Situated in the Alwar district of Rajasthan in India, Bhangarh fort, is not for the faint-hearted people. This place is known to be one of the most haunted places in India and is called “The House of Ghosts” by the locals here. It was built in the year 1573 as the residence of Madho Singh. He was the son of Raja Bhagwant Das and the younger brother of Man Singh.
There are two myths surrounding the fort–
First is that it was cursed by Guru Balu Nath, who said that if the shadow of any building reached his abode, the whole city will be finished. It is believed that once a king built his palace higher than the saint’s dwelling and after a few days the whole palace collapsed.
The second story known is that a black magic wizard called Singhia who was bewitched by the beauty of Princess Ratnavati tried to possess her by replacing her oil with a magic potion. However, the princess got to know about this and she dropped the oil on a boulder which crushed the wizard. Before he died, he cursed 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; 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. It is still said that the fort waits for its princess to return.
According to the recent excavations conducted by the Archeological Survey of India, it is evident that the town of Bhangarh is a pre-historic site. The Archeological Survey has strictly prohibited entering the borderline of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset, since the peculiar atmosphere at Bhangarh could cause anxiety and restlessness to its visitors, even during the day.
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