UFO sightings in India

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This is a list of alleged sightings of unidentified flying objects in India.

Pre-historic era

  • Pre-historic rock paintings found at Charama, Kanker district, Chhattisgarh state depict human figures wearing suits similar to modern day space suits and drawings similar to flying saucers, each with a fan-like antenna and three legs.[1]


  • On 15 March, 10:20 a.m. in New Delhi, 25 members of a flying club saw a cigar-shaped object in the sky which was about one hundred feet long. The UFO hovered and then vanished from sight.[2]


  • On October 29, a fast moving object was spotted at 30° in the eastern horizon at Eastern Kolkata between 3:30 and 6:30 am and was filmed using a handycam. Its shape shifted from a sphere to a triangle and then to a straight line. The object emitted a bright light forming a halo and radiated a range of colours. It was spotted by many people and hundreds gathered along the E.M. Bypass to catch a glimpse of the UFO, triggering a frenzy. The video footage was released on a TV News channel and later shown to Dr. D P Duari, the director of MP Birla Planetarium, Kolkata, who found it to be "extremely interesting and strange". It was later approved by Dr D P Duari to be the planet Venus.[3][4][5]


  • Residents of Mogappiar, Chennai observed five specks of bright orange light moving from south to north around 8.55 pm on 20 June and was later reported on the local newspaper on 23 June.[6]
  • On 4 August, soldiers of Indian Army have observed unidentified flying objects at Lagan Kher Area, Demchock, Ladakh, India and it is reported that army troops have observed more than 100 UFO movements along Arunachal Pradesh border area during the previous seven months.[7]


  • A series of pictures of the sunset over the Rajajipuram area of Lucknow on 23 July claimed to show an UFO.[8]
  • A commercial pilot reportedly informed Mumbai Air Traffic Control room that she spotted a green and white UFO near Pune during the first week of October at an height of about 26,300 feet.[9]
  • A photograph published by the news media was claimed to show a "nail shaped" UFO over Kochi, Southern part of India on 29 October.[10]


  • A schoolboy claimed to have captured photographs of a UFO from his house rooftop in Shyam Nagar, a suburb of Kanpur, on 25 June, though the photos were most likely created with a photo editing smartphone application.[11][12][13]
  • In Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, a local resident claimed to take a photo of a large UFO.[14][15] However, experts say that a rash of similar photos from other parts of the world depicting the appearance of a UFO similar to the one in the movie Independence Day were most likely "created using digital editing software or even a mobile phone app, as some on the market allow UFOs to be blended into pictures"[16]


  1. Drolia, Rashmi (15 July 2014). "10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs found in Chhattisgarh". Times of India. Retrieved 7 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Top Shelf Witnesses, Kolkata , India".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "UFO puzzle has city in a tizzy"
  4. "Did a UFO come over Kolkata?"
  5. "Kolkata in a tizzy over UFO sighting"
  6. "'UFO' sighted in Chennai?". The Hindu. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Army troops sight UFO in Ladakh again". The Hindu. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Is that a UFO flying over Lucknow?". India Today. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Avasthi, Yogesh (4 October 2014). "It's a UFO!". Pune Mirror. Retrieved 7 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Is this an UFO in the sky above Kochi?". India Today. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ufo-sighting-alert-indian-boy-claims-capturing-perfectly-disc-shaped-flying-saucer-camera-1508262
  12. http://indianexpress.com/article/trending/kanpur-boy-clicks-pictures-of-a-perfect-ufo/
  13. http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/587625/PICTURED-Schoolboy-snaps-best-ever-UFO-PROVES-aliens-Earth-flying-saucer-haox-fake-app
  14. http://www.news18.com/news/uttar-pradesh/photos-ufo-spotted-in-gorakhpur-panic-grips-residents-843921.html
  15. http://daily.bhaskar.com/news-hf/TOP-pictures-of-ufo-in-gorakhpur-went-viral-5181358-PHO.html
  16. Austin, Don. "Biggest, best ever UFO photograph? Witnesses snap 'Independence Day-like mothership'". The Express. Daily Express. Retrieved 30 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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