Apart from the experiential tribal trail, MP offers a feast for your eyes and spirit to your mind with its stunning natural beauty, history, archaeological sites, and various other attractions. But have you ever heard about any village where exorcism is practised? If you want to witness exorcism or get the vibe of mystical unusual culture, visit Chogaan.
Chogaan Temple of Choagan village in Madhya Pradesh is an exotic religious place in India where followers come to get rid of ghosts and evil spirits, especially on the full moon every month. The most common practice is to stroke the captured soul with a pointed metal rod with a ring brush that person’s back with a feathered broom. Also, the temple priests provide ashes to throw in the air and make the spirit leave the body. There are chains, tridents, spears, and sharp weapons stacked inside the temple to beat the spirit or chain the spirit to leave the body.
The temple here in Chogaan is believed to be very powerful with potent divine strengths and hence it is popular for ritual practices of exorcism in India.
At the entrance of the village, there are several small brick walls structured created in the name of dead villagers to remember them. The villagers try to keep the area clean to satisfy the dead souls here.
In this village, every woman wears a white saree irrespective of their marital status.
While entering the village, anyone can astonish by the colours of the walls of the houses or the temple which is a strikingly attractive sky-blue colour. As someone enters the blue temple, the first glimpse he would get of a gigantic iron ladder with a black flag on top and then when he enters, he would see dome-shaped structures painted blue. There is no idol inside the temple instead chains hang around which are enough to give eerie vibes. This is the village where demonic and divine forces are merged.
At Chogaan, it is believed that over seven deities reside here and hence it is called a “district court of Goddesses,” and it is filled with divine aura and energy. Hence the clans believe that the temple here in Chogan is where hellish forces possessing humans can be defeated by the heavenly powers through the exorcism process. The exorcists who climb the ladders are believed to be possessed with spiritual powers, which is how they are able to expel the evil spirit.
If you expect any conclusion, dear reader, I admit I have no more to offer. The matter is too hard and too much beyond my field and my understanding to try to summarize it. Other than what is above, there is something beyond our imaginations and no matter what we will discover in the end, the process of solving mysteries can oftentimes lead to many unexpected conclusions and insights.
Would you dare to visit Chogaan??
Read here about the Major Tribals in MP.
This post is in collaboration with Times Passion Trail & MP Tourism, but the experiences and views are mines…
16 thoughts on “Want To Witness Exorcism?? Visit Mystical Chogaan.”
Chogan was indeed a different sort of place. I think the practice of the tribals, opens a window to the practices that must have been an integral part of the primitive society, aeons ago.
Woww the village looks so untouched. Especially the Chogaan Temple of Choagan village in Madhya Pradesh. The vibes and the detailing is quite good
Wow. This is something new. I’ve never heard about this yet. Thanks for letting us know.
I have always been excited about exorcism and your photographs are giving me Goose bumps. Madhya Pradesh has just so much to offer that it never fails to surprise. I am now putting Chogan on my to-visit list.
Chogaan sounds like an interesting place. True, that there are a number of things beyond the normal that seem unbelievable. But as travellers, it is always good to keep an open mind. Chogaan definitely is a place where one should visit with an open mind. And it is pretty interesting to note that all the women in the village wear white sarees. Is there any specific reason for that?
OMG… I have always wanted to see exorcism mostly because I have believe that people who r said to have spirits on them r kind of having some disease and the exorcisms that I have witnessed in India or in England, I always ridiculed them mostly it made my belief true. Chogan, the place and its history sounds authentic to me. I’ve added it to my bucket list.
I have never heard about this place until now. The village looks interesting to visit esp due to alluring pics.
You look radiant in that blue dress! I find it interesting all women wear white saree’s there, and the contrast of that with the beautiful rich blue. The paranormal stories had my interest as well, not sure what to believe!
So this is a unique destination! While not for me, Exorcism it’s fascinating to read about the faith that locals have and how this is part of the culture at Chogaan Village. That’s what is so great about travel.
Wow! I never thought something like this existed in India. The village looks so picturesque, but what makes me want to visit most is the mystical side to it. I’m from Mexico and we have similar places – crazy because we’re so far away!
I am in awe of your story. I am not sure if I would like to witness an exorcism. It’s a somewhat scary but exciting experience at the same time. I prefer to read about it on your blog. Chogaan is an exciting place and history! India is mystical and amazes you at every turn. I would love to see Chogaan Temple but not necessarily during the full moon.
Chogaan Village and tempel look so colourful. I would love to visit this place. I have seen healers who do exorcism in Africa. And you are right, even if we do not understand it, one can feel the spirituality of these places.
You do such excellent work Pamela. This post about exorcism gives me goosebumps. Madhya Pradesh is indeed the heart of India. A lifetime is not enough to know this state
I’m impressed at how they kept their community so pleasant. I really like how the temple is painted sky blue! Exorcisms are intriguing to me because I’ve just seen them in movies but not in person. I’m also enthusiastic about learning further about their traditional practices.
This place sounds like it would be a perfect place for the Dark Tourist to visit and make an episode. Chogaan definitely is not your usual touristic place. The shrine from the entrance to the village is surely odd, but I suppose it is normal for the locals.
Chogaan Village seems interesting a place to visit with it being different from the normal. Love the feel of the village although not sure we would love to experience exorcism being practiced in front of us. But it certainly would be interesting to learn and see the age old traditions otherwise being practiced here. Putting it in our bucket list of places to visit.