Thursday, 5 April 2012

Kuldhara: An Abandoned & Cursed Village of Rajasthan

Kuldhara story is one of the weirdest and inspiring stories I’ve ever heard. About 15 Km. west of Jaisalmer a city in western Rajasthan lies the ruins of a village which was called Kuldhara. The first sight of Kuldhara village, more a town actually, sends one imagination running to the time it may have been inhabited. A well planned settlement, the straight and wide streets ran in grids with houses opening into them. All design elements kept both aesthetics and utility in mind. A kind of a garage opened into the streets to park carts in. Temples, step wells and other structures were all signs of sound development over the centuries. 
  
Kuldhara Village

Kuldhara Entrance
 Kuldhara was the name of the largest village in this community consisting of 84 villages.  The village was established in 1291 by the Paliwal Brahmins and was a rather prosperous community due to their ability to grow bumper crops in the rather arid desert.  Paliwal bhramins were a very prosperous clan and were known for their business acumen and agricultural knowledge. But one night in 1825 all the people in Kuldhara and nearby 83 villages vanished in dark. Why did the villagers decide to leave their settlement after having lived there for more that 7 centuries.

Ruins of Kuldhara (Image courtesy)
Temple at Khuldhara (Image Courtesy)


The evil dewan or the minister in the ruling kingdom saw the young daughter of the village chief. He wanted to marry her and forced the village chief for marrying his daughter. He gave them a deadline for the marriage after which he would forcefully enter the village and take their daughter. All the chiefs of 84 villages met one night and for pride and honor decided to leave the villages in the dark of the night.



Umbrella @Khuldhara (Image Courtesy)


Cursed Village of Rajasthan (Image Courtesy)



Nobody knows where they went but it is believed that they settled near Jodhpur another city in western Rajasthan. Though nobody knows exactly how they did it, everybody in all of the 84 villages completely disappeared that very night.  Nobody saw them leave or figured out where they went – they simply vanished.  It is believed that they cast a curse over the village as they departed that would bring death to anyone who tried to inhabit the land.  It is likely that this is the reason why so much of the ancient village still remains (though mostly in rubble, but not stripped for materials). The crumbling brick structures span out towards all directions and a ghostly silence is all that lives on there. There are still some double storeyed houses that are intact and the awestruck tourist can well visualise how life went on in Kuldhara, ages ago.
Today the ruins of these villages can still be seen in western Rajasthan and are now tourist sites. The government today maintains the ruins as a heritage site. A walk through the village is akin to wandering onto the sets of a ghost movie. Only, this one is for real. Any one who is planning a visit to Jaisalmer should keep aside a few hours to catch this haunted setting in the eerie desert backdrop. Recently, Saif Ali Khan’s  “Agent Vinod” was shot  in this ancient village.


Getting there: Jaisalmer is well connected by air (Jodhpur, 285km is the nearest airport), rail  (regular trains from North and West) and by road. Kuldhara is 18kms towards the west and can be accessed by a cab from Jaisalmer.

20 comments:

  1. Pretty interesting place!

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  2. Awesome clicks, especially the first one...would suggest using a better camera. Really nice :)

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  3. This is very interesting, I am glad you posted these...

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  4. @vineeth: Thanks for the comment. I am trying to get a better camera for my next travel :)
    @Siddhartha: Thanks Siddhartha

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  5. @Sushma: Thanks for the comment!!

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  6. That's a very interesting post .The pictures are great and the architecture impressive. It's wonderful that you post about not so well known villages in India . I also liked the post about the village kodinhi in Kerala.. Keep up the good work !

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  7. @elixir_of_life: Thanks for your sweet words!!!

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  8. Nicely written.Interesting story...I like the first and the umbrella snaps..

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  9. no body can take a pics of Devi Kuldhara... next time if possible take pics of DEVI also......

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  10. if possible take a pics of DEVI Kuldara Also.....

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  11. I really appreciate your post! because for posting unexplored place. I will visit here more often and look forward to your new place! Thanks for sharing. All snaps are fantastic. See more information about How to Reach Kuldhara . Happy Hop Around India.....

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  12. incredible india????????????????????????????????????????????????

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  13. Nice post,when I go to visit India,i'll definatly visit this place.

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  14. this is interesting ..............

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  15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqsD7Z2zlIU
    this is link of agent vinod this video

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