National Library, Kolkata: The Ghostly Secrets Behind the Largest Library of India!
Treasure Trove of Books:
National Library, Kolkata, India is a treasure trove for all book lovers. People come here and engage themselves in reading several types of literary works ranging from autobiographies, ancient history books, scientific books to haunted stories.
This treasure trove of books attracts bookworms in good numbers. People love spending their leisure time in the library and into their world of fantasies.
Formerly known as Calcutta Public Library, it was built in 1883, which was then run on the proprietorship basis. With over 2,270,000 books, 86,000 maps, and 3,200 manuscripts, it has an unbelievable 45 kilometres of shelf space.
It can accommodate over 550 people at a time. It was also the first large scale library in India, which still holds the status of being the largest library in the country. Sadly, only a handful of people know about the library form its huge collection of books and not about the haunted stories connected to it.
Mir Jafar became the first Nawab of Bengal after the company rule and betraying the Nawab Siraj-Ud-Daulah in 1757. In the year 1760, he decided to build a Belvedere house in Alipore Kolkata. Later it was given to Warren Hastings, the first governor-general of India.
From then it became the house for every lieutenant-general of Bengal till Indian capital shifted to Delhi. In 1836, the first Calcutta Public Library started here as a non-governmental institute in the Esplanade. Prince Dwarkanath Tagore became the first proprietor of the Library.
Calcutta Public Library later turned or was renamed as the Imperial Library. It also received a huge donation of a book from the former East India College Library. But still, the library was not open to the public. After the freedom of India around the year 1953, the library was again renamed as The National Library moved to Belvedere House and opened for public at last.
In 2010 using the help of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) the ministry of culture, owner of the library at that, decided to restore and rebuild the library. During the restoration process, shocking information was revealed to the public.
It was revealed that there was a hidden chamber in the library of about 1000 sq. foot with no door or trapdoor. It was the start of the rumours. Many rumours started after that about the secret chamber being a torture chamber as the concept of torture chamber was quite famous at that time.
It was also speculated as a secret hiding place or place to store the hidden treasure. But according to ASI, it is just an architectural benefit and nothing else. But the information about the secret chamber stopped being published for people after the year 2012.