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Eerie Ruins of Bhangarh

Bhangarh is situated on a road from Jaipur to Alwar in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is one of the most haunted places in India and is known for its ruins where nobody dares to stay after sunset. This town was established by Madho Singh who was the younger brother of Emperor’s General Raja Man Singh in 1631. But there are signs which suggest that the city was abandoned in a hurry just some centuries later. As per the local folklores the whole town had been vacated overnight because of a curse. According to the curse if the town was ever rediscovered there would be no township found, only the temples would show. This is true as all that can be seen in the landscape of Bhangarh are temples, even from the mountains only the shrines can be seen. Legends claim that no one who was stayed in Bhangarh after dark has returned.

Roofless Homes in Bhangarh

In regards to the rules government of India has to have an office of Archaeological Survey of India beside all the historic structures. But the government decided to make an exception with Bhangarh. The ASI office situated here is about 1 kilometre away from the ruins. This office is also close to a temple holding the myth of the curse true. There is a signboard placed by ASI in Bhangarh “”Staying after sunset is strictly prohibited in this area.” Tourists who visit this area during the day time have reported experiencing a strange atmosphere which is filled with anxiety and restlessness.

Government of India signboard prohibiting people from entering the town after sunset

The origin of this curse would take us back to the times when Bhangarh was a prosperous twon. The princess of Bhangrah Ratnawati was matchless in terms of beauty in entire Rajasthan. She was merely eighteen and there were marriage offers coming in from all states. In the same times lived a Tantrik or a practitioner of black magic, named Singhia. Singhia fell head over heels in love with Ratnawati. But he knew that the King would never even allow him to see the Princess. Once he saw one of Princess’s maids buying scented oil for the princess from the market. Singhia made use of the opportunity and put a spell in the oil that would draw the Princess to him and force her to satisfy him sexually. But when the Princess got the bottle of oil she threw it on a block of stone as she had already seen Singhia cast his evil spell. When the oil touched the stone it started rolling. It rolled towards Singhia and crushed him to death. While dying Singhia cursed Bhangarh that there will be an incident that will kill everybody in the palace and their souls will roam on the place forever. Amazingly the very next year there was a battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh in which no one survived in the battle as well in the palace. Even princess Ratnawati was killed.

Ruins of Bhangarh Fort

Whenever there were houses built near Bhangarh the roofs kept collapsing. Evidence is found near the place as all the houses near Bhangarh are without roofs. People in closest villages use straw to make roofs instead of bricks.

There were elaborate residences, large courtyards and miniature palaces in Bhangarh. The walls of these buildings were painted with bright colours and had detailed frescoes. It was one of the most prominent cities in Rajasthan.

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