Bhangarh Fort


The human kind has a fascination for horror. They would love to test their courage and as a result would regret their own decision and struggle to go to the washroom alone at night. We have encountered multiple unexplainable events that are either categorised as a miracle or the wrath of the dead. Death is one such phenomenon that has proved to be a challenge for the human race; the curiosity has led to theories and stories that we have webbed in order to assume the possible outcome.

India is loaded with places that are known for the active site of paranormal activities. One of the hugely popular venues is the infamous Bhangarh fort from Rajasthan. It is undoubtedly the most popular and spooky one.

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The Foundation

Man Singh I (one of the navratans of Akbar’s court) raised the fort for his for his younger brother Madho Singh I during the 17th century. The name “Bhangarh” has been derived from Man Singh’s grandfather Bhan Singh.

The Legacy

The story about the origin of paranormal activities of the fort is a controversial debate but people primarily believe in two of the many stories.

  • The First Story

One story states that a sadhu named Baba Balak Nath lived within the fort area, who had given strict orders not to build any house in the precinct that may cast shadow on his house. If any house in the precinct is built taller than that of his, it may result in the destruction of the whole fort town.

I assume someone decided to challenge the might of the gracious deity and ended up becoming the root of the spirits who haunt the fort today.

  • The Second Story

The second one involves black magic and romance. Yeah, you guessed it right. It involves unrequited love and a broken heart.

This version of the legend is that a wizard fell for the beautiful princess of the Bhangarh. The wizard tried to win over the princess by tricking her into having a love potion. The princess saw through the deception and she threw the potion onto a nearby boulder.

Here the Disney fairy tale takes a gruesome turn. The potion caused the boulder to roll towards the wizard and it crushed him. Crazy stupid love.

Like any other evil wizard, he cursed the town to be perished soon and no one would be able to live within its precincts.

The Mughals invaded the place from north and massacred around 10,000 people that included all the residents of the fort and the princess.

People believe the vengeful spirits of the wizard and the princess are causing the strange activities in the precinct of the fort today. Many people have been reported dead who tried to trespass into the fort.

Attractions

The fort itself is a center of attractions and hundreds of people visit the place every year. There are several temples, palaces and havelis at the main entry of the fort. There are Hanuman Temple, Gopinath Temple, Someshwar Temple, Keshav Rai Temple, Mangla Devi Temple, Ganesh Temple and Navin Temple at the main entrance of the fort.

There is a muslim tomb outside the gate that is the resting ground of one of the sons of King Hari Singh who converted to Islam.

There are 4 entry gates to the fort.

  • • The Lahori Gate
  • • The Ajmeri Gate
  • • The Phulbari Gate
  • • The Delhi Gate

Location

It is located on the border of the Sariska Reserve in the Aravali range of hills in Alwar district of Rajasthan. The ruins of the King’s palace are located on the lower slopes of the hills; while the fort is located at the foot of the hills on sloping terrain.

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