I cannot explain that I have the tendency to explore ruins or haunted places which carry some kind of mystery in them. Their histories, their inhabitant, their beliefs, their art, culture, and their life always interest me. Ghost or spooky places hold a charm very different from the ruins of castles and fortresses, mostly because they give us a chance to peep right into the lives of the people who once evacuated them or we thrill to imagine unseen creatures. While we were in Jaisalmer, it was quite natural for us to desire a visit to Kuldhara, the most haunted village in Rajasthan… and so we did.
On the way Kuldhara..
So accordingly we came to be on the road to Kuldhara, about 20 km from Jaisalmer, on January 1st while listening to Salim, our car driver-cum-guide, narrated the story of how Kuldhara came to be evacuated, cursed and haunted. (Salim is a marvellous driver cum guide who never bored you with his very polite & friendly behaviour with his excellent knowledge about Rajasthan). There were few stories popular among the residents of Jaisalmer spooky as well as scientific.
Ruined part of the debris..
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Kuldhara is inhabited by the rich and wealthy community of Paliwal brahmins. Kuldhara is the largest of a cluster of 85 villages that this community is spread out in. According to the legend, the evil eyes of Salim Singh, the powerful and debauched Prime Minister of the state, fell on the daughter of the village head and he desired to marry her by force. He threatened the village with grave consequences if they did not adhere to his wish. The girl’s father refused as he was from a lower caste. The Prime Minister was furious and gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the girl’s father to change his mind or else…
An emergency community council of the Paliwal Brahmins is convened and they arrive at a decision — to leave the area forever immediately to avoid death and dishonour.
And so it came to happen that the residents of Kuldhara and the other 83 villages take what they can with them, bury the rest and leave their villages in the dead of the night, never to return. The people of Kuldhara also leave a curse behind that nobody would ever be able to live in the village ever again, and whoever tried to dig out the wealth would live to regret it.
Time passes. Days turn into weeks, months, years and then decades. A century goes by and then another. The elements take over and decay and ruin set in. The ghosts of those who had been forced to abandon Kuldhara also return to the village after their deaths. After two centuries the local government started work on this abundant village. Few houses are “renovated and restored”, the local temple made somewhat functional, and voilà an abandoned village is all set to welcome visitors, but strictly during daylight hours only.
Another theory has it that a war erupted, forcing the evacuation.
Cursed & Haunted structure of the village..
We were trying to pretend ourselves a ghost in front of other public, who were already scared 😉
If you reach here, you will see that many half-standing buildings or broken houses are still standing there in the rubble. There are stones all over. Some stones of the houses have particular shapes, you can know which stone might have been fitted in which part of the house. It is fascinating that the stones of the houses are still in the same places. people around the villages have not taken them. They believe that the spirits of the people who lived here are still haunting the place hence they don’t pick up anything from here. They also say that no one stays here at night as they can’t because of the spirits.
It appeared to be a well-planned village with straight, wide streets arranged in a grid-like pattern. Some of the houses were double-stored and were perhaps the houses of the village headman and other important people of the village.
Even I have seen the stepwell (ruined) also there which proves that in that time people knew to store water for seasons.
Spooky Step well…
But I also found some mysteries when roaming in the area.
temple without god…
Even though it was cold , the sunray was very bright and it was difficult to stand for long I left that place with believe them to be real!
So would you dare to visit?