For centuries, India has been riddled with a long and rich history full of mysteries and superstition. Perhaps adding to its colorful history, which is often as puzzling as it is rich. Hundreds of years ago this was thought to be a royal city called Rajasthan, and the site has been under excavation for many years. However it still fails to surrender its many secrets The Fortress of Bhangarh was mysteriously abandoned hundreds of years ago, and is located between the Pink City of Jaipur – the capital of Rajasthan and Alwar,. north-west of India in the country’s largest state. What is known is that the town was founded back in 1631, by Madho Singh, the younger brother of Man Singh, a general of the Emperor Akbar. Once a flourishing town, Bhangarh boasted over 10,000 dwellings in the 17th century when it was built by Raja Madho Singh. Today however, it's all splendour is gone and only the ruins remain. According to prominent legends, the town was cursed by an evil magician and was abandoned. That fear still haunts the minds of the local inhabitants, as they tread the soil of Bhangarh, to make offerings, very cautiously. Most of the crumbling temple walls and pavilions stand against a silent wilderness of forested hills echoing the ancient grandeur of city’s ancient prosperity. The many ruins, with arches and colonnades, are built on various levels on hillsides that hint of a once elaborate complex, with many portions of the fortress, such as a pavilion and a minaret built on a lone hill remain somewhat intact. The site seems to be a popular attraction for tourists, who often pack a picnic basket and enjoy lunch within the ruins of the pavilion. A recently restored evocative medieval bazaar is a fascinating experience for anyone out to explore Bhangarh. Close by is the Someshwar Temple. With beautiful stone carvings all around, the temple tank is still used by the local villagers to bathe and wash clothes. Yet the visit would not be complete with seeing the Temple of Gopinath, which has many carved pillars and a corbeled cupola, or the fascinating monument of Bhangarh the Randiyon, aka Mahal, or the Palace of Prostitutes. It is thought that its unusual name mose probably came from the female courtesans for whom the palace was originally built. In those days female court attendants were also taken from the harems of conquered rulers and put to work for the kingdom. The Government of India wanted to put to rest the myth of ghosts haunting the Bhangarh City Ruins by deploying military troops to patrol the fortress ruins at night. However, NONE of the Indian military personnel dared to participate in the ‘ghost busting’ operation because their belief regarding the ghosts is deeply embedded into their culture . The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the official government body responsible for maintenance of ancient monuments and ruins throughout the country officially recognizes the Bhangarh Fortress as a historic haunted location by ghosts and spirits. Because of this, there are no accommodations for overnight stays within its borders, and definitely within the ruins. They, the Office of ASI, even went so far as to stipulate that if any hotels were built, it had to be at a safe distance from the fortress. Although Bhangarh is usually deserted at night, except by trespassers and vagrants, locals are constantly reporting hearing strange noises, including music heard coming from the ruins, and at times people dancing within the ruins of the fort. Access to Bhangarh is strictly regulated by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and by their rules, it is illegal to enter Bhangarh after dark, nor before sunrise. However, people still enter the premises during the forbidden hours for the thrill associated with being in one of World’s Most Haunted locations at night! Bhangarh Fort does offer superior opportunities for mystery and ghost hunters to experience the ultimate adrenaline rush. Especially with the restless spirit of the magician who cursed the land watches over Bhangarh from a nearby hill during the day and comes down at night in search of his beloved Princess’s ghost.
