are any number of such instances and if one would go to the sacred temple at
Sankaranayinar Koil or Madura, he would see on auspicious days like Friday, in front of
the goddess, a number of girls 'seized' by the wandering spirits, sometimes within the
family, sometimes entire strangers, entering into the persons and personalities of these
women and eating into their very vitals and afflicting them in various ways.
There is no reason for dismissing them as mere
idle stories. No scientificinvestigation has been taken up, but the fact remains that the
vibrations of a most subtle character, emanating from the Devi at the
time of pooja, have a distinct action on the grosser and denser matter and wicked
tendencies of the spirits The Devi being Parasakti, under her superior sattvic power,
these spirits, being tamasic, tremble, quiver and feel a burning sensation and flee from
the persons they have possessed.