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Gopinath Temple
Gopinath Temple
Bhangarh is located in Rajasthan
Bhangarh is located in India
Location in Rajasthan, India
Coordinates: 27°05′41″N 76°17′26″E / 27.094701°N 76.290604°E / 27.094701; 76.290604Coordinates: 27°05′41″N 76°17′26″E / 27.094701°N 76.290604°E / 27.094701; 76.290604
Country  India
State Rajasthan
District Alwar
Elevation 380 m (1,250 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 1,250
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration N/A
Nearest city Dausa
Sex ratio 677 / 629[1] /
Lok Sabha constituency Jaipur
Vidhan Sabha constituency Alwar Gramin
Climate Tropical (Köppen)

Bhangarh (Hindi: भानगढ़) is a village in India that is famous for its historical ruins. It is in the Rajgarh municipality of the Alwar district in the state of Rajasthan.[1] Bhangarh is at the edge of the Sariska Tiger Reserve.[1]

Bhangarh is a place between Jaipur and Delhi known for its ruins. Bhangarh is also a pre-historic site. The most remarkable of its buildings are the Hindu Mandir of Gopinath, Shiv (Someshwar), Hanuman, Ganesh, Vishal Devta, Lavina Devi and Keshav Rai. Other buildings include shops along the main road, several havelis, a mosque, and a palace.[2] The palace was protected by two inner fortifications across the valley. The town is separated from the plain by ramparts with five gates.

The town was established in 1573 (VS 1631) during the rule of kaccwaha Rajput ruler of jaipur Bhagwant Das as the residence of his second son Madho Singh ( not Sawai Madho Singh, who ruled at Jaipur.), the younger brother of Emperor Akbar’s general, Man Singh I. Madho Singh participated in many campaigns with his father and brother. The next ruler of Bhangarh was his son Chhatra Singh[3] after whose death in 1630, Bhangarh slowly declined. When the Mughal Empire became weaker after the death of Aurangzeb, Jai Singh II attached Bhangarh to his state by force in 1720. After this Bhangarh diminished in population, and since the famine of 1783 (VS 1840) the town has remained uninhabited.[4]

Entry to Bhangarh is legally prohibited between sunset and sunrise. A signboard posted by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India), which is a Government of India organization, specifies the instructions. While the board is written in Hindi, the instructions on it roughly translate into: "Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited. Legal action would be taken against anybody who does not follow these instructions". Some other rules are there according to which no one is allowed to graze their animals after sunset.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c "View Population". Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. 
  2. ^ Rajputana (1880). The Rajputana gazetteers. p. 196. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Mandava, Devisinh (2001) Kachhvahon ka itihas. Jodhpur (in Hindi)
  4. ^ Powlett, Percy William (1878) Gazetteer of Ulwur. London: Trübner & co., Ludgate Hill.
  5. ^ "Mystery behind India's most Haunted Place, Bhangarh!". BuddyBits. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 

Further reading[edit]

Mandava, Devisinh (2001) Kachhvahon ka itihas. Jodhpur (in Hindi)

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