Located at the border of the Sariska Tiger Reserve in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, Bhangarh Fort is a 17th-century fort, infamous all over India for being the “Most haunted place in India”. Because of the numerous ghostly experiences and happenings in the fort premises.
As you drive to Bhangarh fort was eerie. A way passed through a village that was ostensibly inhabited. The main road was lined with the ruins of once-beautiful havelis.
As one enters the fort through the main gate, several temples in dilapidated state can be seen; though, completely abandoned by the people around. The temples around are of Hindu deities. They are Hanuman Temple, Gopinath Temple, Someshwar Temple, Keshav Rai Temple, Mangla Devi Temple, Ganesha Temple and Navin Temple.
The Bhangarh fort was built by the Kachwaha ruler of Amber, Raja Bhagwant Singh, for his younger son Madho Singh in 1573 AD. Madho Singh’s brother was the celebrated Man Singh, who was Akbar’s general. Madho Singh was succeeded by his son Chatr Singh. It was Chatr Singh’s son Ajab Singh who built the fort of Ajabgarh.
A Tantrik’s curse Story
A story behind the Bhangarh Fort haunted, which is more popular between the people, claims that Princess Ratnavati, who was the daughter of Chatr Singh. Tales of her beauty and delightful temperament spread far and wide and she received many marriage proposals. A tantrik priest, who was well versed in black magic, fell in love with her. But knowing that he didn’t stand a chance with the beautiful princess, he tried to cast a spell on her. Seeing the princess’ maid buying perfume for her in the village, he cast a spell on it so that Ratnavati would fall in love with him. Ratnavati came to know of this and threw the bottle. It turned into a boulder and hit the tantrik. He was crushed under its weight, but before he died, he cursed the princess, her family, and the entire village.
It was due to this curse that no one in this village or fort could be reborn; it is forever condemned to desolation and is inhabited by ghosts. If any villager tries to build a roof, it apparently mysteriously collapses.
Bhangarh Fort at Night
No one is allowed to enter the fort after sunset or before sunrise. The entire landscape is subsumed by a pall of gloom and a chilling hollowness once the last ray of sunlight bids adieu until its arrival the next morning. There are many local tales about the paranormal activities in the fort. It totally depends on a person whether he would believe it or not. It is said that the spirits roam in Bhangarh fort at night and various strange noises are heard. Also as it is said, anyone who enters the fort at night would not be able to return in the morning.
One constantly feels as if their movements are being watched, and the air is charged with a dizzying heaviness. A board put up by the Archaeological Survey of India cautions the visitors not to venture within the premises of the fort during the dark hours.
We don’t know if the fort is haunted, but it truly deserves the title of hauntingly beautiful.
It’s a perfect weekend gateway to enjoy this weather and watched such historical place!!!
HAPPY WEEKEND… 🙂 🙂