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Located between Jaipur and Alwar in Rajasthan, Bhangarh is India’s very own ghost town. Known as one of the most haunted places in the country, it is famous for its historical ruins. It is definitely worth a visit for its temples, havelis and a palace. However, be sure to finish all your sightseeing during the day as the spooky place is strictly out of bounds at night.
A signboard displayed by ASI, a Government of India organization clearly states 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. All this talk about the supernatural has resulted in making it one of the popular tourist destinations today.
It is believed that the city of Bhangarh was cursed by the Guru Balu Nath, which led to the town’s evacuation. He sanctioned the establishment of the town but with one clause, saying, The moment the shadows of your palaces touch me, the city shall be no more! Ignorant of such a threat, a descendant raised the palace to such a height that it cast a shadow Balu Nath’s forbidden retreat and thus the town was cursed as predicted. The small Samadhi where Balu Nath is said to lie buried is still there.
According to another legend, the beauty and charisma of the Princess of Bhangarh Ratnavati, was incomparable to anyone in all of Rajasthan. As soon as she turned eighteen, she started getting matrimonial offers from other regions. In the same region lived a tantrik, a magician well versed in the occult, named Singhia. He was madly in love with the princess knowing that nothing could ever come of it. One day when he saw the princess’ maid in the market buying scented oil for her, he thought that this was his chance. He used his black magic on the oil which would hypnotize the princess by her merely touching the oil and would surrender herself and run to him.
His plan did not work out as the princess had seen the tantric enchanting the oil and thus poured it on the ground. It touched a stone, which started rolling towards the tantrik and crushed him. Dying, Singhia cursed the palace with the death of all who dwelt in it, without any rebirth in their destinies. The next year there was a battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh in which Princess Ratnavati lost her life.
The grounds of Bhangarh are enclosed by a partially ruined wall. The beautifully carved temples Gopinath, Shiva, Mangla Devi and Keshava Rai are definitely worth a visit. There’s also the dancer’s haveli. The most mysterious building of all is the chhatri that stands atop the hill, which is believed to have been inhabited by the tantrik.
The town continues to draw visitors many of whom claim to have heard sounds of music and tinkling of anklets. Some even swear they have heard spine-chilling screams. Whether its fact or myth, you decide.
(contributed by : SN on 12.09.2012)
Lady on telephone:
Hello Sir, I want to meet & talk to you. You are the father of one of my kids.
Oh my God!
Are u Manisha?
Lady in confusion…
No sir, I am the class teacher of your son.. .
(contributed by : Amr on 12.09.2012)Lady on telephone: Hello Sir, I want to meet & talk to you. You are the father of one of my kids. Man stunned, Oh my God! Are u Manisha? No Disha? No Maitri? No Anushka? No Mitali? No Vaishali? No Vijita? No Lady in confusion… No sir, I am the class teacher of your son.. . (contributed by : Amr on 12.09.2012)
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(contributed by : Mohan Rao on 27.02.2012)
- A hero is to brave an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. A humble man is like a good tree – the more full of fruit the branches are the more they bend down.
- A problem well stated is a problem half solved. Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live.
- An opportunist is man who, finding himself is hot water, decides to take a bath. An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out? (Many an optimist has become rich simply by buying out a pessimist.)
- As long as i have a want, i have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death. Ask advice of your equals, help of your superiors.
- Bad monay drives out good money out of circulation. Be brave, be brave, man dies but once.
- Between optimist and pessimist the difference is droll. The Optimist sees the doughnut the pessimist sees the hole. Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan.
- Choose time to save. To create a little flower is the labour of ages.
- Do something for the benefit of others without any selfish motive, work is worship. You won’t win, if you don’t begin.
- Fame is but the breath of the people, and that often unwholsome. Good manners are the techniques of expressing consideration for the feelings of others.
- Fortune makes a fool of him whom she favours too much. from the errors of others a wise man corrects his own.
- Great mind must be ready not only to take the opportunities, but else to make them. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.
- Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Lost time is never found again.
- He who commences many things finishes but few. He who would climb the ladder must begin at at he bottom.
- Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic. How doth the little bee, improve each shining hour. And gather honey all the day from every opening flower.
- Hope is the most treacherous of human fancies. Ignorance and absence of discipline are the cause of man’s troubles.
- I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. If you want to get along, go along.
- I like work, it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours, i love to keep it by me, the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart. If you do not want to work you should not eat too.
- If you are already on the top be careful the place is very slippery. All ambitions are good except those which climb upward on the miseries of the humankind.
- If you want milk you should not sit yourself on a stool in the middle of a field in the hope that the cow will be coming to you.
