Kolkata, the City of Joy has its own history of literary culture, art, music, theatre, and politics. However there are few facts although mysterious, that might be unknown to the world. Kolkata has its own background of black magic, paranormal activities, ghostly apparitions that haunt the city even today when the whole world sleeps.
Come and explore the unknown, try and see what is unseen, goose bumps guaranteed. Allow me to throw some light on the places that comes alive even in darkness. You will be surprised to know that some of the places are too hard to believe that they are partially haunted. Let me begin my chapters. To the entire faint hearted refrain from reading the article”, or at your own risk for the matter of fact.
An early residence of the British administrative staffs and junior servants - has vacant rooms and corridors closed and unvisited for decades. Although today it is under the West Bengal Government and is a working hub for many, none of the employees take the risk of working late after the sun sets. People living near the building often hear the cries of the dead, giggles and screams around midnight. The mystery has paved its way since decades. Those vacant rooms and corridors of Writer’s Building have some secret untold, unrevealed.
Situated in Alipore, Hastings’ House is one of the most ancient buildings in Kolkata. It was constructed by Governor General Warren Hastings’ during the period of British Raj in India. Presently, Calcutta University runs a woman college here. Some claim that they have seen an apparition of an English old man riding in a horse, asking for some files. You can witness the ghost of a boy who died last year while playing football. Such supernatural and unidentified figures have added to the paranormal insights of this place which creates an eerie sensation once you visit this building.
Putulbari or the House of Dolls is undoubtedly one of the most haunted places in Kolkata. Some people stay here in this building but never dare to climb the upper stairs. It is believed that the ghosts and spirits of female beings reside there. It is said that this building was used by rich landlords to exploit girls and after exploiting them physically they used to kill them mercilessly. Their wandering souls still continue to haunt this place and its residents. Dolls can be dangerous. Not only in movies, but in real life too! Beware...
Constructed in 1767, the South Park Street Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Kolkata; this place is a well known tourist spot as well. The burial ground has most of the graves of the British soldiers and of the famous poet Henry Louis Vivian Derozio. Recently, a group visited this place to take few photographs inside the cemetery and witnessed a shadow in white dress. One of the photographers got an asthma attack instantly and fell ill. There was something evil about that incident.
Situated in central Kolkata, the Nimtala Burning Ghat is one of the oldest cremation grounds of this city. During the late hours of Kali Puja, the Aghoris visit this place and eat the remaining flesh of the dead and stimulate paranormal powers. The entire scenario becomes so scary that you will definitely tremble while you enter the Ghat, late night.
Situated in Belvedere Road, Kolkata, the National Library is quite well known for its rare collection of books. Hold on for a moment, this place is also quite famous due its history of haunted incidents. Several readers have reported that the soul of Governor’s wife Lady Metcalfe still haunts this place. She was fond of cleanliness and would not like if somebody did not put things back in its place as it was. Try and mess up the book racks, before the librarian says something to you, chances are there that you might get a reminder from Lady Metcalfe.
The Royal Calcutta Turf Club has its own story behind the place being tagged as haunted. A race enthusiast George Williams used to win most of the tracks with his favourite Pride, a pearl white mare. She was supposedly the Queen of Tracks who won countless trophies for George. However, Pride turned old and weak with passing time. Consequently she failed to win the Annual Calcutta Derby and was found dead on the track, next morning.
One of the busiest spots of Kolkata, the Rabindra Sarovar Metro Station is also known for paranormal incidents. 80% of suicides in and around metro stations happen at this particular spot. If you board the last metro, chances are you will witness some unclear eerie figures crossing the tracks. These are the dead souls of those who died at this track for having committed suicide.
In the early morning hours at around 3AM, a person visited the ghats in order to capture few snaps of the wrestlers as they practice daily on Mallik Ghat and Zanana ghat. He was about to click when, to his utter surprise he saw hands above the water seeking help. He was about to jump into the water order to help the victim when one of those wrestlers pulled him back. They asked him to take note of the fact that there are number of countless deaths including drowning and suicides in and around the ghat area. Those hands are not of the humans. It’s a trap laid by those departed souls. Once you approach towards it, you can never return to life.
The Khidderpore Dock premise used to be owned by Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Awadh. In due course of time his kingdom was snatched by the East India Company in the year 1856. The Nawab however took shelter in the area which later came to be known as the Khidderpore Dock. Even after his death, Nawab’s soul had found solace in this particular place. Since then the spirit of Nawab wanders around the dock premise and one could even feel his presence along with a distant tune of classical music as he was fond of this genre during his era. My very first attempt of visiting this area late night gave me goose bumps as I could feel someone following my footsteps as long as I was inside the dock premise and finally managed to get out of the area. But the presence of Nawab’s soul could however be felt till dawn appeared.