Verified Rebirth Story of Shanti Devi supported by Mahatma Gandhi & mentioned in Wikipedia.
The Shanti Devi Rebirth Story
India is a land of mysteries, filled with stories of reincarnation. In the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madya Pradesh and Delhi, there are stories of rebirth that intrigue and generate the curiosity of people. Even a shocking story of a boy who started spewing stories of his murder in a previous life. But his claim was found to be untrue by the courts.
Some rebirth stories come too close to the truth which is shocking and mind-blogging, to say the least.
One such instance is the story of
Shanti Devi (Born: 11 December 1926 ), known as Lugdi Devi (Born on 18 January 1902 – Died on 4 October 1925) in her past life. She was an Indian woman who claimed to remember her previous life and interestingly became the subject of reincarnation research.
Lugdi Devi Story
The story starts with a daughter born at the home of Chandbud in Mathura.
Lugdi Devi was born and set to marry a clothing vendor in 1912 when she was merely 10 years old.
Her husband was a widowed man named Kedar Nath Chubai. Lugdi became pregnant in 1924 but unfortunately gave birth to a still-born.
Being pregnant for the second time on September 25th, 1925 giving birth in an Agra Government Hospital to a healthy baby boy.
Sadly, Lugdi became sick after the birth of her baby and passed after 9 days only being able to see her child once.
Lugdi Devi died on 4th October 1925 at the young age of 27.
Her baby boy was named Vaneet Lal who was left to raise by Kedar Nath Chobai.
Shanti Devi Story
After exactly one year, ten months and seven days, on 10th December 1926, a baby girl was born in Delhi. In the home of Babu Rana Bahadur, 145 kms from Mathura, Shanti Devi was born. Being silent for almost four years, when she finally started speaking, Shanti Devi began to claim to remember details of a past life.
According to these accounts, when she was about four years old, she told her parents that her real home was in Mathura where her husband lived, about 145 km from her home in Delhi.
This baffled her family, which led to visits to multiple psychiatrists, doctors and physicians.
A baffling instance with a psychiatrist was when Shanti Devi recollected intricate details of her deliveries at the age of four.
She also recollected minute details of her previous home in this past life from the name of the temple near her house in Mathura to the well outside her house to the 125 rupees she had hid under the flower pot in her bedroom.
She also recalled the exact distinguishing details of her husband’s face. A fair man with a wart on his left cheek with reading glasses.
Rebirth Story : Two lives coming together
Shanti Devi’s father approached his distant relative named Babu Bisht Chand who belonged to Dharganj, Delhi. Bahu Bisht was a teacher at the Ramjas School.
Shanti ran away from home which worried her family. Babu Bisht bribed Shanti to tell him the name of her husband so he could take her to Mathura.
Babu Bisht tested what he knew by send a letter to the address of Chobai with the address he was told about from Shanti Devi.
The letter reaches its destination, Chobai has moved on by marrying for the third time. Being shocked by the letter, he sends his cousin(Pandit Kathi Lal) to Shanti’s house to confirm this bizarre theory.
Rebirth Story :Rechecking Facts
Shanti is met with an impersonating husband who she correctly identifies as her husband’s (Chobai’s brother).
Shanti tells all to Pandit Lal which confirms his suspicions that Shanti Devi is Lugdi.
Chobai along with his son who is now ten years old and his mother visits Shanti home in Delhi. They are shocked to discover that Shanti’s collects all their food favourites when it’s time for dinner. Even Chobai is forced to believe Shanti is her wife reincarnated as she even recalls intimate details of their relations only known to her husband.
She found out that Kedar Nath had neglected to keep several promises he had made to Lugdi Devi on her deathbed. Like remarrying after her death, Chobai also makes his now-wife meet Shanti Devi which makes Shanti cry and wanting to return to her home in Mathura.
Rebirth Story: Mahatma Gandhi Commission
The story of Shanti Devi spreading like wildfire by publishing in the local Mathura Newspaper ad later in National Publications catches the attention of Mahatma Gandhi. He invites Shanti Devi to his Ashram to know her truth. He sets up
a commission to inquire the truth.
Rebirth Story : Hunt for the Truth
The commission travelled on a train with Shanti Devi to Mathura, arriving on 15 November 1935. There she recognized several family members, including the grandfather of Lugdi Devi. She also correctly knew the path to reach her home in Mathura from the train station. As well in her veranda and the hidden money in her bedroom.
She then travelled home with her parents. The commission’s report, published in 1936, concluded that Shanti Devi was indeed the reincarnation of Lugdi Devi.
Even a second trip to Mathura to Lugdi’s home confirmed their suspicions as she correctly identified her whole family instantly.
Her claim is found to be true, while another report by researcher Bal Chand Nahata disputed it.
Subsequently, several other researchers interviewed her and published articles and books about her.
Two further reports were written at the time.
The report by Bal Chand Nahata was published as a Hindi booklet by the name Punarjanma Ki Paryalochana.
In this, he stated that “Whatever material that has come before us, does not warrant us to conclude that Shanti Devi has former life recollections or that this case proves reincarnation”.
This argument was disputed by Indra Sen, a devotee of Sri Aurobindo, in an article later. A further report, based on interviews conducted in 1936, was published in 1952.
K.S. Rawat continued his investigations in 1987, and the last interview took place only four days before her death on 27 December 1987.
A Swedish author who had visited her twice published a book about the case in 1994; the English translation appeared in 1998
She told her story again at the end of the 1950s, and once more in 1986 when she was interviewed by Canadian Researcher Ian Stevenson and K.S. Rawat.
Shanti Devi Death
Shanti Devi did not marry as she kept her promise, unlike Kedar Nath.
Died 27 December 1987 at the age of 61.
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Story Source: www. wikipedia.org, Crime Tak Youtube Channel.
By Rupashi Chhabra
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