Location of Bhangarh Fort (Rajasthan) :
Bhangarh Fort is located at the border of the Sariska Tiger Reserve in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. The complete address is – Gola ka baas, Rajgarh Tehsil, Alwar, Bhangarh, Rajasthan 301410, India. It’s about 6 hours drive from New Delhi and about 4 hours drive from Jaipur – Rajasthan.
The fort is situated at the edge of a lusciously green expanse of Sariska Tiger Reserve between Alwar and Jaipur (Rajasthan), and is not very far away from Delhi either. The fort was clearly modeled upon the medieval city of Shahjahanabad, with four massive wooden gates in every direction. The precincts of the fort have ornately carved a miniature waterfall and temples which lend an air of tranquility to the place during the better part of the day. The remnants of some palaces within the fort are clear indicators of the fort’s prosperity during its heyday. The fort would have been a tourist hot-spot for its serene atmosphere during the day and the architectural marvel that the fort is, and as a matter of fact, it is. It is a tourist attraction and it does attract hordes of tourists during the day, but for all the wrong reasons. Local folks would have you believe that no one dares to build a house with a roof in the vicinity of the fort. The roof collapses shortly after being built.
A Fort Caught In Limbo :
There are two stories still surviving in the form of legends, which have tried to give a meaning to the eerie atmosphere which surrounds the haunted fort of Bhangarh.
The first legend claims that a king named Madho Singh built Bhangarh fort after obtaining permission from an ascetic named Bala Nath who lived there, but there was a condition to it. The condition is that the shadow of the fort must never fall upon the home of the ascetic. But as fate would have it, one of the ambitious successors of Madho Singh added to the fortifications vertically, thereby causing its ominous shadow to engulf the abode of the ascetic. After that the fort was doomed in no time. The alleged prophecy stood fulfilled, and the Bhangarh Fort became haunted.
The second legend of Bhangarh Fort is more popular than the first one, it claims that Princess Ratnavati of Bhangarh was responsible for the apocalyptic situation which befell the fort. A local black magician fell in love with her (the princess is believed to have been very beautiful) and once tried to bewitch a cosmetic she was supposed to use, to make her fall in love with him. The princess smelled suspicion and foiled the entire conspiracy of the black magician by pouring the bewitched cosmetic over a massive stone boulder, which then supposedly crushed the ‘tantrik’ to death. Before the magician breathed his last, he placed a curse upon the entire landscape that no soul would ever be able to live in peace there. The entire landscape around the Bhangarh Fort has been haunted since.
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