Bhangarh fort – India’s Most Haunted Place

Bhangarh Fort: In our childhood we have heard several kinds of blood-curdling ghost stories. These haunted stories still scare us as nightmares. If this is not enough to believe then let us brief you about few best haunted places like Delhi cantt, Dumas Beach in Gujrat. Many more in India, but Bhangarh fort – India’s Most Haunted Place, that would definitely give you a real jolt.

The Ruins-Bhangarh

Location

Located on the border of Sariska Tiger reserve, in the Aravali range in the deserted town of Bhangarh, Rajasthan. Distance from Jaipur – 80 KM’s.

About The Town

Established in 1573 by King Bhagwant Das who had two sons. His elder son was Man Singh, the famous General of Mughal Emperor Akbar. The younger one was Madho Singh. Bhagwant Das developed Bhangarh as the residence of his younger son Madho Singh who lived and ruled Bhangarh his whole life. Madho Singh named the city after his grandfather Man Singh who was also known as Bhan Singh and now the city is recognized as ” Bhangarh”.

Let’s not get baffled by the history so much!

Why Haunted?

Ratnavati was the princess of Bhangarh and was famed for her stately beauty all over her own kingdom and the neighboring states.

ratnavati-bhangarh_shutterholic

A tantrik called Singhia, who was completely smitten by her.  But he knew that the his match was impossible with the princess. But Singhia under the spell of glorious beauty of The Princess, decided to decoy the princess with his magical powers. One day Singhia saw the princess’s maid in the market. So he thought, he’ll marry the princess by using black magic on the oil that the maid was purchasing.

Need to have that oil for sure!

Idea was that upon touching the oil, the princess would surrender herself to him.

However, the princess saw the Sanghia Tantrik trick that he was enchanting the oil. So the princess poured the oil on to the ground. The oil on ground turned into a rock and rolled towards the magician and crushed him. Before dying, the magician cursed the Bhangarh city to death and said there will be no more rebirths. After this incident, the curse showed its results in a the battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh, where Ratnavati was assassinated.

Distorted Settlements-Bhangarh

The local’s Adding Spice

some local (folk) stories tell that the princess has taken a rebirth somewhere else and the bhangarh fort is waiting for her return and end the sadistic curse. According to the folk tales, Bhangarh fort is the dwelling of ghosts and that is why entry is prohibited for tourists or visitors in the fort before sunrise and after sunset.

Haunted Bhangarh

Post Sunset

According to different local tales, no one is allowed to hangout in the scary Bhangarh fort premises, once the sun sets. Therefore, tight restrictions have been imposed at bhangarh fort. You have to leave the fort at the given time ( in the evening 6 pm) before dusk.

Bhangarh Sign@shutterholic

The fort’s main entrance is locked and Goverment has placed a notice board at the main gate.  Which reads that ” visiting the fort before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited, and if rules are violated legal action would be taken.

Visitor’s Accounts

A rumor that spirits roam in Bhangarh Fort at night, people often hear strange noises. (screaming, crying voice of women, bangles sound in the rooms) People have also reported many weird and scarcely credible incidents like some one’s talking and a special smell is felt. Such kind of weird incidents are reported in the fort after dusk. People have seen ghostly shadow, strange lights, unusual sound of music and dance coming from the bhangarh fort.

Also said that whoever enters in the fort, after sunset and stayed there for a night. Will not return from the fort next morning. Which is why it is a must go!

Ghost Stories

There are a lot of stories often told by people after their visit to Bhangarh. I have decided to include few.

The Old Man

I am from Alwar and Bhangarh is in the municipality of Alwar district. Since childhood I have heard various stories about Bhangarh but I would like to quote one. This story was told by my father. We went there when I was 9 years old so I don’t remember much but according to my father when our family was walking near the fort of Bhangarh we saw a man who was talking to himself. Being a child I wanted to ask him who he was talking to but my father resisted. While coming back we saw that man again. He was walking by my side. He was telling us the real story behind Bhangarh.

My father tried to get rid of him but he was desperate to tell us the story. He was old therefore he was walking slowly. My father carried me and tried to walk fast to get rid of him. (You must be thinking how cruel we were because we didn’t try to help that old person but I would like to mention that we gave him food on the first meeting but later on some local people warned us.) My father’s plan worked and we were far ahead of him but the strangest thing that happened was when we looked back to see whether he was following us or not he disappeared… You must be thinking I am joking but the people behind us told us there was nobody following us.
NO OLD MAN BEHIND US!!
MY FATHER WAS CONFUSED.

Nothing Haunting!

Courtesy: Utkarsha Mishra

I visited Bhangarh fort last year in November from Jaipur. The place is beautiful. There are a lot of monkeys, both Grey Langurs and Rhesus Macaques around. They are not at all scared of people and if you happen to have something to eat, they are going to snatch it away.

A friend of mine had some Kurkure with her, and a huge macaque jumped on her, snatched away the packet, sat beside her, opened the packet like a veteran and ate it all occasionally looking at us. She was so shocked she started crying as it all happened so quickly.

The ruins are creepy, but there’s nothing haunting as such. I had a chat with the guard that sits at the gate of fort, while we were leaving. It was 6:30 and was  dark already. He said that there’s nothing haunting in here. The only problem is the wildlife.

There are a lot of monkeys and sometimes we have spotted leopards and hyenas around the place as Bhangarh fort is almost on the edge of Sariska Tiger Reserve.

That’s the main reason we drive away people before it is dark. I had that conversation recorded, and I will attach it here as soon as I can. He said that the Legend of Ratnavati might be true but I’m here every night, I haven’t, even once, experienced any bhoot-pret.

My Visit…!

Never did felt like anything haunted about it. Although people have created enough hype about this place. Doesn’t really matter if it’s haunted or not. The moment you step in the premises, a chill occurs automatically down your spine. May be because of the hype created. I felt it too, and as soon as I entered the fort. Although couldn’t find anything haunting, but it does feel like the positive energy in not in the surroundings. Ever had that moment when you reach some place and start getting negative vibes. This is exactly like that place. Not a picnic spot but would recommend to visit once. Atleast for that chill in the spine.

Important Note: Carry your food and water with you. No place to eat at the fort. Only one restaurant on the way, whose food quality is pathetic. Road is well constructed till Alwar, post which there is a bad stretch which last for about 30 minutes. Just before the fort the road plunges into a hell like abyss. Picture will prove the point!

Bhangarh Road@shutterholic

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