The abandoned fort of Bhangarh is one of the most haunted place in India. So that the Archaeological Survey of India has forbidden access to the site between sunset and sunrise. Locals have moved their town outside the limits of the fort. The reputation of Bhangarh stems from two old legends, one of which involves a Holy Man who supposedly cursed Bhangarh after the fort cast a shadow over his abode.
The Ghost City
The town of Bhangarh, which is located in the Rajgarh municipality in the state of Rajasthan. Rajput ruler Bhagwant Das established the fort of Bhangarh in 1573 as the residence of his second son Madho Singh. The next ruler of Bhangarh was his son Chhatra Singhafter whose death in 1630, Bhangarh slowly declined. When the Mughal Empire became weaker after the death of Aurangzeb, Jai Singh II attached Bhangarh to his state by force in 1720. After this Bhangarh diminished in population, and since the famine of 1783 (VS 1840) the town has remained uninhabited. The fort has many temples, palaces and covers a large area of land at the foot of a mountain. But despite its beauty and picturesque scenery, the fort has dark tales.
Through the main gate of the fort city, now called the Bhoot Bangla (“House of Ghosts”). There are numerous Hindu temples. The most spectacular of these buildings are the Hanuman Temple, Gopinath Temple, Someshwar Temple, Keshav Rai Temple, Mangla Devi Temple, Ganesh Temple and Navin Temple. The location of the Royal palace is at the extreme end of the fort’s limits. Two inner fortifications across the valley protect the Royal palace. The ramparts with five gates separate the town from the plain.
The Legends of Bhangarh
According to legend, a holy man named Baba Balnath cursed the city. Baba Balnath had given permission for the construction of the town so long as the height of the buildings did not cast shadow over his retreat. Balnath warned that if this were to occur, he would destroy the entire city. When a descendant prince raised the palace to a height that cast a shadow over Bhangarh’s abode he cursed the whole town.
This legend seem like nothing more than fanciful tales. The stories have become so widely reported and believed. The Archaeological Survey of India has placed a sign at the entrance to the Fort forbidding entry after dark. Locals say whoever has tried to stay after sunset have never come out. Nevertheless, it is these very tales that continue to attract thousand of tourist every year.