True Story and Myths behind Kali Chaudas

True Story and Myths behind Kali Chaudas

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Kali Chaudas is a Hindu festival, which falls on the second day of the festival of Diwali. The day is also known as Naraka Chaturdashi. Kali Chaudas is a night that evokes in the voodoo and a sense of the occult. It’s a reawakening of the concept of dark and the secretive world of the unknown. Today in Frightening Fridays, we are unfolding the myths and a true story of Kali Chaudas.

About Kali Chaudas

The second day of Diwali is known as Kali Chaudas in Gujarat, Rajasthan and few part of Maharashtra. Kali means Dark and Chaudas stands for Fourteenth. Thus, celebrated on the 14th day of the dark half of Ashwin month (Hindu calendar), Kali Chaudas is the day allotted to the worship of Mahakali and is believed that on this day Kali killed the most wicked Narakasura.

The night of Kali Chaudas is the most dangerous night of the year as exorcists and tantriks use the same night to perform their black magic. According to them Kali Chaudas’s night is the one to appease the unhappy souls. Crematoriums in and around the city are thronged by black magicians, priests and witch doctors who perform specific religious ceremonies, which include a ceremony to please Lord Kaal Bhairav as well as goddess Meladi.

Goddess Kali
Goddess Kali

Kali Chaudas- Halloween of India

Halloween and Kali Chaudas may stem from vastly different worlds, but the two holidays are so similar based on ancient religious mythologies, moon cycles, and the thinning of the barrier between the living and the dead. Both come around the new years of two religions.

Real Life Experience of haunts of Kali Chaudas

We have a day in the Hindu calendar called “Kali Chaudas” (Dark Fouteenth). It proceeds the day of our new year. This is comparable to Halloween, minus the trick treat and many times darker.

There is a community called Tantriks (performers of black magic) in India, known to ward off ghosts, but pretty scary themselves. Well, these Kali Chaudas brought home to us the weirdest thing: I must have been about two years old or so. We were at my cousin’s place for the New Year. My cousin sister is four years older than me. She was six at that time.

The Tantriks are known to set off wandering on this day. One of them was wandering outside my cousin’s house. We are pretty used to this, so we didn’t pay much attention. But he then came outside our door and stood there. We still paid any attention. My sister looked at him and suddenly screamed out loud. He then set off again. But pretty oddly, my sister went off scampering after him. All of us tried to stop her, but to no avail. It was as if she couldn’t hear any thing. She just kept saying “I have to go.” She seemed to possess so much power, that is was impossible for her to be controlled or stopped even by four fully grown people-her parents and mine. However, they managed to stop her and made her sit down. She continued saying “I have to go” she refused to eat or drink anything. She didn’t even recognize us. She spoke nothing except that sentence.

That evening, the elders took her to a sadhu (priest). He told us that she was possessed or cursed. He told us to tie a necklace around her neck, place a sacred thread around her and make her drink holy water for a number of days. After drinking the water she recovered.

She still dreads kali chaudas and never meets eye with a tantrik. If any one knows about black magic, please tell me what this was.

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