A signboard posted by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) can be roughly translated as
“Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited”.
The haunted drive of Bhangarh begins from Sariska known for Tiger Reserves which is around 50 km from the place. The air around the scary town of Bhangarh has a feeling of uneasiness coupled with the mystifying history the town holds. As you travel down the road you will hear some faint noises and a strong feeling of being followed by someone. A chill might run down your nerve as you look at the rear view mirror and spot a faint human like figure. Let us first leaf through the pages of history of this haunted town – ‘Bhangarh’.
Historical myth says that Bhangarh was cursed by Guru Bhalu Nath who allowed the establishment of the town with one condition saying, “The moment the shadows of your palaces touch me, the city shall be no more!” when a town dweller raised the palace to a height that cast a shadow on Balu Nath’s forbidden retreat he cursed the town and Balu Nath is said to lie buried in a small Samadhi.
Another historical myth says that once the princess of Bhangarh, princess Ratnavati, known for her relentless beauty on her eighteenth Birthday was getting proposals for marriage from the region. In a nearby town lived a magician Singhia who had gained expertise in occult try to cast a spell on the oil which princess maid was purchasing for her. Once the oil touches the princess body it will make her yearn for the magician but Singhia failed in his efforts because the princess found about Singhia’s wrong deeds and pour the oil on the ground. On touching the ground it took the shape of a boulder and killed Singhia. While dying, Singhia cursed the death of all those dwelling in the city.
As you surpass the door of the of the fort, beyond the gardens you will find a water body which commonly termed as ‘bowli’ where kings used to jump from a height of fifty feet into the water and you can hear echo of sound in a spiral movement for reasons unknown. At night you can also hear a strange sound of an anklet which might run a chill down your nerves. The pillar around Bowli has been marked red and it takes the shape of a strange human like face. Further down the way of the Bowli, you can find dancer’s haveli which explains the sound of the anklet at night. With such odd happenings in and around the place it not only makes the town of Bhangarh scary but terrifying too
There are two type of people in this world- the moderates and the extremists, if a moderate reads the sign board above his obvious reaction would be turn his back and make way for his home before sunset but an extremist will surely think otherwise. The extremist will try to find out ways to spend a night there and experience it for himself as to what happens after sunset.
So who you are a moderate or an extremist??