Ghost Busting at Bengaluru

Tripoto
30th May 2016

Maybe it was that movie Phobia that I watched last night but suddenly I was googling the top 10 haunted places in Bangalore. It sounded intriguing and I felt that I had to check these places out and figure out if they really were haunted.

So on I went on my journey after that breakfast meal of Chettinad chicken and rice. I grabbed myself an auto and told him I'd contract him for the day. I showed him a few places on my cell phone and said that I wanted to get there. “Let’s go to Victoria Hospital sir, it is nearby” replied the auto driver. I also told the driver that I was a reporter from Delhi investigating haunted places in Bangalore. So we whisked off to the Hospital.

I initially inquired with the local guard who was drunk as hell, “Na na sir, I have never seen a booth or a ghost here. I have been here for 10 years. I saw nothing, it is all bakwass.” My further investigations led me to believe that the story on the internet was all a hoax as no one had seen or heard of a ghost. But for me, what sealed the issue was the testimony of Jamadar Shambhu who used to carry dead bodies for autopsy “It is bakwaas, bunkhas people say a woman in white clothes comes here and you can hear the sound of her payal. But I see or hear nothing. It is all for free publicity for websites.” 

Photo of Ghost Busting at Bengaluru by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ghost Busting at Bengaluru by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ghost Busting at Bengaluru by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ghost Busting at Bengaluru by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ghost Busting at Bengaluru by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ghost Busting at Bengaluru by Anuj Tikku

My last interview kind of nailed it for me “Some people come here and want to measure radioactivity where they get negative waves. They say the ghost is there but there is no scientific proof that the hospital is haunted and, of course, there has been no such complaint or sightings filed.” So ‘zero’ ghosts here.

Photo of Ghost Busting at Bengaluru by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ghost Busting at Bengaluru by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ghost Busting at Bengaluru by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ghost Busting at Bengaluru by Anuj Tikku

I wanted to remain spooked though, so I headed for another address - Terra Vera, St. Marks Road. It is said that two sisters once lived here and one of them was brutally murdered by an outsider. Since then, the other sister went mad as people used to hear sounds of whaling and shrieking from the house. I had to explore this one, but when we got there, to my disappointment, that house had been pulled down to make way for a sky rise. Although the students sitting around the site would vouch for its myth, “Yes, they say this used to be a haunted house, but they pulled the damn place down. We guys have been hanging around here for some time now but, sorry, no ghost’s here. This is a chill-out place.” Indeed, it was as it had Baskin Robbins, restaurants and pubs nearby. The place was on MG Road for God’s sake. So again, I got a big egg as it were a ‘zero’ there also. No ghosts, only myths to show.

The evening was upon us before we started off for Kalpalli Cemetery. This was located in a small underdeveloped and impoverished part of Bangalore. This cemetery was large and had a huge statue of Jesus on a cross in the middle. I took my photos and interviewed the gatekeeper of the place who, again, denied the presence of a spirit or ghost here. "No sir, no dead bodies rising here. It’s a quiet place." The little urchins running around also confirmed this. With some chickens running around the cemetery, this hardly looked a haunted place.

Photo of Kalpalli Cemetery, Sarvagnanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Kalpalli Cemetery, Sarvagnanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Kalpalli Cemetery, Sarvagnanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Kalpalli Cemetery, Sarvagnanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Kalpalli Cemetery, Sarvagnanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Kalpalli Cemetery, Sarvagnanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Kalpalli Cemetery, Sarvagnanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by Anuj Tikku

I was convinced that Bangalore’s haunted places are not haunted at all. I felt like a Ghost Buster who had fought the world to prove that there is nothing haunted about Bangalore and I did not win that contest! With this thought, I went back to my rickshaw. It had started raining by now and a cool wave of brisk drops hit me flush on the face with glorious rain that was upon us. My trip in Bengaluru was on its last leg and there was suddenly rain!

Originally posted on TikkusTravelthon.in

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