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Old Banyan Tree Situated At The Ancient Site Of The Bhangarh Fort

Old Banyan Tree Situated At The Ancient Site Of The Bhangarh Fort

Alwar District, Rajasthan, INDIA
The Bhangarh Fort is home to many legends and is said to be the most haunted site in India. Find out the stories behind these allegations.

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The Bhangarh Fort Ruins
Old Banyan Tree Situated At The Ancient Site Of The Bhangarh Fort

The Bhangarh Fort was built in the 17th century by Raja Bhagwant Das, the Kacchwaha ruler of Amber, for his younger son, Madho Singh.

Though today the fort is mostly in ruins, one can still find mansions from the past, dancer’s chambers known as Nachni ki Haveli, as well as some marketplaces surrounding the main building.

The remaining three stories of the Bhangarh Fort are decorated with stunning pillars, ancient carvings, and more. Today visitors flock to the ruins of the old fort. Some for the beauty of what remains, others for the thrills the fort may hold.

One Of The Most Haunted Places In India

The Bhangarh Fort is said to be the most haunted place in India, perhaps even Asia. Many fatal accidents have happened at the site, as well as some disappearances, mostly among tourists.

The cases became so many that the Archaeological Survey of India prohibited visiting the site after sunset or before sunrise. A sign outside the premises states that it is illegal to be there at night, however there are still some that take the chance.

The rumours of the hauntings stem from two main legends.

The first is known as a Tantrik’s Curse.
The story is that once there was a beautiful Princess in Bhangarh, Princess Ratnavati. Some called her the Jewel of Rajasthan, for her beauty as well as her presence. She was much loved and had many marriage proposals.

A Tantrik Priest was so captivated by her beauty that he decided to use black magic to create a love potion. He would give this potion to one of Ratnavati’s mistresses as an oil for the princess. However Ratnavati knew that the oil was not oil and threw the bottle against a large boulder.

The boulder came loose, rolling down the hill it crushed the priest. With his dying breaths he put a curse on the princess, her family, and the people. A year after this, a war broke out between Ajabgarh and Bhangarh in which Ratnavati and many of the army people died.

After this war no children were born in Bhangarh again, and so the village people died or left and the Fort became abandoned.

The second legend concerns a Sadhu, namely Guru Balu Nath.
It is said that he lived on the hill on which the Bhangarh Fort was built. His condition for allowing the fort to be built there was that no shadow should be cast over his house.

Most honoured his condition, however Ajab Singh decided that he would not. He added columns to the Bhangarh Fort, which on completion overshadowed the Sadhu’s house. Angry at this, Balu Nath cursed the fort and the villages in the area as well.

The locals have many newer rumours about the causes of the hauntings and disappearances, however these two are the most prevalent.

The Banyan Tree

Shown in the photograph is an old Banyan Tree located in the Bhangarh Fort ruins. Banyan trees are part of the mulberry family found on the Indian subcontinent.

These trees can grow up to 30 metres tall and their width is indefinite. This is the cause of their ability to grow roots from their descending branches, known as aerial roots.

Once these aerial roots touch the ground they grow into new trunks of the same tree. This is also why they are able to become interlaced, creating intricate and unique shapes to each tree.

The banyan tree at the Bhangarh Fort was photographed by MB Steyn.

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