Who all believe in ghosts? Well, maybe most of us don’t! But are there really any ghosts or is it just the negative energy!? You must have guessed from the title that today this post is all about the Bhangarh Fort – The Most Haunted Place in India. I am always fascinated about paranormal stories and just out of my curiosity, we decided to visit this wonderful place which is just 90 KMs from Jaipur and around 250 KMs from Delhi.
December 2009 • We were in Jaipur and one fine day I said excitedly, “Let’s go to Bhangarh”. “But what is the use!? There is nothing”, said some of the locals. “But I want to!”, I was adamant. I had read and heard so many stories, that I had to visit the Bhangarh Fort, believed to be built in the 17th century for Madho Singh. Not far from Jaipur, next day, we hired a car and drove early in the foggy winter morning at around 5 AM since the gates of Bhangarh open at 6 AM. (It’s open from sunrise to sunset). The roads are not that great but you will enjoy the countryside of the desert land.
We were the first to reach there. The birds were chirping, cool breeze hit our face and all packed in jackets and gloves, we were excited to finally enter the fort. “Woohooo”, I was thrilled to witness one of the most haunted places in India! There was no ticket in 2009 and the guard let us in through the stone arch gate. Can you imagine, we were the only ones in the fort!?
The long pathway leads you to the open area and the thing that first gets noticed is the roof-less Johri Bazaar (Jewellers’ Market). The remains of ruins tell the story what would have been the time when people used to sit and sell their artifacts. It must have been so prosperous that time, and now only the ruins! Someone told us, the ghostly market gets active in the night and one can hear the sounds of bangles amidst cacophony. Woah…. had goosebumps just imagining it! The market, we were seeing, had some shops with two floors. We had some eerie feeling; maybe our minds played after listening to that story!
Anyway, we moved ahead and saw a temple. There are many temples, like Hanuman Temple, Someshwar Temple, Gopinath Temple in the premises, out of which some are in good condition while others are ruined. I was mesmerised by the intricate work in some of the temples. The remains of the paintings were proof how flourished that kingdom must have been.
We met some of the locals after an hour of strolling, and heard their side of the story. Usually, there are many rumours and tooth-stories made up by villagers, but the two major stories I heard were….
1. A local tantrik / black magician was in love with the princess and conspired against her to make her fall in love with him. Princess smelled the conspiracy and crushed the tantrik to death. But just before his death, tantrik cursed the whole city that nobody will live in peace and the rest is history.
2. Once a hermit, who lived in the fort area, gave instructions to not build any structure taller than his house and if the shadow of any house fell on his house, he will destroy everything. Once it happened and the fort was doomed within no time. Aah… the whole virtual video played in front of my eyes! I was imagining every bit of it. It must have been a tough time for all the residents then.
Post clicking temple photographs, we moved ahead to see a beautiful green landscape which was wonderfully maintained by the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). We could see some kids jumping into the water body near the garden.We also saw some monkeys (langurs) playing and jumping in the lush garden. I turned and captured a 360 degrees view in my eyes. My sparkled eyes were in awe with the royalty and the magnificent size of the Bhangarh Fort.
We soaked each and every moment of that place (we could not see the whole area though). After spending couple of hours, we thought of returning. No one is allowed to stay back after sunset. While on our way back, we could see some of the locals carrying dry wood for fuel.
How different a perspective can be!? Same location, same structure but the mindset changes post darkness. I must admit, I felt negative vibes at some of the places but not as spooky as they were told. I felt as if someone was following me! May be it was just my perspective. I will leave this for your imagination. “What lies in the history is gone with the past”, I thought.
With a heavy heart, I was stepping towards my car with million questions in my mind. What must have happened? Where did all those people go? How did they use to live? What would have been life then? Does black magic exist? Are there really any ghosts? Does the market really get active in the night? Do spirits visit the fort? Are they willing to communicate?
When I turned back, I heard as if someone was telling me,”Until next time!”