The Shivapur levitating stone is a legend within India linked to a saint named Qamar Ali Darvesh. The stone lies near his burial grounds in the village of Shivapur and is a tourist attraction for many Muslim visitors.
The 200 pound stone is said to levitate under specific spiritual circumstances when invoking the name of the deceased saint.
Many paranormal instances can also be linked to levitating objects, so the site of the stone draws many who are interested in both the spiritual as well as the occult.
The Saint – Qamar Ali Darvesh
A Muslim Sufi saint named Qamar Ali Darvesh lived 700 years ago in Shivapur, a small village right outskirts of Poona, India.
He was said to be a quiet, reserved boy who grew up in a family of outgoing brothers who were known for their physical size and strength.
He was the odd one out in his family and instead focused on his spiritual side.
He devoted many years to prayer, fasting, and meditation and eventually became known as a great healer who was seen by many people from the surrounding villages and revered as a saint.
He lived only until his teenage years, and when he died, he instructed two stones to be laid outside of his grave.
The Levitating Stone
There are two stones placed, but the more notorious of the pair is a 200 pound round stone. The other stone is smaller in weight and requires a lesser number of men to levitate it.
Both are placed outside of the tomb.
The 200 pound stone can be lifted by 11 men who place their right index finger on the stone at the same time.
Only men are allowed to stand in the circle and women are frowned upon inside of the shrine because Qamar Alil died so young and was a pure virgin at the time of his death.
Before his death Qamar Ali is said to have promised that a group of 11 men who chanted his name could levitate the stone above their heads.
He said that they would not be able to do so in a group of more or less and that a single strong man would only be able to lift the stone a few feet.
This was said to be a manifestation of the need for working together to invoke spirituality. Only by combing their faith and diligence and chanting his name could they honor him and Allah and levitate the mysterious stone.
Do the stones really levitate?
Depending on who you ask, the The Shivapur levitating stone really does levitate. Accounts from a large number of men who have attempted the levitation claim that the levitation only works when Qamar Ali’s directions are followed exactly.
Many have tried to explain the phenomenon through natural elements or science, but the fact remains that the results are extraordinary.
The site of Qamar Ali Darvesh’s body is shrouded in mystery. Many have sworn that 12 or 10 fingers do not work and only 11 people can levitate the stone.
Whether the explanation is a spiritual or natural one is yet to be proven.
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