According to locals, spirits enter the place after sunset, and thus nobody is allowed to enter the borders of Bhangarh during this time. Yes, this is about the Bhangarh fort – the most haunted fort in India.
A signboard posted by the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India), which is a Government of India organization, specifies these instructions.
The instructions: “Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited. Legal action will be taken against anybody who does not follow these instructions”.
Some other rules are there according to which no one is allowed to graze their animals in the village after sunset.
Yes, here we are talking about the “Bhangarh Fort – The most haunted fort in India”. These are the instructions that are written on the signboard outside the fort. Bhangarh Fort situated in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. Rajasthan “the land of kings” so it’s common to have a fort in every possible place in the Rajasthan. What’s different in this fort? Why Bhangarh Fort is named as the most haunted fort in India? Any idea? Let’s get some idea then.
You know, how tough we Indians are? Like if someone has forbidden us to do something then we, we Indians will surely do that, something the same is with our “Bhangarh Fort – the most haunted fort in India” our Indian government has written order to not to visit this place after night but who cares? On the other hand, we Indians also love ghost stories too, so for us travel freaks it is like “icing on the cake” we were like “chlo yaar dekh ke aate hai kha hai rani Ratnawati ka bhoot” but jokes apart.
But, really Bhangarh Fort is haunted? I will share my experience. But let’s know some history about the fort.
Note: This blog may get long as I will discuss every aspect of the fort. Hope this blog is worthy of your reading.
Permit me to give you a little background.
A historical site in itself, the Bhangarh fort was built in the 17th century by “Man Singh I” who was a general in Akbar’s troops. Madho Singh was succeeded by his son Chatr Singh. It was Chatr Singh’s son Ajab Singh who built the fort of Ajabgarh. The once flourishing town and fort suddenly became desolate and that left many people wondering, giving way to Bhangarh fort ghost story and legends we read about these days.
Why this fort suddenly became desolate?
Many stories are roaming around about this fort. Here comes the first legend is that within the fort walls lived a sadhu named Guru Balu Nath and his permission to build the fort was sought first by Man Singh I and that while the sadhu did give the king permission, he also laid a condition that under no circumstance should the fort create a shadow over his house and if that happens then the city will perish. The king swore on this but his descendants failed to keep the oath and as a result of the broken oath, the curse befell Bhangarh.
The second story and the more popular between the legend is that Princess Ratnavati who was a very beautiful woman caught the attention of Tantrik Singhia, a well-versed magician, who practiced dark arts. He tried to win her over but she kept refusing him. He then resorted to using magic on her by hiding a love potion in her perfume. But the princess came to know of this and she poured the entire bottle over a huge boulder which crushed the tantric. Before breathing his last, the tantric placed a curse on the town which led to its destruction. Later during the battle between Ajabgarh and Bhangarh, Rani Ratnavati was killed and it is believed that the ghost of a queen and the sorcerer are still roaming on the premises.
One more story connecting this story is that when Tantrik Singhia cursed this place and Princess Ratnavati got to know about that and she decided to empty her whole kingdom.
After that, this whole place becomes haunted house.
Just a thought: If you read these two stories then you will notice one thing common in both the stories i.e., the legends or historians are telling about one thing and i.e., “a curse”.
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How to visit Bhangarh Fort?
When I visited Bhangarh Fort – the most haunted fort in India, I took a bike on rent with my friend from Jaipur city. We ride all the way from Jaipur to the most haunted fort in India, it was one of the most amazing journeys, the trip to Bhangarh fort is beautiful too, with the greenery around and the Aravali hills looming upfront. Another interesting thing is the fort is close to Sariska National Park which is a popular tiger reserve of India. Structurally, the fort is said to be inspired by the medieval Shahjahanabad city (Old Delhi) with massive wooden gates at the four sides and the sides of the precinct carved with ornate small temples and waterfalls to aid airflow, thereby keeping the space cool.
Inside the fort.
Look, here I am telling you about this thing because I want you to know the place properly before visiting the place.
The Bhangarh fort is having a huge gate through which one would enter into the premises of the fort. A “Hanuman temple in the fort” is placed near the right side of the main gate and through this gate, one has to take a long walk to reach the main castle. Along with the main gate, there are four more gates in the fort namely Ajmeri gate, The Phubari Gate, and the Delhi Gate.
There is also a Gopinath temple in the fort near the Hanuman temple which was built above at the height of 14 feet with yellow sandstone. The complex of the fort is also housed with the house of a priest called Purohit Ji Ki Haveli.
The fort is nothing more than ruins these days, yet the one would easily get enchanted by its raw beauty and style. Many attempts have been done to preserve this temple yet all the efforts went in vain. You will find many temples inside the premises of the fort that their idols get stolen.
A long road lined on both sides with ruins. These were the jauhri bazaars, houses of dancing girls (Nachni ki Haveli). We entered the impressive gateway to see the fort. Even though the fort was in ruins, it had three grand storeys to be explored. The Someshwara temple at the side, with its beautiful stepwell, was serene. We paid our respects there before climbing up to the fort. The walls inside the temple were intact.
Do you know what is different in this fort? The fact is that unlike a typical Rajput fort, the Bhangarh Fort is not built atop a hill, rather, the three green hills act as a barrier behind the fort. Once you enter the fort premises, you will be greeted by a vast expanse of ruins that lead up to a really old banyan tree – said to be over 300 years old. The fort itself has suffered less damage and once you are over the magnificence of the old tree, you will be greeted by the sheer beauty of the fort.
In my opinion, climb to the top of the fort because that is the experience you will cherish forever. With the three mountains acting as the backdrop, you can see the entire city spread out before your eyes. This feeling is something else and cannot be explained – only felt. Once you are amazed by this view, take a trip to the largest temple of the fort, the Gopinath temple. Though the place is void of any idols, the architecture is a prime example of the exuberance and brilliance of the era gone by.
My view on this, the most haunted fort in the India.
If you ask me, is this place haunted? This question quite is doubtful and people can do a debate on this too because many of my friends had gone to this fort in the night. And they felt some paranormal activities there, so it is quite doubtful. I felt some different vibe there. Maybe this is because there are so many stories roaming around about this fort.
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