Known for the tales of royal heritage and ancient architecture, Rajasthan is the epitome of the ‘land of kings and princes’ in India. One of the most prominent tourist destinations in India, Rajasthan is full of intriguing secrets of our regal heritage. The wars, palaces, murders, betrayals and royal secrets have indeed given birth to many ghost stories and haunted towns in Rajasthan. Everyone has heard of the tales of ghosts around the monument of ‘Bhangarh Fort’, right?!
Another such haunted village in between the deserts of Rajasthan is the ‘Village of Kuldhara’ that has lured many ghost enthusiast and hunters from all around the world.
History of the Village
Many years ago, when it was the era of prominent kings, Kuldhara was the home to lakhs of ‘Paliwal Brahmins’. Originally, Paliwal Brahmins were from the Pali region of northern India who later settled in Kuldhara and several other parts of the country. These people were strong worshipers of Lord Vishnu and had even built a shrine in the village to honour the God. Till date, the historic temple exists in between the ruins of the village.
Cursed and abandoned for around 200 years now, this village near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan was once a prosperous and powerful settlement. It was ruled by Salim Singh, the Diwan of Jaisalmer when the wrath of the curse doomed the village. The Diwan was known for his corrupted and exploitative methods of collecting taxes and during the same period of time, he laid his shameless eyes on the beautiful daughter of the village chief.
With the wrong intention of ‘having’ the chief’s daughter, the Diwan threatened to levy heavy taxes on the villagers if they came in the way of his objective.
In order to protect themselves from the outrage of the Diwan, the villagers fled from the village one night, leaving behind their homes and everything else and thus, Kuldhara village was abandoned by its own people. However, before leaving their homes, the villagers cursed the town so that no one would ever be able to reside in the village of Kuldhara again. Hence, it is believed that their spirits have been haunting the people and prohibiting them from re-settling in the village.
One of the most astonishing things about the village is that no one saw those thousands of villagers leave their homes and the resettlement of the Paliwal Brahmins is still unknown to people for generations now.
Finding the Truth!
Recently, a team of investigative researchers traveled to this isolated village to unearth the mystery behind the haunted stories. While these ghost hunters camped in the place during the night, they observed numerous strange incidents in the village including manifestations which couldn’t be explained. Few members claimed to have been touched on the shoulders by an invisible entity.
To everyone’s surprise, not everything about this haunted village is cynical. The architecture of the 100-odd houses in the abandoned village is a major inspiration. The construction of few dwellings in the villages depicts how the residents were way ahead of their time. Lord Vishnu’s historic temple in the village is the perfect example of reminiscent of the intriguing construction skills of the villagers. Some of the houses resemble the structures of the period of Indus Valley Civilization.
The haunted village exists a little over 20 kilometres west to the desert town of Jaisalmer with the houses turned to ruins as opposed to the conditions left by the former residents. With minimal vegetation and scarce human existence, the village today is a heritage site and is maintained by The Archaeological Survey of India.