The content of this website is the copyright of World Nexus Publications © 2008-2011 The history of the City of Bhangarh began in the year of 1573 when the fortress was first established by Raja Bhagawant Das – the ruler of the City of Amber, and over the years the Fortress became home to a number of rulers, including Madho Singh, the ruler’s second son who fought alongside his father and brother through many battles. It wasn’t until the City of Bhangarh was founded that the Fortress was built in 1630 after Chhatr Singh, the son of Madho Singh was killed in a violent attack by rival rulers. From then on, the decline continued until 1783, after which the fortress and the city were completely abandoned following what was believed to have been a famine; although other stories claim curses were placed upon the city and all its inhabitants forcing them to vacate. According to one myth, Bhangarh had been cursed by Guru Balu Nath (Baba Balanath), who originally sanctioned the construction of the city. He warned that his sacred meditation place lay nearby and should the palace’s shadow ever fall his forbidden retreat, the city would fall to ruin. Ignorant of the warning, Ajab Singh – one of dynasty’s descendants raised the palace to a height that had cast a shadow on the Balu Nath’s retreat and thus activated the curse that doomed the city. Another legend reveals that Princess Ratnavati, was so beautiful she had no match in all of Rajasthan.   One day the Princess was spotted by a Tantric named Singha Sevra, who was so bewitched by her beauty, he immediately fell in love. Knowing of her reputation, he decided to use black magic to get to her to marry him. So one day when he spotted the Princess’s servant in the marketplace buying perfumes for the princess, he cast a spell on the lotion she had purchased, that would make him irresistible to the Princess. His plot however was quickly uncovered by a one of the royal guards, who immediately informed the Princess of the plot. The news made the Princess take the bottle of lotion and smash it against a large rock that immediately came to life and rolled over the tantric standing behind the stone, killing him. With his last breathe he uttered a curse upon the entire land which came to pass the following year during battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh. K It is said that the beauty and charm of Princess Ratnawati of Bhangarh was without equal in the Rajasthan region and she received offers of marriage from the princes of several other states. Because of her beauty, the Princess was inundated by marriage proposals that came in regularly from all over the realm. Yet her vanity never allowed her to accept any of them. Then one day a local Tantrik (a man associated with black magic) called Singhia fell in love with Princess Ratnawati and decided to use his occult powers to entice her to his bed. When Ratnawati's maid was in the local market buying scented oil for her mistress, Singhia used his magic to charm the oil she had acquired. When the Princess applied to oil to herself she would become hypnotised and immediately seek out the Tantrik so that she could be with him. Princess Ratnawati had seen Singhia casting his evil spell on her oil and not willing to take the risk of using it, she through the oil away and it splashed all over a large stone. The Tantrik’s magic was so powerful that it actually worked on the stone as well and it started to roll away, seeking out Singhia. When the stone found Singhia it crushed him to death. His dying words placed a curse on Bhangarh and the people who lived in it. His curse dictated that everyone in the palace would die and their souls would be trapped, preventing them from being re- incarnated.  A year later a battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh took place and everyone in palance and throughout the land was killed, including Princess Ratnawati, trapping all their souls forever, never to pass into the nether world...no one has lived there since. There are countless reference of personal experiences and stories circulating about Bhandarh, of people actually feeling a sense of impending danger when they visit. But could it be nothing more than a pre-determined factor of belief or fear that is often associated with such places? Still the locals vehemently believe these legends to be true, and believed the hauntings real. So frequent, in fact, that the Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) – India's premier Archaeological institution – has erected a notice board forbidding visitors to stay away from the area at night. Such is the fear and awe that everyone holds about the legendary hauntings of Bhangarh! Many who have gone in at night have disappeared and reported missing over the years. Failing failing to return from the fortress after having challenged the law to spend the night. Surprisingly though, no bodies have ever located. Legend or reality – the fact remains that the ruins of Bhangarh have a mystical quality boarding the occult. Many of which are associated with the many legends. What is is stranger still, is that when someone visits there without knowing the legends, they more often than not will report an having experienced an intense fear and eeriness, day or night, and the overwhelming feeling of being watched by some unknown entity! This place is one of the most haunted places of world. It is therefore not allowed to enter or stay inside its premises after sunset and before sunrise by govt of India. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) "Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited." Here is a translation: Important warning: 1. Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited. 2. Shepherds and woodcutters who enter Bhangarh area will face legal action. 3. The Kewda or Pandanus trees found in Bhangarh area belong to the Archaelogy Survey of India. Is it forbidden to subject this tree to any kind of harm. Note: Anyone flouting of the rules mentioned above will face legal action. By order of the Supervisor, Archaeological Survey Board, the Government of India, and the City of Bhangarh