Bhangarh Fort is much famed as the most haunted place in the country, which also remains as one of the greatest unsolved mysteries. There is no doubt about the fact that anything associated with the supernatural attracts a lot of attention and the abandoned city of Bhangarh is an example of this very idea.
The large number of haunted stories about Bhangarh Fort have attracted many tourists till date. Many curious visitors come here, just to experience the thrill whilst some return in sheer disappointment and a few others simply enjoy the suspense which is associated with the story of Bhangarh.
If you are one of those curious travellers, it is essential that you visit this place and unlock the mystery by yourself. Most people believe that this place is haunted and there is no shortage of tales which help in amplifying the mystery associated with Bhangarh.
A Hermit's Curse?
Getting into the fort after sunset is nothing but an act of bravery as it is supposed to be a place which witnesses paranormal activities and the Archaeological Survey of India has prohibited people from visiting the place at night.
One amongst the many stories which locals narrate about the fort is that of Emperor Madho Singh who was the founding father of the city, who built the city after seeking the approval of Guru Balu Nath, an ascetic who used to meditate here. The saint gave his consent on one condition that the shadow of the Emperor's palace must not fall on his sanctuary. In case it did, then the city would collapse into ruins.
However, after the construction was completed, the retreat of the hermit was unfortunately shadowed by the palace. And the saint's words came true, with Bhangarh changing into a cursed city which could never be rebuilt. Ever since, no structures have managed to survive here. An interesting factor is that one can find the tomb of Guru Balu Nath amongst the ruins.
The Matchless Beauty Of A Princess
Another legend which is associated with the fort is the story of Princess Ratnavati, who was known for her matchless beauty. The stories about her extraordinary physical attractiveness floated across kingdoms and borders.
When she turned eighteen, alliances from several states began to flow. Amongst them was a sorcerer, Singhia who was aware of the fact that he was not the ideal match for the princess. However, he decided to lure her with his magical powers. He got lucky when he came across the caretaker of the princess in the market and cast a spell on the oil which she was purchasing.
He hoped that the princess would surrender herself to him on touching the oil. However, things did not work as per his plan, as the princess came to know about his trick and poured the oil on the ground which then led to the formation of a rock. The rock rolled towards the magician and crushed him to death.
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The Curse Of A Magician
Before dying, the magician cursed the city of Bhangarh. As a result of the curse, it never witnessed any rebirths. To add on, there was a battle which was fought between Ajabgarh and Bhangarh in which the princess, Ratnavati was killed, which added more weightage to the curse.
However, there are several locals who believe that the princess would return in a different form and would bring an end to the unfortunate spell cast on the city.
The stories associated with the Bhangarh Fort, however, are rubbished by scientists, but that does not put an end to the beliefs of the villagers who still think it is indeed an oasis of ghosts. People have apparently heard noises which are unaccounted for. The locals claim that they have heard women screaming and crying, bangles breaking and strange sounds which emit from the fort.
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Slapped By A Ghost?
There have been occasions when people have witnessed a special perfume emanating from the structures along with mysterious shadows and strange lights. Some people are said to have experienced a strange sensation of being followed and even being slapped by an invisible entity. There is also a belief that if an individual enters the fort after sunset, he would never come out of it.
However, the doors are locked after dusk and entry into the premises of the fort at night is not permitted. Many of these stories may be factual or just fiction; one cannot justify which one is true.