Shivapur is a small town in the state of Maharashtra, India. This village, 180 kms east of Mumbai, is famous for its levitating 90 kg stone that mysteriously levitates in accordance with a Muslim Sufi mystic saint who lived here in 15th century.
A saint named ‘Qamar Ali’ on his deathbed said that ‘when 11 men place their right index fingers under the stone and then jointly call my name, I will cause it to rise higher than their heads. Otherwise, neither singly nor together will they be able to move it more than two feet off the ground. Let it be a symbol.’
And this actually happenes.
Qamar Ali was born into a family of middle-class Muslim family, whose men prided themselves on their muscular prowess. Qamar Ali, unlike his aggressive elder brothers, was introspective and gentle.
When he was 6 years old, he became a disciple of a Sufi Pir (great teacher) who lived nearby. He spent days in meditation and fasting.
Before long, throngs of devotees began to flock to his doorstep drawn by the his compassion and miraculous powers of healing.
Qamar Ali died before reaching the age of 20, but as he lay on his deathbed, he requested that a circular stone weighing 200 pounds (90 kgs), be placed near his tomb.
He said to his brothers, “a reminder of my message that spiritual power is greater than brute strength. As Allah the Merciful, has loved you, so should you love all men of every caste and creed. For we are all brothers on the same journey. Think of this when you call my name and raise the stone.”
Kamar Ali (Qamar Ali) Darvesh Dargah, as it is famously called still has the levitating 90 kg stone and it still levitates.
Qamar Ali Darvesh was a celibate and in deference to his chastity, women are not allowed inside the dargah.
When 11 men of different faiths shout “Qamar Ali Darveeeesh !” and lift it, the stone, like a living thing, flies up in the air, a foot above their heads.
The stone leaps skywards well beyond the men’s fingertips, spins and, as they dodge out of the way, it crashes to earth.
The reason for this levitating 90 kg stone is still a mystery.
Even if we assume that this dargah area is a powerfully charged electromagnetic field, can a teenage sufi saint know physics and create such an environment for stone to levitate in 15th century ?
In and experiment, 12 men had surrounded the stone like a football huddle and raised it to mid-thigh level, after which it fell back with a dull thump.
But, 11 men with four fingers under the stone raised it almost waist high, but no further.
Lamasery monks in Tibet have been known to levitate a massive rock at the entrance of a cave, in response to a particular volume, pitch and vibration of drums and horns. Does sonic resonance force the Shivapur rock to rise? If so, a series of similar words uttered at the same pitch and volume as “Qamar Ali Darvesh” should bring about an identical result. But It does not !
Easiest way to reach Shivapur is by road from Pune (30 km).