Written By Nityanshi Newar (Grade 7)
“Time spent in India has an extraordinary effect on one. It acts as a barrier that makes the rest of the world seem unreal.” India has always been a country that attracts many tourists. Its beauties never fail to entertain, from palaces to mountains, India also has something called haunted tourist sites. People from all over the globe come to visit these sites because of the fascinating paranormal activities that are known to take place in those places.
The Bhangarh Fort is one monument that catches my attention. Not, only for the voices, people have heard at night, but also because of the curses that have led to its doom. Bhangarh Fort is located in the Alwar District and was built in 1573 by Raja Bhagwant Singh for his youngest son Madho Singh. The unsolved mysteries has brought many people to make up assumptions and stories of the haunted fort. One of the most popular stories is of the princess Ratnavati and a sorcerer named Singhia. The story suggests that the sorcerer was astounded by Ratnavati’s beauty, but Ratnavati was utterly disgusted by him. He tricked her maid into buying a love potion oil and was enchanted. Princess Ratnavati, was no less, she knew a lot about black magic too and immediately realised the potion, this attempt of his failed too. She poured the potion on the ground which then transformed into a rock and crushed the magician. Before he died, the magician curses the city of Bhangarh to its doom, and as a result, it never witnessed any rebirths. A few months later princess Ratnavati also died in a battle Bhangarh lost with Ajabgarh. Since then, the fort has remained abandoned and the locals who live there have ever since heard strange and eerie noises and seen lights coming from the fort. They have heard screams and the sounds of bangles breaking and even strange music. Even though the story of Bhangarh has been put to rest by the scientists, locals and even tourists have believed in the paranormal activities that take place there. The negativity that they feel and the feeling they have, that someone is following them.
India has experienced and been through a lot of development over the years, but some of its most precious jewels and monuments will always stay. “Waking up in India is like waking up in life itself.”
Featured Image Courtesy – Times of India