Have you heard about the supposedly haunted Bhangarh fort in Rajasthan India? People believe that fort to be haunted because of two legends that have become folk tales. Read more about it below!
The Bhangarh (Bhanwargarh) fort is located in Alwar district of Rajasthan. It was build by Mansingh I in the 17th century for his younger brother Madho Singh I. Man Singh I was one of the navratnas at Akbar’s court. The ‘Bhangarh Fort’ is believed to be named after Madho Singh’s grandfather Bhan Singh.
This fort actress a lot of tourists every year because of the mystery that surrounds the fort. Many people claim that they have gone through supernatural experiences at this fort.
The Archaelogical Survey Of India has forbidden anyone to venture into the fort after sunset. A board at the entrance of the fort reads, “Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited.” When we look at this rationally, it is an evident fact that such boards are put up outside all monuments that are meant by the ASI. Allowing visitors at night would not only invite anti-social elements who would deface the fort but also put people at risk of venturing into weaker places of the fort and injuring them due to absence of enough light.
But the locals in the area have a different story to tell. They say that once a group of tourists paid the night watchman to let them stay inside the fort after sunset. Soon after, these tourists saw a boy sitting inside a room that had no way of coming out or getting in. They claim that this boy was a ghost. The truth however is undiscovered.
There are two legends surrounding the fort, explaining it’s hauntings.
The first legend, says that during Madho Singh’s rule there was a prophecy that the shadow of the fort must not fall on the house of a sadhu, an ascetic named Bala Nath. If it does, then it would bring complete doom and darkness. Sometime in the past, fortifications were done on the fort that made the shadow on the fort fall on the ascetic’s house. The prophecy was fulfilled and the fort was haunted.
The second legend relates to Princess Ratnavati and about the magician who fell in love with her, N.K. Sinhai. the story goes that when the magician offered a love potion disguising it as ittar(fragrance, scent) to the princess so that she would fall in love with him. But the princess who saw through the magician’s act, threw it on a boulder nearby which crushed the magician. The magician cursed that Bhangarh would be doomed forever in his last breaths. And so, the fort is haunted and cursed since then.
None of these legends can be verified but the fact that a lot of people who have visited the fort have felt a negative aura around them cannot be completely ignored.
There is a bright side to the fort – it is located at a beautiful location – right next to Sariska Tiger Reserve. It is on the foothills of a mountain and is an archaeological wonder!
The best way to find out the truth is go out there yourself!