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Bhangarh Fort offers shelter for spirits trapped within its walls

There are many things one can learn when they are sitting on hold with a Dell computer technician, for example: What time is it there? What is the weather like? Or how long does it them to get to and from work on a business day? But have you ever asked about the hauntings and ghosts of India? This writer did!

Dare to spend a night at this most haunted location
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Bhangarh is located between Jaipur and Delhi in Rajasthan state of India known for its pre-historic ruins. It was once the home of over 2000 people. The most remarkable buildings are the temples of Gopinath Shiva, Mangla Devi, Lavina Devi, and Keshava Rai. There was a market along the ancient roadway 500 years ago, several havelis, a mosque and a grand palace. The palace was protected by two inner fortifications across the valley.

The mountain roads to Bhangarh are narrow and dangerous, and it quite the drive from other cities.

Although Bhangarh Fort is a thriving tourist attraction by day, it is legally prohibited to enter the grounds between sunset and sunrise. A sign posted reads: “Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited. Legal action would be taken against anybody who does not follow these instructions…although, it seems with special permission from the government, a few camera crews have been allowed to come in and film after dark.

What led to theses rulings? Legend states that the city of Bhangarh was cursed by the Guru Balu. He sanctioned the construction of the town on one condition. “The moment the shadows of your palaces touch me, the city shall be no more!” When a prince raised the palace to a height that cast a shadow on Balu Nath’s forbidden retreat, he did what he promised. He cursed the town. Balu Nath is said to be buried there to this day in a small Samadhi.

And there is yet another myth—the legend of the Princess of Bhangarh, Ratnavati. On her eighteenth birthday the Princess began to receive offers of marriage from many other regions. In the area lived a magician well versed in the occult. His name was Singhia. He was in love with the princess Ratnaati but knew the relationship was impossible. One day Singhia saw the princess’s maid in the market. He used his black magic on the oil she was purchasing so that upon touching it the princes would surrender her love to him. The princess witnessed the magician enchanting the oil and ruined his plan by pouring the contents on the ground. As the oil struck the ground it turned into a boulder that began to roll and crushed Singhia. Dying, the magician cursed the palace with the death of all who lived in it. Later there was a battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh in which the beautiful Princess Ratnavati died. The legend says that there are ghosts in Bhangarh and that is why entry is prohibited for tourists in the fort after sunset and before sunrise. Their souls were cursed to stay there for centuries without any chance of rebirth.

Bhangarh is one of the 10 most haunted places in India. Would you journey to Bhangarh and spend the night? Is it ghosts? Or is it the calls of the wild animals seeking food in the darkness of the night we must fear?

Enjoy a 5 part video about Bhangarh…click on the video on this page and see Part 1…if you dare!

Haunted Places Examiner: Debe Branning

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