I have chronicled my visit to Bhangarh Fort in my previous post The Haunted Bhangarh Fort Experience. Bhangarh Fort is considered the most haunted place in India.
Me: What are you doing? (to the man)
Man: Just sitting here and watching the buffaloes graze
Me: Do you visit this place to collect the wood? (There was an axe placed next to him)
Man: (Looked perplexed) hmm
There are restrictions on cutting trees and therefore people are generally discreet about cutting trees. As per the Indian Forest Act cutting of trees is a punishable offense. Villagers being poor rely on forest wood to fire their ovens to prepare food.
Me: What’s your name?
Man: Prahalad Bairwa
(Bairwa community is famed for masonry work )
Me: Do you live close by?
Me: Are you a resident of Gola Ka Bas village?
Nearest village from Bhangarh Fort is Gola Ka Bas.
The Lady who was sitting closely interrupted.
Woman: But I’m Maali (meaning she was from a different caste than the man)
(Maali is a community engaged in gardening)
Me: So you come here every day?
Me: You bring the buffaloes for grazing? (pointing towards buffaloes grazing around)
Me: How many buffaloes you own?
Me: Have you ever seen ghosts around here?
She pointed her finger towards the Bhangarh palace ruins located further inside the complex but didn’t comment. I have no clue as to why she didn’t commit. Maybe she didn’t want to talk about it or maybe she was not sure about the existence of Ghosts. Yet another theory is that maybe she has had some frightful experience in Bhangarh Fort. We can only guess!
She pulled out another chillum and started smoking, I understood its time to leave!
Village people are quite content and happy even in adverse situations. They are God-fearing and follow religious & social rituals which often drain their financial resources. They are quite simple and accepts the situations as their destiny!
So the question of ghosts at Bhangarh Fort is still open with no conclusive answers. Many people claim to have seen or experienced paranormal activities in Bhangarh Fort but the reality is that most of them are bluff and there is no substantial evidence to back-up. Do you have any experience to share? If you are planning to visit Bhangarh Fort don’t forget to read Bhangarh Fort Guide