The Bhangarh Fort is located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. It is situated on the outskirts of Sariska Reserve. This fort was built in the 16th Century by Bhagwant Das. He built this fort for his younger son Madho Singh. Are you interested in visiting or knowing more about the historical places? If yes, then this article will help you to know more about this place.
Details of Bhangarh Fort
The Bhangarh Fort is made up of stone and bricks. It has a total of five gates – the Main Gate, the Lahori Gate, the Phulbari Gate, the Ajmeri Gate, and the Delhi Gate. At the entrance of the main gate, one can find many temples such as Hanuman Temple, Ganesha Temple, Mangla Devi Temple, Gopinath Temple, and many other. There are also many Havelis inside this palace such as Purohitji Ki Haveli (residence of the priest), Nachan ki Haveli(dancer’s palace), etc. A marketplace called Jauhari Bazar is there. There is also a Royal Palace inside the fort.
The Story of Bhangarh Fort
The Bhangarh Fort is known as one of the most haunted places in India. However, the mystery behind this remains unsolved. There are a bunch of haunted stories associated with this fort. This has resulted in the transformation of this place into a popular tourist attraction.
Many people visit this place to experience the thrill. According to research, the fort experiences some paranormal activities after the sunset. Therefore, the Archaeological Survey of India has prohibited the entry of this fort at night. Some of the popular stories associated with this fort are as follows:
It is said that there was an ascetic named Guru Balu Nath who used to live there in retreat. Emperor Madho Singh, the emperor who built the Bhangarh fort took permission from Guru Balu Nath before building the fort. Guru Balu Nath agreed but he had one condition that the shadow of the fort should not fall on his retreat. Otherwise, the city would crumble into ruins.
But after the completion of the fort, unfortunately, the shadow of the fort fell on the retreat of Guru Balu Nath. The Bhangarh city immediately transformed into a cursed city. The city is not rebuilt since then. As no structure managed to survive there. However, The tomb of Guru Balu Nath can be still found here.
There was a princess of Bhangarh named Ratnavati. She was extremely beautiful. The stories of her beauty were famous in many nearby kingdoms. When princess Ratnavati turned 18, the Prince of many kingdoms approached her to marry her. But there was a black magician named Singhia who was aware that he was no match for the princess. So he decided to marry the princess with the help of his black magic.
Luckily, one day he found the mistress of the princess in the market. He did black magic on the oil which the mistress was buying. He thought that the princess would touch this oil and fall in love with him. However, his planning failed as Ratnavati saw his trick. She poured the oil on the ground, which rolled towards Singhia and crushed him. Before dying, Singhia cursed the Bhangarh city to death. The city since then never saw any rebirths. In addition, Princess Ratnavati also died in a battle between Ajabgarh and Bhangarh.
Although scientists don’t believe in such stories. But the local people of Bhangarh believe that the fort is haunted. People have heard the noise of women crying and shouting in the fort. Inside the fort, people have heard the noise of bangles breaking and experienced slaps from an invisible thing. It is believed that if someone enters the fort at night then that person will return. Therefore, the doors of the Bhangarh Fort are shut in the evening, and entry inside the fort after that is prohibited.