Bhangarh Fort is one of India’s most haunted places and has a mystery. There have been many haunted stories behind this fort.
History of Bhangarh Fort
Bhangarh Fort is situated in the foothills of Aravallis, constructed in the 17th century by Raja Madho Singh, the younger brother of the great Mughal general, Man Singh of Amber. This fort is located 50 km from Sariska Sanctuary between Jaipur and Alwar. Along with the royal palace, Bhangarh used to have 9000 houses for its population. The fort has 4 entry points in addition to the main gate: the Lahori Gate, the Ajmeri Gate, the Phulbari Gate, and the Delhi Gate. There are a lot of Hindu temples at the front entrance of the fort. Though the fort is in ruins now, it still looks majestic with the greenery outside the fort.
Bhangarh Fort Haunted
Bhangarh Fort is believed to be cursed and haunted by the locals for majorly two reasons. The first legend is of Baba Balau Nath. Long before King Madho Singh decided to construct a fort in Bhangarh, the area was a meditating spot for Baba Balau Nath. The sadhu gave his permission for the construction of the fort on the condition that the fort or any building within shouldn’t be taller than his house and if the shadow on any structure fell upon his house, it would result in the destruction of the fort town. Ajab Singh, the grandson of Madho Singh, is said to have ignored this warning and greatly raised the height of the fort, the resulting shadow falling on the sadhu’s home, leading to the destruction of the town.
The second legend is of a wizard who fell in love with Princess Ratnavti. As the princess went shopping with her friends one day, the wizard saw her buying attar (perfume) and replaced it with a love potion. The princess, however, came to know of the wizard’s trick and threw the potion. This resulted in the boulder rolling toward the wizard and crushing him to death. But before being crushed to death, he cursed the city, stating that it would be destroyed soon. The kingdom was later sacked by the invading Mughal forces, killing all the inhabitants of the fort along with Princess Ratnavati.
Entry into the fort is not allowed for visitors after sunset and before sunrise.
There have been a lot of haunted stories by the locals and the visitors of Bhangarh Fort. Visitors who went inside the fort to experience adventure were on their own, but some of them returned while some didn’t. The government of Rajasthan has even put up a board in front of the fort stating the timings of entry and exit into the fort. It is believed that locals have heard crying noises coming out of the fort late at night which gives them chills.
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