Welcome back to Humor Nation. Begunkodor railway station comes under the railway division of Ranchi and is located under the South Eastern Railway Zone. Begunkodor is well known as the home to the Purulia Chhau dance which is performed with the amazing masks made at Charida. There are many old deities and temples which are located in this subdivision. The town of Begunkodor comes under the Jhalda subdivision of the Purulia district of the state of West Bengal. The town is located close with the border of Jharkhand, the border falls at 46 km away from the district Purulia. But this small town of Begunkodor is pretty popular for its haunted railway station.
STORY OF THE HAUNTED BEGUNKODOR RAILWAY STATION
The story of the haunted railway station started in the year 1967 according to the villagers when a railway employee reported seeing the ghost of a woman. It is told that the woman had died in a railway station. The railway employee told people in the village about the ghost of woman, but nobody believed it and ignored him. The real haunting started when the dead bodies of the railway station master and his family were discovered in their quarters in a strange fashion.
This paranormal myth grew stronger day by day and as a result the trains stopped making halts at the station and the station was closed. In 1990, the villagers formed a committee and they requested the railways to reopen the station and make the trains halt at the station.
About a decade later, in the year 2009, the former Railway Minister reopened Begunkodor as a passenger train halt. Now 10 trains halt at this station regularly, with the last train scheduled at 10:30 om. But the passengers still avoid boarding the train at this station after sunset.
In 2017, a group of rationalists debunked the haunted railway station myth by camping at the haunted site entire night with the help of police protection. They found out that it was the locals who created this ‘haunted ghost’ myth to boost the ghost tourism and then they would loot the belongings of the tourists after scaring them away. This nine member team of rationalists who belong to the organisation called ‘Paschim Baga Bigyan Mancha’, came prepared with digital compasses, torches, and cameras at the railway station to detect any king of paranormal activity. They camped at the railway station starting 11 pm on Thurday all the day to the early hours of the Friday morning. They said that at 2 am they heard some strange house, but when they used their torchlight they saw some men behind a bush making the peculiar sound.
Well, whether it’s just a myth or something more, I say that’s for you to decide. If you want to discover the truth of this haunted railway station then do visit it today.
The town has plenty of scenic beauty. It is surrounded by the Ayodhya Hill Range and is located at the river bank of the river Saharjore. This makes it one of the best sunset places and a beautiful picnic spots in the country. The Archeological department of West Bengal has also preserved the Rashmela and the histroic Thakurbari in Begunkodor which is must see tourist attraction.
HOW TO REACH
The town of Begunkodor is well connected with the Purulia district and the Jhalda town through roads. More than 30 buses operate between Purulia and Begunkodor and vice versa. The nearest town is Jhalda which is at a distance of only 8 km which is well connected with autos and buses. The nearest railway station is ‘Begunkodor Railway Station’. There is also a facility of night service bus which is regularly available between the Begunkodor town and Kolkata. Kolkata is located at a distance of 350 km away from this census town.