Bhangarh was, in fact, a flourishing town of ancient times. Built for his son, Man Singh I, in the 17th century by Madho Singh, one of the nine ratnas of Emperor Akbar’s court, Bhangarh Fort was once a thing of beauty and power. It is believed that over 10,000 people used to reside in Bhangarh before it was allegedly deserted overnight! Spooky. Standing in ruins, this 400 years old grand edifice and the spread town around it owe their present state to the pitiful Bhangarh Story that sealed its ill-fate.
Whether you believe in curses and prophecies or not, here’s the scary tale behind the doom of Bhangarh. As the legend goes, the land which where Bhangarh Fort lays standing was once the home to a puissant ascetic, named Guru Balu Nath. Madho Singh hence made a point to take his due permission before constructing the fort and was even granted one, however on one condition. The ascetic placed a condition that the shadow of the fort must never fall on his home or else great tragedy will unfold. But alas, an ambitious successor of Madho Singh ignored the warnings fortified Bhangarh Fort with higher walls. As a result, the shadow engulfed the home of the ascetic and in return, his curse engulfed the whole of Bhangarh!
Here’s another Bhangarh story that about a different and a more frightening tale behind the doom of Bhangarh. As per the folklore, there was a princess of Bhangarh, named Ratnavati who was allegedly an extremely beautiful woman. Hypnotized by her exquisite beauty, a necromancer in the region fell in love with her. In order to get her, he put a spell of black magic on the oil that the princess was supposed to use for massage. But, before his dirty ploy could work, Princess Ratnavati got a whiff of his trickery and threw off the magic-laden oil onto a huge boulder in the vicinity. This was when the doomsday clock of Bhangarh Fort and the whole town was set in a countdown. The black magic worked its way and caused the boulder to crush the tantric to his death. However, before breathing his last, he cursed the entire town of Bhangarh, struck down by grief and despondency, to slowly succumb to its utter desolation just like him.
Proving his dreading last words right, the next year itself the ruler of Bhangarh suffered a calamitous defeat at the hands of an enemy. His entire army was annihilated and all of the inhabitants of Bhangarh were brutally massacred. While the fate of the princess is still a mystery, it is said that she was condemned to roam in the precincts of Bhangarh stuck in a limbo. It is said, all of the people of Bhangarh can still be heard in Bhangarh Fort at Night; doomed to linger in this realm, never to leave the cold environs the place, hopeless and restless. In another incident as per the locals, a group of friends sightseeing in Bhangarh caught the glimpse of what seemed like the apparition of a boy in a house without a door but a grilled window. This and many other stories are popular or rumoured to be true, around here.
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