India is a mystical country indeed, with its numerous forts, forests, and historical sites. Some sites are believed to be haunted by ghosts or spirits. Bhangarh Fort ranks first in the list of most haunted place in India and attracts a lot of tourists every year. As Bhangarh Fort is known for its rich history and paranormal incidents, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India for those who want to feel the paranormal activities.
The Bhangarh Fort is a 17th-century fort in Rajasthan state. It was built by Man Singh (First) for his younger son Madho Singh (First). Man Singh was one of the navratnas of Akbar’s court. It was named Bhangarh by Madho Singh after his grandfather Bhan Singh. It is one of the forts which are well preserved.
The Bhangarh Fort located on the border of the Sariska Reserve in the Aravali range of hills in Alwar district of Rajasthan. The nearest village is Gola ka Baas. The fort is situated at the foot of the hills on sloping terrain. The fort is located 235 kilometers from Delhi. The last 2 kilometers of the path to the entrance gate of the fort is an unpaved road.
Due to a few tragic incidents and the widespread belief that the fort is haunted, trespassing near Bhangarh is legally prohibited between sunset and sunrise. According to locals, spirits enter the place after sunset and thus nobody should enter the borders of Bhangarh during this time. As per a notice board put up by the Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) at the entrance of the fort “no one is allowed to enter the fort premises before dawn and after sunset”.
THERE ARE TWO LEGENDS RELATED TO THE HISTORY OF THE FORT CITY, WHICH IS CONSIDERED TO BE INDIA’S TOP HAUNTED PLACE.
1. A sadhu named Baba Balau Nath lived within the fort area. He gave such an order that any houses built in the limits of the fort should not be taller than his house, and if the shadow of any such house fell on his house, it would result in the destruction of the fort town. When a descendant prince raised the palace to a height that cast a shadow over Sadhu’s abode, it is said that he cursed the whole town. Subsequently, the whole city and fort were destructed due to sage’s curse. Locals believe that the fort is still cursed.
2. There was a wizard named N.K. Sinhai who was an expert in black magic. He fell in love with princess Ratnavati of Bhangarh, who was very beautiful. While she was 18 years old, one day she went shopping with her friends. The wizard saw princess buying Ittar (scent) and replaced the scent with a love potion to trap the princess. He offered the potion to princess so that she starts liking him. However, the princess understood the fraud of wizard and when he offered her the bowl of potion, she threw it onto a big stone nearby. As a result, the stone started rolling down towards the wizard and crushed him. Before he died, he made a curse that Bhangarh would be destroyed soon and no one would be able to live within its precincts. Subsequently, Bhangarh Fort was invaded by the Mughals from the north and the city was surrounded and sacked. All the people (approx. 10000) in the fort, including the princess, were killed. Now people believe that the fort is haunted due to the curse of the wizard and ghost of the wizard and princess still roam in the fort.
BHANGARH FORT INCIDENTS –
After various incidents had been reported from the town of the fort, the government of India stopped the entry of tourists to the fort after sunset. Local believe that anyone who goes to the fort in the night never come back. One such incident which is very popular that once a group of tourists bribed the gatekeeper of the fort to allow them in the fort in the night. The gatekeeper allowed them but also gave them a strict warning that they should not go inside the fort at that time. The group of tourists ignored the warning and went inside the fort. As they could not find anything at first, they started joking and laughing. Everything was going well until they noticed a boy sitting alone in a room. The door had no doors and windows in the door were grilled in a way that nobody can enter the room from windows. They were frightened and you can guess what happened next!
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