UiTV Search
Online betting site Betway

The most haunted place in Rajasthan: Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh Fort

RAJASTHAN, MARCH 02, (UITV): Bhangarh Fort is in Rajasthan and situated along the Aravali hills along the border of the Sariska Reserve. The fort is located at the base of the sloping terrain of the mountains and is surrounded by trees and a pond area. Some natural streams run within the premises of the fort too.

The Bhangarh fort was constructed by Raja Bhagwant Singh, who was the Kachwaha ruler of Amber in 1573 A.D. He built the fort for his younger son Madho Singh. The fort carries traces of the proud Rajput clan and dynasty. However, there are very few written accounts related to the fort.

There is a story that runs behind the Bhangarh Fort. It comprises of the beautiful princess Ratnavati who was the daughter of Chatr Singh. She was famous for her beauty and graceful nature. Thus, it was no surprise to see many proposals coming to her for marriage. Once, the princess went out to a market to buy a bottle of perfume. An evil priest (Tantrik) got mesmerized with her beauty and fell in love with her. As he was aware that he could never marry her, he cast a spell on the perfume bottle that she liked.

According to the spell, the moment she would apply perfume on her body, she would be attracted to him. But someone came to know of this evil spell and informed the princess. Ratnavati threw the perfume bottle out of her window. The bottle hit a rock and broke. The magical perfume now cast a spell on the rock. Out of magical effect, the rock got attracted to the Tantrik, followed him and crushed him to death. Before dying, the Tantrik cursed the princess and the Bhangarh Fort that no one would be able to flourish there. Next year, a battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh led to the death of Ratnavati and most of the kingdom’s army. Consequently, the curse of the Tantrik destroyed the village and the fort, and it is said that the evil soul of the Tantrik still haunts the fort to conquer Ratnavati. There are rumors that if anybody tries to build a house in the village, it collapses on its own.

There are many other stories related to the Bhangarh Fort. One revolves around an agreement with a nearby ascetic and how the ascetic cursed the village and the fort and all its inhabitants. However, it is the legend of Princess Ratnavati, which is more popular. Yet, history has another view and says that after Chatr Singh’s death, Ajab Singh established a new fort and gradually the population of the area declined. The remaining villagers were forced to move out because of a famine in 1783.