There is a belief about Bhangarh that the place is haunted and no one dares to go after sunset there.
Bhangarh is a place between Jaipur and Alwar in Rajasthan state of India. Bhangarh is known for its ruins, but still worth a visit; the place is beautiful and tranquil. What remains though, is a shadow of a once beautiful kingdom.
The Bhangarh Story
The story (and the history) of the Bhangarh began in the year of 1573 when the fortress was established. Built by Raja Bhagawant Das, the ruler of the city of Amber, Bhangarh Fort has become the residence of Madho Singh, ruler's second son who fought alongside his father and brother in many wars. The decline of Bhangarh Fort started in 1630 after Chhatr Singh, son of Madho Singh got killed in a violent attack. The decline continued until 1783 when the fortress and the city were completely abandoned following that year's famine.
is said that the city of Bhangarh was cursed by the Guru Balu Nath,
causing the towns evacuation. Balu Nath sanctioned the establishment of
the town but said: "The moment the shadows of your palaces touch me, the
city shall be no more!" Ignorant of such foreboding, one ambitious
descendant raised the palace to such a height that its shadowed Balu
Nath's forbidden retreat and thus the town was devastated as prophesied.
The small samadhi where Balu Nath is said to lie buried is still there.
other myth is as follows: The charm of princess of Bhangarh Ratnavati
was said to be matchless in all of Rajasthan. Being eighteen years old,
the princess started getting matrimonial offers from other states. In
the same region there lived a tantrik, a magician well versed in the
occult, named Singhia who was desperately in love with the princess
knowing that he would never be allowed to even see her, let alone meet
her. One day, he saw the princess' maid in the market buying scented oil
for her. Seeing this, he got an idea by which he could meet the
princess. He used his black magic and put a spell on the oil which would
hypnotize the princess by her merely touching the oil, and she would
surrender herself. The princess foiled this plan though. She had seen
the tantrik enchanting the oil, and she therefore threw it away,
whereupon the flagon rolled over a stone. As soon as the oil touched the
stone, it started rolling towards the wicked tantrik and crushed him.
While dying, Singhia cursed the palace with the death of all who dwelt
in it, without any rebirth in their destinies. The very next year there
was a battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh and Ratnavati died.
What does the signboard say?
Here is a translation:
The Government of India
The Archeological Survey of India, Bhangarh
1. Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited.
2. Shepherds and woodcutters who enter Bhangarh area will face legal action.
3. The Kewda or Pandanus trees found in Bhangarh area belong to the Archaelogy Survey of India. Is it forbidden to subject this tree to any kind of harm.
Note: Anyone flouting of the rules mentioned above will face legal action.
Supervisor, Archaelogical Survey Board
True, the signboard does not say that there are ghosts in the area, or the place is haunted. But the signboard is extremely unusual.