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One of the most significant and most discussed reincarnation cases took place in India in the 1930s. It was the story of the 9-year-old girl Shanti Devi, which soon occupied the whole world beyond India. This case is still considered to be one of the most evocative in the history of reincarnation research.

The story begins a year, 10 months and 7 days before Shanti Devi's birth. On January 8, 1902, a girl named Lugdi was born in Mathura, India. At the age of 10, she was slated for marriage to a man named Kedarnath Chobey, a drapery merchant. Shortly after puberty, he became pregnant with complications. The child was brought in by caesarean section, but Lugdi died as a result of the birth.

On December 11, 1926, a girl named Shanti Devi was born near Delhi. Shanti was unusually calm. She was almost 4 years old when she started speaking. And what she said worried her parents. One of her first connected sentences was: "You are not my mother!" Statements of this kind increased. Shanti said, "This is not my real home. I have a husband and a son in Mathura. I have to return to them." The parents were worried about their daughter because they didn't know how to explain it.

The girl's "fantasies" continued to grow. She told them what clothes she used to wear as an adult, what foods she ate. Her husband lives in Mathura and has a cloth shop in front of Dwarkadhish Temple. She remembered more and more things, such as the appearance of her husband. He was blond, had a large wart on his left cheek and was wearing reading glasses.

At the time, Shanti was six years old. She told of her own death during childbirth. The parents brought in a doctor, to whom Shanti reported everything in detail. The doctor was amazed at how exactly the girl described the surgical interventions.



Kedarnath Chobey

The parents believed that their daughter was mentally ill and tried to suppress her fantasies. One day Shanti was talking to a distant relative, a teacher. On the condition that he would bring her to "her" husband, Shanti revealed his name: His name was Kedarnath Chobey! The teacher was able to track down the man and wrote him a letter, giving all the details that Shanti said he knew. After a very short time, Kedarnath wrote back to Chobey. He confirmed that his wife's name was Lugdi and that she had died and that other statements were also essentially correct.



Navneet,
Shanti's "son"

A meeting was arranged and on November 12, 1935, Kedarnath Chobey visited Shanti Devi's childhood home with his 10-year-old son Navneet and his new wife. At the sight of the son, the 9-year-old Shanti burst into tears, hugged him hard and sobbed for another hour, which was very unusual for her quiet nature. She also recognized her husband and then said to her mother, "I told you he had a wart on his left cheek." In the evening my mother asked what kind of food she should prepare. Shanti suggested making stuffed potato and pumpkin paranthas curry as her husband likes to eat this. Kedarnath was stunned because this was true. Late in the evening he went into a room alone with Shanti and asked her intimate questions about the past life, which Shanti could all answer. Shanti in turn asked him why he had married again, because they had agreed that he would not marry again. He was moved to tears because he was now sure that it was his former wife.

The case quickly became known in India and around the world. The famous teacher and pacifist Mahatma Gandhi was very interested in the story and initiated a committee to investigate the case. The 15 members, consisting of celebrities, politicians, national leaders and journalists, accompanied Shanti Devi on her first trip to Mathura.

The first sensational event took place immediately after the greeting. She touched the feet of an elderly man as a sign of admiration, this happened spontaneously and naturally. Although she had never seen the man before, she recognized him as the older brother of Kedarnath Chobey, her brother-in-law. Everyone present was stunned. On the way to her former home, she correctly described the changes in the city since her previous life. When she arrived at the house, she was able to answer the commission's questions about details of the house, e.g. where the individual rooms were or the old well, which was now hidden under a stone slab. Shanti was also able to find the place where she, as Lugdi, had hidden money back then.

The members of the committee were very moved by the emotions Shanti had for the relatives of their previous life. The girl was so fond of her former parents, in particular, that it was difficult to separate her from them.



Shanti Devi as an adult woman

Shanti Devi died in 1987 at the age of 61. To date, hundreds of researchers have checked their history. Whilst there have always been some critics who have expressed doubts about this case, the vast majority agree that Shanti Devi must indeed be the rebirth of the late Lugdi.


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