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Being ruled by many dynaties over the years, India has some really magnificent forts which are the proof of the past splendour. These forts are known not only for their amazing architecture but also for their gruesome past and creepy tales.Here are 7 of the most haunted forts in India that are engulfed in the tragic, mysterious tales of the past:.
1. Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune
Shaniwarwada fort was built in 1732 in honour of Peshwa Bajirao,. It is considered to be one of the most haunted forts in India. The fort is haunted by the spirit of Narayan Rao, the fifth ruler of Peshawas. In 1773, Narayan Rao was murdered by his own guards, on the orders of his uncle Raghunathrao and aunt Anandibai. On 27 February 1828, this fort also caught fire and those who died in the fire are also said to haunt the fort.
According to a popular rumour, Narayan Rao's ghost still calls for help on full moon nights. Visitors have allegedly reported such cries.They often hear weird and inexplicable noises coming from the fort. Many also claim to hear screams of those who died in the deadly fire.
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2. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
This 17-century fort that was built for Princess Ratnavati of Alwar is the only fort in India which is declared haunted by the Archaeological Society of India. According to the legend, a Tantrik who practised black magic fell madly in love with the princess. He tried to use black magic on her and win her over. But the princess came to know about his vicious plan beforehand and got him killed. While dying, the Tantrik cursed that Bhangarh would be destroyed soon and no one would be able to live within its precincts. Subsequently, the Fort was invaded by the Mughals and all inhabitants including the princess were killed.
The locals have complained about hearing screams coming from the fort. Many have reportedly seen apparitions inside the fort. Visitors claim to feel uneasy and heavy while exploring this magnificent fort. Entry into Bhangarh is prohibited between sunset and sunrise.
3. Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
Kakatiyas Dynasty ruled this 13th-century fort for the longest time. This magnificent fort went through many renovations under the fancies of its many rulers but now, this fort is considered to be haunted. It is said that the king and the queen of the fort who are still buried in the premises linger around.The spirit of an ex-courtesan is also believed to walk and dance in the palace at night.
People claim to hear screams, strange voices and howls in pain coming from the fort after sunset. Some have also allegedly seen apparitions hanging upside-down on the walls of the fort.
4. Sajjangarh Fort, Udaipur
Sajjangarh Fort is also known as Monsoon Palace. Perched on top of a distant hill like a fairy-tale castle, this melancholy, neglected late-19th-century palace, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake was constructed by Maharana Sajjan Singhin 1884.
The underground rooms of this palace are inaccessible for tourists and visitors. Visitors had often complained of feeling uneasy and eerie while exploring the underground rooms. Now, all the underground rooms are locked up and no tourist is allowed to stay inside the fort after 7 PM.
5. Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi
This fort was built during the 14-century by Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq in New Delhi. It is believed to be the resting grounds for Jinns. Jinns are the malevolent spirits who are cursed to eternally roam the Earth. They have no shape and are invisible.
The localites say that Jinns prey on unguarded young women and children after dark. Visitors often leave offerings like milk, grain and fruits in order to appease the Jinns. The locals visit the Feroz Shah Kotla ruins every Thursday to pay their respects to the Jinns. They pray, light candles and write letters hoping that their prayers will be answered.
6. Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
Nahargarh is a beautiful fort in the foothills of the Aravalli Mountain Range in Jaipur. Its architecture is to be marvelled at but, it is also considered to be one of the most haunted forts in India. Locals say that the spirit of Maharaja Sawai Raja Man Singh haunts the fort.
The walls of the fort were built extremely high at the order of Maharaja Sawai Raja Man Singh because he didn't want anyone to lay eyes on his queens. It is said that his spirit still roams in the fort. Visitors often complain of feeling creepy and uneasy inside the fort. Some claim to feel the presence of something negative and evil while some have claimed to hear strange noises from inside the fort. No one dares to enter the fort after sunset.
7. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. It was built by Rao Jodha in 1459. When the fort was being built, a hermit residing on the hilltop was displaced and in order to please him, Rao Jodha offered a human sacrifice. He ordered his guards to set ablaze a young man named Rajita Bambi. A series of misfortunes befell on Rao Jodha and his family after the incident. Visitors often complain of feeling creepy and uneasy while exploring the fort. Many have claimed to see the apparition of a young man in the corridors.
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© 2019 Shaloo Walia
Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 11, 2019:
MG Singh emge from Singapore on November 10, 2019:
I have been to all the forts mentioned. Nice article
Shaloo Walia (author) from India on November 09, 2019:
Thank you Asad.
Asad Dillz Khan from United Kingdom on November 09, 2019:
Very informative and historic Hub Shaloo. I also heard a lot about Red Fort. I wish I'll visit there soon..... One of the beautiful and historic article...... Fantabulous master piece.
Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 24, 2019:
You're welcome, Dora. I am glad you liked it.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 19, 2019:
Thanks for this informative, historical article. Very interesting facts on rituals, haunts and such!
Shaloo Walia (author) from India on June 18, 2019:
@Bill We have some of the most magnificent and majestic forts in the world. I have written a hub on the best forts of India too
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 18, 2019:
Of course there are forts in India. We in the U.S.know so little about your country. It makes perfect sense that you would have forts, but it never dawned one me until this article. Thank you!