Bhangarh Fort (Fortress in Rundh Bhangarh, Rajasthan) is infamous for being “The Most Haunted Place” in India. It is a 17th century fort, located at the border of Sariska Tiger Reserve in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. These fort ruins have an eerie and extremely negative aura to them. Numerous paranormal activities and sightings have been reported in the fort due to which no villages lie in its vicinity. ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) has placed a hoarding at its entrance, forbidding the tourists or locals to enter the fortress before sunrise and after sunset.

The Bhangarh town was established in 1573 by Bhagwant Das, the Kachwaha ruler of Jaipur for his second son Madho Singh. There are two contrasting stories attached to the fort, providing a meaning to its ghostly ghostly atmosphere.

1. The Prophecy of the Ascetic

It is said that Madho Singh had taken permission from an ascetic Bala Nath who lived in the near vicinity of the fortress, to raise the fort. Ascetic granted him the permission on a condition that the shadow of the fort should never fall upon his home. As fate would have it, an ambitious successor of the king raised the structures vertically, thereby causing its shadow to engulf the ascetic's abode. The ominous prophecy was fulfilled and the fort was doomed in no time.

2. The Curse of the Magician

The second, more popular legend is of Princess Ratnavati of Bhangarh and the local black magician who fell in love with the bewitching beauty of the princess. So obsessed was he that he placed a powerful spell on a cosmetic that she used. The spell had the power to pull any mortal or object towards the magician through a spell bound magnetism. The princess, however, found out about the conspiracy in time and poured the cosmetic over a boulder, which in turn got pulled towards the magician and crushed him. Before dying, the magician placed a curse upon entire town that no soul would ever live in peace there and no housing structure would ever stand erect. The entire landscape in and around Bhangarh has been haunted since.

The fortress attracts hordes of tourists, however, for all the wrong reasons. Several stories have been circulated along with the claims of those who state that those who tried their luck by not paying attention to ASI warnings either went missing or experienced chilling ghostly phenomenon inside the fortress. The claims might be figments of a few imaginative minds, albeit being told and supported by various people having no connection with each other.

How to reach:

The nearest town from Bhangarh is Alwar, situated at about 90 km. Several taxis and buses are available from Alwar.

• Bhangarh is located around 269 km from Delhi via Neemrana route and 242 km via Alwar route by road.

• Bhangarh Fort is just 83 km by road from Jaipur

Source by Manisha Sinha Ray