It was built in 1613 by Madho Singh, son of the Mughal general, Man Singh of Amber. Legend has it that the city was cursed by Guru Balu Nath, a hermit who had warned the rulers that the shadow of Bhangarh Palace should not reach his retreat. But Ajab Singh, Madho Singh’s grandson, disregarded this warning and built the palace higher. Once the palace’s shadow covered Balu Nath’s forbidden den, the hermit cursed the palace. Some say the entire town was destroyed overnight, and whenever a house is built here, the roof collapses. Locals also say that all those who have lingered here after dark were never heard from again.