Mysuru: At 11 pm on a dark, cloudless night, Parvathi was lying on the terrace of her one room house in Soolekoote village in Hanumanthpura, in Periyapatna taluk, near Kushalnagar, 123 km from Mysuru, when the night sky exploded.
It wasn't lightning. It couldn't be as there wasn't a cloud in sight on this hot, April night. But the gigantic, blinding flash of light, white and orange - and sparkling - was like a column that shone down on earth, like a gleaming, endless pathway between worlds. Except, it stopped short of the ground by about a 100 feet.
Ten days after the 37 year old housewife and the rest of the village ran out of their homes as night turned to day on April 26, and long after the gleaming column of light, some 30 feet long and at least 10 feet wide, disappeared into the darkness as the day dawned, the villagers are still terrified.
37-year-old Parvathi, sleeping on the terrace next to her husband when the brilliant spectacle unfolded, is convinced it was an UFO (Unidentified Flying Object).
"The entire village witnessed the 'daylight.' After a rainless year and the severe drought, there could be nothing worse. Was it a bad omen indicating the end of the world which everyone said would happen in December 2012, but didn't. So was this going to happen now, in 2016?" she told DC as we walked the periphery of the fields with her.
Going by Parvathi's version, which seems to be the most authentic, the object was bright white and cylinder-shaped, similar to a rocket with a radius of around five feet. "It flew in the south- north direction. There was a sudden roar similar to thunder at that point. It was all over in a fraction of a few seconds. We could not even think of taking a picture on our mobiles. The moment I closed my eyes, the sight appears before me, it's frightening," she explains.
According to Chenga, another eye-witness, "The brightness was so intense that it almost blurred my eyesight. It appeared to land on earth and then lifted into the skies," he says. It isn't just Parvathi, the entire village of 1500 people spread across this hamlet, dotted at least 500 houses, is awe-struck.
Thirty eight-year-old Chenga who normally waters his ginger fields through the night, is afraid to work on his farm after dark, after he sighted the light that he too believes is a UFO. "What else can it be, that's the only explanation," he says.
Sixty-five-year-old Raniamma, who almost fainted at the sight of the bright object hasn't moved far from her doorstep from where she first spotted the unearthly phenomenon. Worried it will manifest itself again andyet to recover from the shock, she tells anyone who asks about what she saw.
"Those in a 5 km radius including villagers of Shanuboganahalli noticed the bright light," claims Dharmaraj, a shopkeeper, who saw it while he was standing in front of his shop, rooted to the spot, unable to move.
"The light was so bright that it seemed like day. I have not witnessed anything like this in my lifetime," says Raniamma. For the schoolchildren of Soolekoote, to imagine that what they've read about or seen in their textbooks, could actually be real, is mind-boggling.
A meteor? An UFO? Every visitor who has come by in the last few days is mobbed and showered with questions. What could it have been? This correspondent too received a warm welcome with villagers more than ready to authenticate a check list on UFOs.
This was provided by the Bengaluru based amateur researcher on UFOs, Mr Prem Koshy who says, "UFOs have always existed. They will remain Unidentified Flying Objects until proven otherwise."...