Chitradurga: We have heard of library books being returned decades after being issued, postal letters being delivered decades after being mailed, and about two weeks ago, 50 years after his death, Sanna Eerajja (80) returned to his home.
For the past 15 days, people have been flocking his home in the Chitranayakanahalli village in Challakere, Chitradurga district, - to see and meet the 'reincarnated' man. Villagers remember Eerajja as having died when he was 30 years old.
Srinivas Reddy, who rushed over only to see Eerajja with his own eyes, remembers attending his 'tithi' (40th day) ceremony.
Speaking to News 18 (Kannada), Eerajja said that he feels a "connection" when meeting the people of his village, although he has "lost all memory" of his youth.
After having been "dead" for the last 50 years, Eerajja was spotted in a small village in Andhra Pradesh by people who had arrived from his home village to buy sheep manure. After basic introductions, the octogenarian reportedly started reeling off names of his village's residents from his time.
Stunned beyond belief, the villagers at once placed a call to Eerajja's brother Beviganna. Eerajja's wife, glad to see him after half a century, recollects that she had been told by a fakir that he would come back. She had found his grave dug-up three days after burial and they had assumed it to be the work of a wild animal.
However, police are skeptical of the claims as Eerajja possesses no documents and no missing person complaint or unnatural death case was registered.
One senior officer, on condition of anonymity, reportedly briefed reporters of Eerajja's two later marriages and twelve grandchildren. Police are of the belief that he might have left the home of his own accord and lived with a nomadic group since then.
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