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This Village in Rajasthan Has a Tale to Tell

20 kilometres to the west of the desert town of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, lies Kuldhara

India, April 29 (Uitv) - Kuldhara is an abandoned village in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, India. Established around 13th century, it was once a prosperous village inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins.

It was abandoned by the early 19th century for unknown reasons, possibly because of dwindling water supply, or as a local legend claims, because of persecution by the Jaisalmer State’s's minister Salim Singh.

The former village site is located about 18 km south-west of the Jaisalmer city. The village was located on a 861 m x 261 m rectangular site aligned in the north-south direction.

The township was centered around a temple of the mother goddess. It had three longitudnal roads, which were cut through by a number of latitudnal narrow lanes.

The remains of a city wall can be seen on the north and the south sides of the site. The eastern side of the town faces the dry-river bed of the small Kakni river.

Why is a once prosperous village now nothing but an abandoned old site?

 

The residents of the village were Vaishnavites. The main temple of the village had sculptures of Vishnu and Mahishasura Mardini.

The local legend claims that while deserting the village, the Paliwals imposed a curse that no one would be able to re-occupy the village.

Those who tried to re-populate the village experienced paranormal activities, and therefore, the village remains uninhabited.

Kuldhara is a desolate place with a forlorn look and bring sadness to the heart when one thinks of those unfortunate people who were forced to leave the land of their forefathers.

However, the place doesn't seem to be spooky for any reason other than the legends themselves, and for our own perception based on those stories.

 

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