not (stupid horror movies have corrupted my mind. No wonder they say that the TV is an idiot box), but for the people of Durgapur, Jharkhand, they have no choice but to believe this story if they don't want misfortune to befall them.

So here's the story. In Durgapur village, there once lived a king whose son died on the day of Holi.

 He forbade the people from celebrating this festival. Surprisingly, the king also died on Holi after a few years. Ever since that day, no villager from that area has ever celebrated Holi. If there was anyone who did, misfortune was sure to hit that family or the village suffered an epidemic.

Don't call me superstitious. But when you have a lot to lose (your life/family/home/business), skipping one festival makes a lot more sense if it ensures your family and village being safe.


Popular posts from this blog

Close Encounters - Spotting a LEOPARD 12ft away @Nagpur

Presentations, college activities and research work had become my life. Spending 4-5 hours on the laptop and another 3 on the phone had become an everyday thing. Not that I was complaining, but when my college's Nature Club teacher in-charge Prof. Radhika D'Souza asked me if I would like to come on a 4 night, 5 days trip to the Nagzira Tiger Reserve in Nagpur, I immediately said yes. The trip was scheduled from the 28th of December to the 1st of January 2019. This meant that I would be missing my birthday as well as New year in one shot. But trust me, I didn't regret my decision one bit.
Our train was from CST at 3pm. There were around 40 other people on the trip (whom, by the way I didn't know at all; except for a few. But I later on realized that it didn't matter who you knew or didn't know at the beginning of the trip. By the end of it, there wasn't a single person whom you couldn't smile at). This was to be my first long distance train journey. So I…

Today's students be like....

CRPF Personnel martyred in J&K

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is the largest of India's Central Armed Police Forces. The CRPF's primary role lies in assisting the State/Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and counter insurgency. With 239 battalions and various other establishments, the CRPF is considered India's largest paramilitary force and has a sanctioned strength of 313,678 personnel. 

Yesterday, at 3:15pm, a Scorpio driven by a Jaish suicide bomber who was a local youth carrying a huge amount of explosives, deliberately crash banged into 1 of the 78 trucks which formed part of the convoy carrying approximately 2500 CRPF personnel who were returning from their vacation and proceeding to resume work in Awantipora, 30kms from Srinagar.