Bhangarh Fort – How many of you do believe that ghosts exist? Or that they can be felt? Believers respond favorably whereas non-believers wither the incidence. But however, everyone would like to take a trip to the den of the ghost. And such is the trip to Bhangarh fort, “The Most Haunted Place In India” that would definitely give you a real jolt.
Place: Bhangarh Fort – The Most Haunted Place In India
Language: Hindi, Rajasthani
Best Time To Visit Bhangarh Fort: October to February
Significance -The fort is considered India’s “Most Haunted Place”.
Timing – 6 am to 6 pm
Entry Fees – For Foreigner- Rs. 200/-, For Indian- Rs.25/- Video Camera fees Rs.200/-.
Bhangarh Fort might be renowned for its cursed and bewildering presence but it can be toured as a place that is popular for its serene beauty and environment. For centuries, the fort has been associated with several horror stories and is known as the most haunted place in India. So let’s explore some more unknown facts about the haunted Fort of Bhangarh.
Bhangarh Fort – The Most Haunted Place In India
Bhangarh Fort is located on the frontier of Sariska Tiger reserve within the Aravali range in the relinquished town of Bhangarh, Rajasthan. It is a demolished town lying on the borders of Jaipur and Alwar and is the place of major tourist attraction and is believed to be one of the most haunted historical places in the world. It is around 220 Kms from Delhi, a city in itself possessing temples, royal palace, marketplaces, several entry gates and ‘havelis’.
Bhangarh Kila was established in 1573 by King Bhagwant Das as on the domicile of his younger son Madho Singh who ruled Bhangarh his entire life. Madho Singh named the city after his grandfather Man Singh (Bhan Singh) and now the city is recognized as “Bhangarh”.
As one enters the fort through the main gate, many temples can be found in a tumbledown state; though, completely abandoned by the people around. The temples around are of Hindu deities. They are Hanuman temple, Someshwar Temple, Gopinath Temple, Mangla Devi Temple, Keshav Rai Temple, Navin Temple and Ganesha Temple.
The advisory “Stay Away” notice by The Archeological Survey of India
This fort of Bhangarh does carry a very spectral and negative aura within it. There is a rumor that spirits reside in Bhangarh Fort at night as people in the surrounding areas often listen to strange noises and are reported with many weird incidents like some one’s talking and a special smell is felt. Such kind of weird incidents is reported in the fort after dusk. Even though the fort of Bhangarh is a popular tourist attraction, it has no provision of electricity. As the fort is the neighborhood of Aravali hills, it even acts as a night shelter for many animals of different species from the surrounding forests. The noises generated by these wild animals are very scary and acts as proof which cannot be denied with the fact of occurrence of some paranormal activities.
People are even reported to have seen ghostly shadows, odd lights, the abnormal sound of music emitting from the premises of fort. It is rumored that whoever entered into the fort and stayed there for a night, will have never returned the other day.
As the fort is reported to be haunted, no one is allowed to stay in the precincts of the fort at night, as per a notice board put up by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) that has prohibited the people from entering the fort at night.
Why is Bhangarh Fort alleged to be haunted?
Coming back to the dual facts- there are 2 stories still persisting in the form of legends, which depicts a meaning to the weird atmosphere that surrounds the haunted fort.
A Place Lost in the Shade
Out of the countless stories that surround bhangarh Kila, that is most prevailing is that the Bhangarh city was built by Emperor Madho Singh after obtaining a compliance from the monastic Guru Balu Nath (at his abode) on the constraint that the shadow of the palace would never abut his prohibited retreat.
If it does happen in any case, then the city would turn into ruins. The emperor began his fort construction with all the money and strength he had. For some years, the emperor abided by this rule and hence the city continued to prosper.
But as said to be written in the destiny, one of his enthusiastic successors added stories to the fort vertically, thereby resulting its portentous shadow to engulf the abode of the ascetic.
Disobeying the rule and having incurred the saint’s anger, Bhangarh instantly altered into a doomed city and that could never be reconstructed.
