At about four years of age Shanti Devi began to share details from a previous life.
Eventually, her past life family was located and Shanti Devi's memories - including many personal and intimate secrets - were confirmed by these family members from another life.
Shanti Devi (a name meaning "Goddess of Peace") was born in Delhi, India on 11 December, 1926. During her early years she did not speak a lot, even though young children are generally plaguing their parents with all manner of questions, Shanti Devi did not. However, at the age of four she began to talk a lot more, not so much about her life and experiences, but rather of the memories of another life.
She talked of how her real home was not in Delhi, but was rather 150kms away in the city of Mathura (earlier known as Muttra). It was also here that she stated her husband lived.
Although many believe she was discouraged by her parents from speaking of this 'other life', they rather told their daughter that her other life was in the past, and that the now is what mattered, and to leave the rest behind. This did not sit well with the young girl who ran away from home at age six in order to travel to Mathura, and her real home.
She was eventually caught and taken back to Delhi, but the experience did little to dissuade her and soon she began to speak of her other life at length at school. The headmaster (some sources say 'uncle') was intrigued by the details that this young girl was able to recall, details that seemed to take her story from that of an overactive mind to something more interesting. It was when she gave the names of her husband, children and the details of her death that the headmaster was able to locate someone important to the story.
Past and Present Meet
Shanti Devi claimed that her husband Kedarnath Chaube (some sources say Kedar Nath) was a merchant and that she herself had died nine/ten days after giving birth to a child. With this information her headmaster was able to locate a man named Kedar Nath who had lost his wife, Lugdi, nine years earlier and ten days after giving birth.
Having found a man who seemed to be linked to the girls story the headmaster arranged for Kedar Nath to travel to Delhi. Shanti Devi was able to recognise him immediately on site as her husband, and was able to recognise 'her son'. It did not take long for Shanti to convince this man that she was, in fact, his wife for she knew details that were intimate and secret within the family.
Mahatma Gandhi was soon informed about what was happening with the 'supposed' reincarnation and set up an enquiry to study the girl and the story. With stringent conditions imposed on the commission, and Shanti Devi herself, they travelled to Mathura where the story gets even more amazing.
Shanti herself found the family home, recognised members if the family, and even knew the old layout of the furniture and possessions (there had been a refurbishment since the wife's death). She recalled family member’s secrets that she, as the past wife, could only know in confidence. She also immediately began speaking in the local dialect.
Finally, and most interesting of all, Shanti Devi was able to tell her husband that he had failed to keep several promises he made to his wife on her deathbed.
After the visit and returning home the commission came to the conclusion that Shanti Devi was irrefutably the reincarnation of Lugdi Devi. Several other people (from all over the world including an award winning Swedish journalist) made their own independent investigations, and came to the same conclusion, although many skeptics say otherwise, that there must have been elements of luck, coincidence and outright fraud to this event.
Shanti Devi passed away 27 December, 1987. She never married. Although she talked about her past life as Lugdi many times, she only did several formal interviews. She also went under hypnotic regression where she gave details of her death and what took place between, that event and her reincarnation... but that you can look into for yourself, there's much more to this story than what is presented here, and all of it makes for interesting reading.