Bhanghar Fort it is also known as Bangdh Fortress, Ghost Castle, and Bhoot Bangla, can be found in the Rajgarh municipality, the district of Alwar, the state of Rajasthan, India. The closest main road being National Highway 11A.
The Bhanghar Fort was built in 1613 AD under King Madho Singh’s instructions. It was built with stones and bricks and featured a long wall with 4 main gate entries : the Lahori Gate, the Delhi Gate, the Ajmeri Gate, and the Phulbari Gate. There is a large Royal Palace located at the very end of the fort’s boundaries. There are multiple temples with the Banghar Fort : the Gopinath Tample, Someswar Temple, Mangla Devi Temple, Naveen Temple, Hanuman Temple, Keshav Rai Temple, and the Ganesh Temple. There is also the Dancer’s Haveli and the Jauhari Bazar.
Currently the fort is owned by the Government of India and is open to the public. Although overnight stay is forbidden because of the strong beliefs of paranormal sightings and occurrences, per the Archaeological Survey of India, who maintain the fort.
The legends of the history of Bhanghar Fort/City goes as following :
The first story is that the wizard, Scindia, practiced Black Magic and fell madly in love with the Princess of Bhanghar, Ratnavati. She was extremely beautiful and all the suitors from all the surrounding royal families would come to pledge their love for her. One day the Princess Ratnavati and her maidens went out to the Bazar to buy perfume, the wizard saw her and replaced the perfume she wanted with a potion to ensnare her into his clutches. He gave the potion perfume to her, so that she may smell it and fall in love with him and marry him. Unfortunately for the wizard, the princess saw through his trick and when he gave her the perfume she threw it onto a nearby boulder, which caused the boulder to start rolling towards the wizard. Before Scindia, the wizard, could move he became crushed by the giant rock. Alas, before he took his final breath h e cursed the whole town, announcing that Bhanghar would be destroyed soon and that no one would ever again be able to live within its walls. After the curse was laid down, Bhanghar Fort was invaded by the neighboring kingdom of Ajabgarh and the city ransacked. 10,000 people lived in the fort at that time and all were killed even the Princess Ratnavati.
The present state of the Bhanghar City and Fort is believed to be caused by the curse of the wizard Scindia and the people of Rajasthan believe it to be haunted by all the souls of those killed within the fort.
The second story is that Scindia, a wizard, lived within the fort and believed that no house should be taller than his home. He brought it upon the for that if any home should be taller and then cast a shadow on his home would result in the destruction of the whole community. This story is less widely believed.
Where is the abandoned city and fort of Bhanghar located? You can find it with these coordinates. 27.095952,76.287668.
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