After that, any house built within the surrounding areas of the fort undergone a roof collapse. It is fascinating to note that the Guru Balu Nath tomb can still be seen among the decrepit.
A Place Caught in a limbo
According to the other story, Ratnavati, the princess of Bhangarh, 18 years of age, was very beautiful and had suitors from many royal families wishing to marry her.
Among all the suitors was a black magician named Singhia who in spite of knowing the fact that he was in no contest for the princess, he firmly decided to allure her with his supernatural powers.
One day, as the princess went to the nearby marketplace to buy Ittar (scent). The wizard gathered with excitement substituted the scent with a love potion in order to ensnare the princess. He presented the potion to the princess and believed she would agree on it and start liking him. He secretly wished that the princess would forfeit herself to him. However, Ratnavati was well-aware of the trick and spilled the oil potion on the land which then transformed into a rock, rumbled towards the sorcerer and squashed him to death.
Before he perished, he accused that Bhangarh would be soon demolished and no one would dare to live within its confines. Eventually, Bhangarh Kila was invaded and conquered by the Mughals; when more than 10,000 people lost their lives within the empire. All the people along with the princess, have been killed thus enumerating more weight to the curse.
Few presume that the mistress died at the time as the wizard and her spirit got owned by the wizard while others believe that she reincarnated at some other place, in some other form and the place is now haunted by the wandering spirit of the ‘tantrik’ who is waiting for the princess to return. Folklore believes that the town will get rid of the curse only when the princess returns to the fortress.
Many Stories Provide Evidence Of Paranormal Things In Bhangarh Kila
Although, the fort is regarded as the most haunted place in India and is restricted during the after-hours, curious minds always try and witness something strange.
Below are such real stories
- A gather of tourists once offered money to the keeper of the fort to let them inside the vicinity of the fort during a night. The keeper let them in, with a strict warning. Regardless of the warning, they bustle inside with hoax and howl. It was all fine till the point a boy was found sitting isolated inside a room. The only oddity was that the room had no door, but a window that is firmly grilled to ensure that no one could invade in or progress out. The after incident need not be described.
- Another legend being speculated that of a boy, along with his friends who dared to go in after sunset. He while exploring the place, accidently fell into a dark well. Though his friends instantly rescued him, but as soon as they were taking him to the adjacent hospital, they met with a mysterious accident and got killed.
- In yet another incident, a troupe of youngsters went to explore the place. Yet they met with some peculiar and unreal incidents while returning. The bus they were traveling was loaded with 50 people, however, this group sitting on 5th or 6th seat, got mysteriously injured.
Though regardless of whether true or not, several other similar stories flourish in the region, adding more value to the mystery the place contemplates. As per the government authorities, no deaths have been witnessed or known in past many years. Even the locals observe the existence of supernatural powers in the area is real. Yet they believe that they are being protected due to the blessings from their gods within the area.
The Bright Side of Bhangarh Kila
Having a quick view at the brighter side of the court, the fort is located at the lusciously green area of Sariska Tiger Reserve within the borders of Alwar and Jaipur, not very far away from Delhi.
The fort was cleverly structured within the ancient city of Shahjahanbad, incorporating four massive wooden gates in each direction. The vicinities of the fort have beautifully carved miniature waterfall and several temples that lend an air of serenity to the place during the day.
The residues of palaces are vivid indicators of the fort’s affluence during its pinnacle. The fort is known for its serene atmosphere during the day and the marvel view the fort is. It carries largest tourist charisma and it attracts loads of tourists, but for all the inaccurate reasons.
Even though Bhangarh fort story is regarded as nonsensical by the scientists, even then the villagers cannot get out of the fact that it is a refugee for ghosts.
People have been evidently heard noises that are unaccounted for. Does really all of the Bhangarh Fort haunted stories are real or just imaginary pieces of fiction? No one can answer. Perhaps Ghost hunters can.
Those people who are excited to explore the haunted places for experiencing its paranormal activities must surely visit Bhangarh Kila that carries its own status of being the most haunted place in India.
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