India has seen many dynasties rule over it and there are many forts and military structures left behind from these dynasties that are proof of their past splendour. Forts have always been a symbol of might. However, not all forts weave stories of heroism and stoicism.
Many of these forts have a spooky past that tells gruesome or eerie tales. We’ve picked out the most haunted forts in India for those seeking out the supernatural.
Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
Bhangarh fort tops the charts in our list of the haunted forts in India. The fort was built for Princess Ratnavati of Alwar. Legend has it that a Tantrik worshipper by the name of Singhia fell madly in love with the princess and tried to use the dark arts to charm her.
The princess, however, saw through this and ordered him dead. In his last breath, he cursed the princess and the entire court. The haunting of this fort is well known. The Archaeological Society of India has set up warnings that no one is permitted on the premises after sunset.
Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
Golconda Fort was ruled over for the longest time by the Kakatiyas Dynasty. The fort was constructed in the 13th century but has seen various renovations under the whims and fancies of its many rulers.
It is said that the King’s paramour haunts the fort. Her spirit has been seen dancing on what once used to be her stage. There are also reports of other paranormal activities – shooting crews have heard strange voices and lighting going haywire while at this fort.
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort is as intriguing as it is beautiful. The foundation of the fort was laid by Rao Jodha in 1459. In the process of it being built, a hermit who resided on the hilltop was displaced.
To please the hermit, Rao Jodha had a young man by the name of Rajiya Bambi set ablaze – his soul was sacrificed. After this, a series of misfortunes followed Rao and his family and the fort is haunted with these ill feelings.
Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi
Right beside the Jami Masjid lies the ruins of Feroz Shah Kotla. The place is well known among the locals as being the resting grounds of Jinns. Jinns are said to be malevolent spirits, cast out of heaven and cursed to eternally roam the earth.
Jinns are said to prey on unguarded young women and children at night. These spirits are said to have no shape and are invisible to the naked eye. To appease them, the grounds are left with offerings such as milk, grains and fruits.