Bhangarh Fort : Where No One Dares to Enter after Sunset!
It is said that Bhangarh Fort, the most haunted fort of the contemporary times was founded by Raja Bhagwan Das, the then ruler of Amber in the later half of sixteenth century and was made capital of Madho Singh, brother of Raja Man Singh.
The remains at Bhangarh consist of fort walls, bazars, havelis, temples, royal palaces, maqbara, etc. Among temples, important are Gopinath temple, Somesvara temple, Keshava Rai temple, and Mangla Devi temple. The royal palace is said to have seven storeys known asSatamahala but now only four storeys remain. A stone inscription on the bank of the Som Sagar Talav, five km away from Bhangarh, reveals that Madho Singh was Diwan in the court of Mughal emperor Akbar.
Bhangarh Fort is situated on the border of Sariska Tiger reserve in the Aravali range in the deserted town of Bhangarh, Rajasthan. The fort fort is a major tourist attraction and is said to be one of the most haunted historical places in the world. Many myths are related with this haunted fort. Bhangarh Fort might be infamous for its haunted and mysterious presence but it can be visited as a place that is beautiful and pleasant. People say, Bhangarh fort is not for the easily frightened (faint-hearted) people. It is rated as the most haunted place in the whole of India. Those people who like to visit haunted places should definitely visit Bhangarh Fort that has its own status of being one of the most haunted places in India.
The fort is located 235 kilometres from Delhi and the approach to the entrance gate of the fort in the last 2 kilometres stretch of the road is an unpaved road. A new village of Bhangarh with a population of 1,306 in 200 households has developed outside the limits of the fort as there is fear of ghosts haunting the old city. The fort and its precincts are well preserved.
Whats inside Bhangarh ?
Entering through the main gate of the ruined fort city – now known as the “House of Ghosts” gives an eerie feeling. Within the fort, at the main entry, one can find temples, palaces and havelis. In addition, there are four more gates of entry to the fort – the Lahori Gate, the Ajmeri Gate, the Phulbari Gate and the Delhi Gate.
At the entrance of the main gate, are many Hindu temples such asHanuman Temple, Gopinath Temple, Someshwar Temple, Keshav Rai Temple, Mangla Devi Temple, Ganesh Temple and Navin Temple. The Gopinath Temple is built above a 14 ft raised plinth and yellow stones are used for the exquisite carvings of the temple. The residence of the priest called the Purohitji Ki Haveli is located in the precincts of the temple complex. Next in order is the Nachan Ki Haveli (dancer’s palace) and Jauhari Bazar (market place) followed by the Gopinath Temple. The Royal Palace is located at the extreme end of the fort’s limits.
The temples dedicated to Hanumana and Mahadeva are very elegant but need to be preserved. However, they are not built in the style of usual temples. Jhirri marble has been used in their construction but presently covered by white wash. The Muslim tomb found outside the gate of the fort is reported to be that of one of the sons of King Hari Singh who converted to Islam.
Stories behind Bhangarh
There are two legends narrated to the history of the fort city which is reported to be haunted and no one is allowed to remain in the precincts of the fort after sunset as per a notice board put up by the Archaeological Survey of India at the entrance.
Story 1 : One version of the legend is that a saint named Baba Balanath lived within the fort area. It was his injunction that any houses built in the precincts of the fort should not be taller than his house and in case the shadow of any such house falling on his house would result in destruction of the fort town.
Story 2 : In another version, a person adept in black magic fell in love with Ratnavati, the princess of Bhangarh who was very beautiful and had suitors to marry her from many royal families of the country. One day while the princess, 18 years of age, went shopping with her friends and was buying scent. The person identified as N K Sinha saw this and replaced the scent with some potion in order to trap the princess. He offered the potion to her so that she took a liking for him and marry him. However, the princess saw through the wizard’s trickery and when he offered her the bowl of potion, she threw it on a big boulder nearby and as a result the boulder started rolling down towards the wizard and crushed him. Before he died he cursed that Bhangarh would be destroyed soon and no one will be able to live within its precincts.
Subsequent to the curse Bhangarh Fort was invaded by the Mughals from the north and the city was surrounded and sacked; 10,000 people lived in the fort city at that time. All the people in the fort including the princess were killed. The present state of the fort is attributed to the curse of the wizard and people believe the ghosts in the fort are that of the princess and the wizard. Since that day, it is believed that paranormal activities take place here during the nights. Some deaths have been reported due to these paranormal activities too. There are sayings that some of the people’s spirit surrounds the boundary of the fort as no one can enter the premises. The princess’s spirit has been forcefully abducted by the wizard.
Some still think Bhangarh is not haunted !
Some people who have visited the fort say that it is definitely not a haunted and there is nothing scary about this place. It is a small complex which has ancient ruins of a fort and two temples. The fort is completely ruined. Temples are beautiful and have intricate stone carvings. Roads from Neemrana-Kesroli to Bhangarh are pathetic. There is nothing scary and creepy but there is nothing positive also. It is a very quiet and a sad place. Keep your negative thoughts away and enjoy the place. This is a historical fort with five stories.
Widely acclaimed as most haunted place and visiting is forbidden after 6 PM, this place offers interesting perspectives, and does not look like haunted. Children play cricket in the evening. If you are into history, architecture, ruins this is an interesting place to visit. Remember – there are no facilities or shops nearby so make arrangements for water, eatables in advance. Haunted or not, we do not know, but an excellent place to visit and worth traveling from Alwar. The architecture of the buildings is very beautiful and the landscape from the valley looks nice. The market place during entry to fort is excellent. The view from top is also very nice. It is worth a visit even if you forget it as a haunted place.
In 2014, a movie was also made on the haunted Bhangarh ( Movie Name – Trip to Bhangarh – Asia’s Most Haunted Place). In 1995, A superhit re-incarnation movie Karan Arjun(Starring Shahrukh Khan & Salman Khan) was shot at Bhangarh Fort.
Note :: Beware of the touts at the gate who will ask you for parking fee.
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