Thursday, 18 December 2014

A haunted, errie village Kuldhara, Rajasthan, India strange places 14

Kuldhara, entrance to ghost village, Rajasthan, India.
 Once a prosperous village, Kuldhara has now turned into a ghost town with  full of ruins all over, carrying a curse. Though it is not a very popular tourist place, driven by curiosity, a lot of people visit this haunted place. Upon nearing this village, overcome by fear or superstition, visitors  do not want to risk their lives by staying overnight and try to leave  the place  as fast as they can long before sundown.  

Kuldhara, ghost village, Rajasthan, India.the
Haunted, spooky and cursed  places  or buildings are frequently associated with tyranny, torture, suicide, blood shed etc that might have occurred in the past and, obviously they attract the attention of gutsy and highly spirited people. In such cases rumor mills  never fail to work over time and add zest to the spooky story by giving an incredible twist to it. But, in this deserted  village there is  no such tragedy as of now except the curse hanging thick over it.  Such places, whether myth or real, always carry a ting of pathos and pain and we hardly ever leave them  unaffected.  

Kuldhara village is located 18 km (approx) west of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan and can be reached by taxi.
No one lives in Kuldhara, as well as  in its 85 fringe  villages, as they are  believed to have been  cursed by the  Paliwal Brahmin community who lived here in the past.There are some dilapidated houses, temples and dusty roads that are reminiscent of their past comfortable life.

 Kuldhara was once a vibrant and  lively village of  Paliwal Brahmins. It is believed that  the residents of Kuldhara village  refused to give their chieftain's beautiful daughter in  marriage to the local Dewan of Jaisalmar  Salim Singh. The Dewan fell in love with the Brahmin girl and made threats to the brahmin community to whom honor, dignity and self-contented life were more important than the materialistic and  transient life. Since 1300 AD the Brahman community  had
A ruined  building,Kuldhara,ghost village,Rajasthan, India. undiscovereindian treasures.
lived there cultivating water-intensive crops  in a desert area and leading a simple and pious  life dedicated to Lord and meditation.
To avoid being insulted and humiliated by the local ruler, they cursed the place before abandoning Kuldhara  in 1825 on the  day  of Rakshabandhn. They cursed any body who wanted to settle down there or in the near-by villages won't live in peace and would die soon. The  residents of adjoining 85 villages  followed suit left  their homes overnight  for good. That is why many  of the Paliwal Brahmins do not celebrate this festival.Their whereabouts are not known yet, rumor has it that they are now living in Jodhpur.