- If you wish to reach the highest begin at the lowest. If you want to create something, you must be something.
- Keep your fears to yourself; share your courage with others. Know the true Value of time; snatc, seice and enjoy every moment of it. No, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Most men fail, not through lack of education, but from lack of dogged determination, from lack of dauntless will. No great man lived in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
- No one reaches a high position without daring. Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm. It moves stones, it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victory without it.
- No pain, no palm; no thorns, no glory; no cross, no crown. No sweet, no sweet.
- Not failure, but low aim, is crime. Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
- Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one time.
- Our mind is like a garden which can either be intelligently cultivated or be allowed to run wild.
- Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes. People should think out and not accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.
- Pennies do nit come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.
- People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most significant success is achieved.
- Perseverance is not a long race; it comprises many short races one after another.
- Plant your words where profit lies: Whiter cloth takes faster dyes.
- Politeness goes far, yet costs nothing. Poverty and wealth, both are sins.
- Poverty is not a shame but being ashamed of it is.
- Pray the success will not come any faster than you are able to endure. When you start crowing you stop growing.
- Prayer needs no speech. Prayers and provender hinder no man’s journey.
- Pride ruined the angels. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
- Progress is the law of life man is not man as yet. Prosperity can change man’s nature, it is difficult to resist the effects of good fortune.
- Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind. Privation trains and strengthens it. Prosperity makes friends and adversity tries them.
- Remember that great achievements involve great risks. Remember, no one make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable and others extremely difficult.
- Smile is little, Help a little, Push a little, The world needs you.
- Success depends on previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. Success is often the result of taking a wrong in the right direction.
- Success is a public affair, failure is a private funeral. Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.
- Success is the realization of the estimate you place upon yourself. Success really brings satisfaction.
- Successful action tends to become an end in itself. Take care of the minutes: for hours will take care of themselves.
- The hardest things to handle in life are failure and success. The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to obstruct them.
- The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it, so thin that we are often on the line and do not know it. The man who makes no mistake does not usually make anything.
- The only place where success comes before work is the dictionary. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.
- The past, the present and the future are really one – they are today. The percentage of error will multiply the longer you deliberate.
- The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun dissipated. When they are concentrated, they illuminate. The secret of success is constancy is purpose.
- The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
- There are Painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks, to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
- There are people who will always come up with reasons why you can’t do what you want to do. Ignore them and forget them. There is no defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea.
- There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
- There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. There is no success without hardship.
- There never was such beauty as in you. Nature made you. and then broke the mould. To achieve great things we must live as through we were never going to die.
- Think of the world as a hill, and mark where the millions stop. There’s always a crown at the bottom, Push on – there’s always plenty of room at the top.
- Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
- Those in this world who have the courage to try and solve new problems of life are the ones who raise society to greatness. Those who merely live according to rule do not advance society, they carry it along.
- Those who hesitate have lost the chance. Throughout my life i have gained more from my critic friends than from my admires.
- Troubles in the journey of life are like the hills which alarm travelers on the road. Both appear great at a distance, but when we approach them we find they are far less insurmountable then we had conceived.
- What is the recipe for successful achievements? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients. Choose a career you love. Give it the best there in you seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.
- When all else is lost, the future still remains. When you are sure it’s good enough. Try to improve it.
- Where the river is deepest it makes least noise. Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, then what one can do.
- Who dares nothing, needs hope for nothing. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.
- Work a little, Wait a little, Hope a little, And don’t get blue.
(ecerpts from Book Achievements by Jain)A hero is to brave an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. A humble man is like a good tree – the more full of fruit the branches are the more they bend down. A problem well stated is a problem half solved. Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has ...
This undated 20th-century map, published in Pune (formerly Poona), India, shows place names in India associated with the Mahābhārāta, one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India (the other being the Ramayana). The title of the map is in Marathi; the place names are in Sanskrit. Mahābhārata can be translated as “the great tale of the Bharata Dynasty.” Most likely composed between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D., this enormously long epic recounts the story of the dynastic struggle and civil war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas in the Kingdom of Kurukshetra that took place in about the ninth century B.C.
In my travels on the web, I found an excellent map of Greater Bharat(India) from the time of the Mahabharata. It shows, in detail, the name of the various cities/towns/settlements and mountain ranges and kingdoms from way, way back. The map itself claims that the period is around the 6th century BC, but the historical accuracy might be questionable. Suffice it to say that this map will help you understand where the different kingdoms and places mentioned in the Mahabharata were located.
Map of India in the age of Ramayana
Map of India in the age of Mahabharata
(contributed by: Chetan Bhatt on 23.12.2012)