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Princess Ratnavati Of Bhangarh Fort :

According to legends, Princess Ratnavati’s beauty was nonpareil and stories of her surpassing physical attractiveness even transcended kingdoms and borders. When she turned eighteen, suitors from several states asked for her hand in marriage. Of all these suitors was a sorcerer named Singhia who was aware of the fact that he was no match for the princess. However, he decided to entice her with the magical powers he possessed.

He was lucky enough to see Princess Ratnavati’s mistress in the market and enchanted the oil she was purchasing with black magic. He hoped that the princess would surrender herself to him upon touching the oil. However, his attempt was futile as Ratnavati witnessed his trick and poured the oil on the ground which then morphed into a rock, rolled towards the magician and crushed him.

Before dying, Singhia cursed the city of Bhangarh to death and as a result, it never witnessed any rebirths. Moreover, in the battle between Ajabgarh and Bhangarh, princess Ratnavati was killed, thus adding more weight to his malediction. Hopes, however, never die as several locals are of the belief that she has returned in a different form and will ultimately come back to end the unfortunate spell on Bhangarh.

Other Stories Of Princess Ratnavati :

Some people also say that Ratnavati was not a princess but a queen of Raja Madho Singh and was immensely beautiful. Because of her beauty, she was not much allowed to be in vision by the king to the public, hence she mostly use to stay in her palace, where she use to learn tantric vidya and was very much interested in learning more of it. It is said that while learning tantric vidya from a well known tantric Singhia, the magician fell in love with Rani Ratnavati and was mad to get her. One day while Rani’s maid was purchasing the oil from the market for Rani Ratnavati, singhia noticed it and through all his powers of black magic he chanted some mantras which would then bring Rani to surrender herself to him. But as Rani herself had a vast knowledge of tantric vidya, she noticed the uneven smell in the oil and so she poured that oil on a huge stone from the top of the terrace of fort. And according to the plan that stone rolled towards Singhia and crushed him. Before dying, Singhia cursed the palace with the death of all who dwelt in it, without any rebirth in the destinies.

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