There are only two kinds of people on this earth. One who believes in Ghost and others who don’t. Just 245 kms from Delhi and 76 kms from Jaipur, Bhanghar is a treat for both the kinds. If you don’t believe, challenge yourself to explore the fort in extreme possible ways and, if you do, let this be the ultimate destination to meet your love 🙂
Bhanghar is legally recognized as the Most Haunted Place in India by ASI. Archeological Survey of India has also put a board which says – “Entering the borders of Bhangarh Fort before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited. Legal action would be taken against anybody who does not follow these instructions”. Interesting!
This intriguing fort was established in 1613 under the rule of Bhagwant Das for his son Madho Singh. The town was left unrestrained after the dearth of 1783. A visit in this century definitely promises you a very eerie and uncanny experience which will give a chill beneath each bone to explore more and at the same time escape and flee.
Bhanghar, the abandoned city of historical ruins, is located on the foot of the Aravalli Hills at the edge of Siriska, in Rajasthan. Two kms before when we entered the Fort we crossed an inhospitable terrain of the unkempt stretch and deserted buildings. We were welcomed by the tribe of monkeys.
As we further enter the sub gates of the fort, a lady offers water to relief some thirst in the scorching heat. Such kind gesture, I must say.
As we entered the fort through the main gate, we witnessed dilapidated temples like of Hanuman, Ganesh, Someswar, Mangla and Gopinath along with a mosque and several havelis. I was left baffled to believe that ghosts cans reside where there are so many temples.
I was also puzzled over all the shops along the path to be roofless. There lies the ruins of the local market and shops from those times along the road as we reached the main palace at the term.
Amongst many myths, this town is believed to be wrecked in a day. Folklore also say that whoever has tried to enter the fort after dusk has never returned. However, there have been a handful of people who have tried this and come back with their own chronicles. Because of such paranormal experiences in premises, residents have sprung up far away due to the fear of what lies within.
There are two acclaimed legends behind this horrifying remains of fort –
Once upon a time, there lived a gorgeous princess to the throne named Ratnavati. As she came of age, she started getting many marriage proposals. There also lived a Tantrik named Singha, an expert in black magic, who fell in love with the princess. Knowing he could never marry her, he formulated a plan to get the princess attracted to him. When he saw a maid buying oil for the princess, he enchanted the oil so that princess will surrender herself to him. But the princess sensed something wrong and emptied the oil on the floor. As soon as the oil touched the ground, a boulder rolled and crushed Singha. In his dying breath, he cursed Bhanghar and its people with death. The curse is said to be resulted in death of 10,000 villagers and destruction of the town after a year in a battle between Bhanghar and Ajabghar. The princess is known to be assassinated in the battle itself.
Beyond this, there are different reasons for the mystical activities taking place. Some say that the spirits are of Ratnavati and Singha, whereas some say that the princess has reincarnated and the fort awaits for her return and put an end to the curse.
The second legend talks about a saint named Balu Nath. Kind Madho Singh got approval from the saint to build this town only on the condition that the shadow of emperor’s palace would never cast him at his prohibited retreat. If shadow touched over his place, the city shall be no more. The emperor abided by the rule for few years, but later he raised the fort to a height where it shadowed Balu Nath’s retreat and it was cursed. The fort was ruined and post that any construction done around got collapsed. It is said that Samadhi of Bau Nath is still there where he was buried.
These are the stories we were told by the locals, but the ruins definitely challenges everyone at least one visit to answer all the anxiety about the most haunted place in India.
We bid adieu to Bhanghar before the dusk with a beautiful sunset drive. I double dare you to stay beyond that time.
PS: The best season to visit Bhanghar is in winters from October to February.