Have you heard the famous stories of Vikram and Baital from the tales of "Baital Pachisi"? The serial was even aired on Doordarshan, it was a total of 25 stories.
The legend goes like this, a tantrik ( Magician) tells king Vikramaditya that, he will have enormous power if the king brings Baital ( Demigod/vampire) to tantrik. Vikramaditya goes to search Baital. Baital agrees to come with him on one condition, Baital will tell Vikramaditya a story and Vikramaditya should tell the moral of it. If Vikramaditya fails to tell moral, Baital will kill Vikramaditya and if he tells correct moral of the story, Baital will return to the tree where he lives. Vikramaditya agrees and carries Baital on his shoulders.
This sequence continues 24 times. Each time King Vikramaditya brings Baital closer to his destination, each time he answers correctly and Baital manages to fly back to his tree. The 25th story Baital tells the story of King Vikramaditya himself and how the tantrik will use Baital's power and kill Vikramaditya. Vikramaditya gets the sinister plan of the tantrik, he releases Baital, goes back empty-handed and kills the tantrik.
Is Baital just a story myth?
Baital is worshipped in many parts of GOA and Maharashtra as Demigod.
In Poinguinim village of GOA, there is Baital temple. It has a big statue (about 3.5 foot) of Baital. They put oil on it, and the statue shines. On a given sunny day, if you visit the temple and see the statue you will have the chill of your life.
When the devotee's wishes are fulfilled, the offering is made in the form of leather chappals. When you pay a visit to the temple, you can see the chappals are worn out .It is believed that Baital wears these chappals and roams around the village.Other offerings made to him are in the form of alcohol and hen.