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Uttara Huddar - Sharada I

Updated on July 26, 2017

The case of Uttara Huddar and her alternate personality Sharada presents us with a unique opportunity to study what might possibly be an actual case of an external alternate personality entering the body of another, which results in dramatic changes to the actual person.

Let us start by looking into the personalities of both Uttara Huddar and her alternate personality Sharada to give us some understanding of both personalities and to try and comprehend the cultural diversity that separates both personalities and the salient features or factors that brought them together and eventuated in a melding of sorts. Before we go any further let me just say that I am not at all convinced that this is a case of possession in the ordinary sense of the word.

Uttara Huddar was born on Friday, the 14th of March 1941 (Friday is a day synonymous to Sukracharya. Persons born on this day, theologically at least, have the faculty to see into the past, present and the future and have an affinity to the dead by virtue of Sukracharya’s ability to raise the dead) in Nagpur (a city in Maharashtra).

Venus (Sukra) is the governing planet and persons born on this day also have a closer affinity to the Goddess Durga than others. It is the prescribed day to worship the Goddess.

Furthermore, Uttara Huddar was born on the day, Holi, an important festival in the Hindu calendar was celebrated in 1941. Narashima the fourth incarnate of Vishnu was born on Holi. Under normal circumstances I’d also look into the time of her birth but since there is nothing available to confirm her time of birth, we’ll have to run with what we have.

Uttara Huddar was born in Nagpur which probably derives its name from the Sanskrit word Naga which means cobra. According to Uttara’s mother, when she was pregnant with Uttara, she had repeated dreams of being bitten by a snake on the foot and as a child Uttara was unusually afraid of snakes and suffered from acute ophiophobia.

Uttara was the 5th of six children born to the Huddars. Her father, G.M. Huddar was from Maharashtra and her mother Manorama was from the south. She had a normal childhood and like her father she took an interest it Bengali literature, artifacts and Bengali people. Being a native Maharashtrian she dressed, spoke and acted in a manner that is peculiar to most Maharashtrians. Uttara had lived all her life in the areas of Nagpur and Wardha.

In school Uttara was an average student who actively participated in dance and drama. She studied Sanskrit for three years in high school and was privately tutored in Sanskrit for an additional year. She had even taken and passed a special examination in Sanskrit.

In college, however, she abandoned Sanskrit and took up science. Later she dropped science and studied English and public administration instead. Eventually she obtained a double M.A. in both subjects.

After graduating from college, she became a part-time lecturer in the postgraduate Department of Public Administration at Nagpur University and it was during her tenure at the university that the alternate personality of Sharada began to appear.

There are two points that I’d like to mention or highlight here. Firstly, Uttara was by no means an illiterate person. To the contrary she comes across as a learned person of at least average intelligence.

Secondly she was schooled in Sanskrit and had learned enough to read, understand and recite specific mantras and this is of some relevance or significance with regards to Sharada.

The alternate personality of Sharada emerged in 1974 when Uttara Huddar was 33 years old. She was unmarried at the time and according to most sources she still remains unmarried.

Sharada would continue to remerge on numerous occasions between 1974 – 1979. The Sharada phases would last anywhere from a day up to six weeks and eventually it became accepted as a fairly normal occurrence.

There was something else that occurred prior to the onset of the Sharada personality. Uttara had a met a young man that she liked. Could Sharada have been a defensive mechanism that was triggered by the appearance of the young man? The possibilities are there especially because Uttara knew Sanskrit and if she recited mantras that were relevant or pertinent to the Devi anything is possible.

© 2016 Kathiresan Ramachanderam and Dyarne Jessica Ward


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