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The Frightening Secrets of the Most Haunted Place in India

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Is the Bhangarh fort really haunted?

Is the Bhangarh fort really haunted?

Whenever we talk about haunted places, ghost sightings, or even supernatural stuff that cannot be explained satisfactorily, a modified interpretation of Pareto’s principle can be applied.

“80% of the falsehood comes from 20% of the truth”.

Any ‘haunted’ place over the years becomes so much intermeshed within a potpourri of legends, bloodshed, myths, and rumors that by the time scientific minds start applying logic and decide to find the ‘ring’ of truth, their efforts turn out to be futile and they are unable to find out where the truth starts and the falsehood ends.

And The Bhangarh Fort in India is no exception to this rule. The history of the fort has so much seeped in folktales, blood, black magic, and sorcery that it is no wonder that it has been officially declared the most haunted place in India with the Archaeological Survey of India forced to post a sign(in Hindi) that “Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited.”

Yes, while the tales weaved about ghostly sightings within the fort might sound outlandish but the fact that the stories are so pervasive that special permission needs to be taken from the government to enter the premises after sunset or before sunrise tells us there might be some element of truth after all.

Locals believe that whoever has entered the fort in the dark has never been found again and this fear was the very reason that the entire fort city was abandoned and the citizens established a whole new city nearby (Bhangarh), far away from the ghosts said to be inhabiting the fort premises.

The story of Bhangarh Fort

Situated on the border of Sariska Tiger Reserve in the Aravalli range, the Bhangarh Fort was built by Bhagwant Das, then ruler of Amber. Later it was made the capital by Madho Singh, a minister in the court of the Mughal emperor Akbar. After Madho Singh, his son, Chhatr Singh became the ruler, and after his death in 1630, the fortunes of Bhangarh slowly declined.

By 1720, the town had considerably diminished in size, and after the famine of 1783, it was completely abandoned by the locals who moved on to other greener pastures nearly. And soon Bhangarh, a once prosperous town with people and businesses, degenerated into a ghost town, left with the ruins of endless rows of shops, rest houses, and palaces of the rich.

But that is not the reason,” says Mahendra Singh, a guide in the fort.” The downfall of Bhangarh has to do with its princess Ratnavati. She was very beautiful, and when she turned 18, marriage proposals started pouring from nearby regions.”

Unfortunately, her mesmerizing beauty also caught the attention of a sorcerer who was notorious for the use of his black magic skills for nefarious purposes. The sorcerer decided to cast a spell on her and make her his wife.

It was the town’s marketplace where the ill-fated events unfolded. The princess’s maid had come to buy a perfume for Ratnavati. After roaming through the shops, she came to the sorcerer’s shop where a brightly colored sweet-scented perfume caught her attention. The sorcerer could not believe his luck as he cast a spell on the perfume and gave it to the maid for the princess.

It is not certain how Ratnavati found out about the evil intentions of the sorcerer. But she came blazing to the marketplace, her beautiful eyes red with fury as she threw the bottle in front of the sorcerer’s shop. The bottle broke and its vile contents morphed into a boulder, trampling the sorcerer under its weight.

The dying sorcerer cursed the princess and her family to death and within moments the entire city collapsed with all its inhabitants including the princess getting killed. Every trace of inhabitation was erased from Bhangarh as the sorcerer’s curse destroyed everything – Ratnavati and her smile, the prosperity, the people, and the vibrant community.

It is said that the princess Ratnavati still roams in the palace premises waiting to be reborn again so that the curse of the evil magician can be lifted from Bhangarh’s destiny and the city can be prosperous again.

Yes, the story is unproven and no more than a legend but the fact cannot be disputed that, whenever you enter within the premises of Bhangarh, a sort of restlessness and anxiety overcomes you and you get the feeling that somebody is watching you and following you around. Despite its popularity of the place, people seldom hang around for long within the fort even in the daytime.

What is the truth?

While paranormal experts have accepted that there is an unusually high degree of paranormal activity within the fort, scientists have rubbished these claims repeatedly citing that they are either rumors or stories spurn by over-imaginative locals over the years.

That said, people have heard noises that could not be accounted for. A lot of people have disappeared with the fort premises forcing the Archaeological Survey of India to ban entry into the fort after sunset and there have also been instances when the smell of a sweet perfume could be sniffed in the air with bangles breaking and strange music emerging from the fort. People have even reported being slapped by ghosts and followed by unseen forces.

Is the Bhangarh Fort really haunted? Nobody can say. But these are the very tales and legends that bring thousands of tourists to its premises every year to experience the supernatural and the paranormal.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Ravi Rajan

Comments

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 16, 2021:

Thanks Devika

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 16, 2021:

This is an interesting hub about the haunted place in India. An abandoned building looks scary and some people will find it strange to walk close by.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 14, 2021:

Thanks MG.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 14, 2021:

Nice article, must visit this place sometime.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 14, 2021:

Thanks Peggy

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 14, 2021:

Thanks Meibakagh

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2021:

That is an interesting tale as to why many people think that this place is haunted.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on February 14, 2021:

The town is probably haunted. The scientists willnot agree to it. The thing is that 90% of scientists do not believe when it comes to spirt things. An interestly and captivating article indeed. Much thanks.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on February 14, 2021:

The town is probably haunted. The scientists willnot agree to it. The thing is that 90% of scientists do not believe when it comes to spirt things. An interestly and captivating article indeed. Much thanks.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 14, 2021:

That place just looks haunted! LOL Thanks for the tour and history. Very interesting place!