Cursed by the Tantrik, Bhangarh, this ruined city is flanked by the Aravallis. A 300-km drive from Delhi the moment you cross Ajabgarh, you enter the city of Bhangarh. This city which is now in tatters was established in 1613 by King Madho Singh, son of great Mughal general, Man Singh of Amber. As you enter the premises you will see the whole city is in tattered condition. Guru Balu Nath cursed the city saying “The moment the shadows of your palaces touch me, the city shall be no more!” It is said that he is buried there small samādhi. The city was cursed saying that it would never be inhabited again except the temples.
Another story of Princess Ratnavati is also famous amongst the villagers. Singhia who was a tantric was also fascinated by her beauty but since he knew he would never get her so he cast a spell on her but in turn was killed himself by the same spell.
Local villagers are of the believe that whenever a house is built its roof collapses. No visitors are allowed to stay there after dark. Also the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) sign board put up there says, “Staying after sunset is strictly prohibited in this area.”
The whole city was cursed except for the temples. Banyans trees and temples dot the landscape. The sprawling premises is house to more than half a dozen temples like Hanuman Temple, Gopinath Temple Naveen Temple along with Purohitji ki Haveli.
This town was established in 1573 (VS 1631) during the rule of Raja Bhagwant Das and it became the residence of his second son Madho Singh. The architecture of the place is worth admiring and speaks of talent of the people of that period.
As you enter the fort you can see picturesquely carved window frame along with decorated doorstep of this kingdom which is now in its ruins. Though the the city’s abandoned marketplace place, temples and gardens are in good condition.
The Kewda or Pandanus trees found in the fort complex belong to the Archaeology Survey of India and no one can incur any kind of harm to them.
Stories go around that there are ghosts in Bhangarh so entry is prohibited for tourists in the fort after sunset and before sunrise. Archaeological Survey of India has put up a board at the entrance that states that no one can stay inside the fort area after sunset and before sunrise.
What now remains is a shadow and eeriness of a once beautiful kingdom still prevails. Even today evil spirits and supernatural power tend to exist.