The practice of removing ghosts and evil spirits that have possessed a human body is known as exorcism. While it was made popular for the first time in 1973 horror movie ‘The Exorcist,’ the practice of exorcism in reality exists in many countries of the world since the 18th century. And India is one of them.
There have been many documented cases of exorcism practiced on Catholics, Buddhists, Taoists and even Muslims. In India too, the process of exorcism has prevailed since centuries; and people who were believed to be possessed by spirits, sought tantric help.
In fact, there are several religious places in the country where this takes place even today. People bring their relatives to these shrines and often the person concerned undergoes severe atrocities like inflicting pain on oneself in myraid ways, in the name of penance, in hope to get cured of bad spirits.
Let’s check out these places in India where exorcism can be witnessed. Sit back for a spooky ride!
Hazrat Syed Ali Mira Datar Dargah, Gujarat
If you’re near this shine, you will often hear screams of people. The victim’s relatives can book a room here for Rs.800 for a month and then treatment the begins. The violent spirits are chained to a wall. Other victims can be seen rolling on the floor to cure themselves. People of any religion can go here.
Dattatreya Mandir, Gangapur, Madhya Pradesh
On every full new moon night, people bring their family members here who have been possessed by ghosts. People scream as they are cleansed spiritually. Possessed people climbing on poles is common sight here
Mehandipur Balaji Temple, Rajasthan
It is located in Dausa district of Rajasthan state. People perform penance by pouring boiling water on themselves & chaining themeselves to the walls. Live exorcism can be witnessed here. Many spirits are believed to surround this place.
Nizamuddin Dargah, Delhi
Nizamuddin Dargah is more than a tourist spot. This shrine is a sought after place by many Muslims for “cure” from satanic spirits. Among many visitors who come here to pay their respects to the Sufi Gods, there are also possessed people restricted to a room in the corner who scream during the process of exorcism.