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|Ghost light, chir Batti in the Banni Grasslands,the Rann of Kutch,Gujarat,India|
Chir Batti, Gujarat, India:
The Banni Grasslands Reserve in the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat is a seasonal marshy grasslands, and the media reported a few mysterious dancing lights in them as witnessed by the locals; they named them Chir Batti. Local villagers refer to them as Chir Batti in their Kutchhi-Sindhi language, with Chir meaning ghost and Batti meaning light. It is reported that these thin to thick lights of various shapes quite visible at night are as bright as a mercury lamp and also change color from blue, red, yellow to a pear- shaped moving ball. This strange light phenomenon has been around here for centuries and, according to local folklore, these lights have been a part of life in the Banni grasslands and the adjoining Rann of Kutch. They are sometimes known to move fast in any direction and sometimes may remain in the same place for a while and then may disappear. Many visitors, including a team of local and US ornithologists and the Indian soldiers of Border Security Forces ( BSF) posted near the troublesome India-Pakistan border say that the light sometimes appeared as if to follow them.
Many witnesses claim these lights that change colors in a jiff frequently may here and there and can be seen can only after 8 pm on dark nights. They are are mostly 2 to 10 feet above the ground and, if by chance, if you follow them you may miss your way and get lost midway in the grassland or in thorny jungles or desert of the salt flats of the Rann.
Aleya, West Bengal, India:
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Scientists are of the view that there is nothing mysterious about them and these thin moving lights are caused by oxidation of methane from the decaying plants, etc in the marshes. It is a common feature in agricultural fields where farmers prepare natural fertiliser - manure from the compost with decaying trash, plants, tree leaves, stems, etc., and is commonly called will-o'-the-wisp. The glowing lights are due to methane production of methane gas on a low level in such places. The life of lights is dependent on the amount of methane gas availble.
Marshy, desolate wetlands -