West Bengal has its fair share of haunted places like the Writers’ Building where no one dares to stay back post working hours because of the spooky happenings. Then there is the South Park Street cemetery where people have complained about feeling sick after a visit that can scare the daylights out of anyone. Another one to make it to this list is the Aleya ghost lights seen in the swamps of Bengal.
The marshes in West Bengal are where you can observe these ghost lights called Aleya or jack-o-lantern. These are nothing but a flickering ball of light that emerge in marshy regions and bog lands. The fishermen community of the area has often spotted these lights. Many of them got so transfixed that they followed the lights leading to their deaths. They believe these lights are the spirits of dead fishermen who lost their lives fishing in the marshes. These lights have often confused fishermen causing them to fall in the water and drown. But at times, they have also acted as a guide and prevented them from getting into danger.
Aleya ghost lights are not a new phenomenon and have been spotted at various places around the world. Despite their typical Bengali name, these ghost lights are not really limited to Bengal. They have been spotted in several other places like the UK, Finland, Estonia, Latvia etc. In countries like Finland, Estonia and Latvia, these lights are associated with the folklore of hidden treasures. Apparently, these lights mark their locations. Known by different names, they are mostly associated with the paranormal or spirits of people. Some trying to help others while others leading them to their death. Once you follow them, these lights flicker and diminish in size and often disappear which cause people to panic and lose their way.