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Kuldhara – An Abandoned Village of Paliwal Brahmins

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May 3, 2013

Mystery and the fear of the unknown have always stirred and intensified our curiosity to know more about such topics. This is the reason why ghost towns or haunted places are one of the most visited tourist places in India, irrespective of the associated fear. Haunted places are mostly abandoned and cursed, or places that have witnessed tyranny and blood in the past.

Rajasthan displays a picture of mystifying desert kingdom with many glorious forts, palaces and villages. Apart from this, Rajasthan has a marvellous history, culture, and legacy. This state has many renowned tourist places. But one more thing can be added to Rajasthan; its various abandoned and haunted places, palaces and villages. One such place worth mentioning is the village of Kuldhara. This village is located 18 km (approx) west of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

No one lives in Kuldhara, as well as its adjoining 85 villages, as these are believed to be cursed. Kuldhara was once a very lively village of the Paliwal Brahmins. It is believed that all the residents of Kuldhara village, as well as residents of adjoining 85 villages abandoned their homes overnight in 1825. The ancestors of these villagers had been residing in these villages since 1300. It is believed that they left on the day of Rakshabandhn and that is why some of the Pali Brahmins do not celebrate this festival. There is no clue to where the residents went, but some believe that they had gone to a place near Jodhpur.

The Paliwals were skilled farmers and were a very knowledgeable community. They knew the technique of cultivating water intensive crops like wheat in a desert. They were well settled in those villages. But, the question remains, why did they abandon their homes and that too overnight? This mass migration has a story behind it and according to the story, there lived a Diwan of Jaisalmer, Salim Singh, who fell in love with the daughter of the village’s chieftain, as she was extremely beautiful. He wanted to marry the girl and threatened the villagers with heavy taxes if he wasn’t allowed to marry her. Self respect and honor were above all materialistic belongings at that time and to protect these, the chief’s of all the 84 villages decided to leave the place. They took away what they could carry and left behind a curse -that any person who attempted to settle down in the village would die. Hence no one dared to live in those villages and so Kuldhara village is also known as the Ghost Village.

The first look of the village is very haunting and sad with ruins all over. On reaching this village, you will be welcomed by a sand stone gate built just before the village was abandoned. Once in the village Kuldhara, you will feel as if you have stepped into an entirely different world. Wide dusty roads and sand stone houses on either side of roads depict the architectural marvel of the Paliwal Brahmins. Few houses have been restored and these restored houses display courtyards, kitchen, along with other rooms. The Kuldhara village also has temples.

Once a prospered village, Kuldhara has now turned into a place full of ruins all over, carrying a curse. Though it is not a very popular tourist place but, travel enthusiasts love to  visit Kuldhara. To reach Kuldhara you can hire a taxi from Jaisalmer.

Related Information :
Places to Visit in Jaipur
Places to visit in Jaisalmer
Places to visit in Jodhpur

 

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Comments (16) :
  1. Intresting.

  2. Surendra sharma

    Amazing story about kuldhara.i never forget it and also visit there.thanx

    • Rajendra arora

      Hey if you have visited there then have you noticed something about this place, some noises, about spirits there, etc? Beacause I am thinking about going there?

      • Hi pranav. There is nothing like noise or ghost there. I have visited there thrise even at night with my friend to listen the noise. I went to the under ground room also but nothing found more than the folk of bats and a camel cart other than abanduned stone houses. But it is realy and the matter of research.

  3. I don’t believe in such stories.
    If i was rich and had money then i would have bought that place.

  4. Hi Ramandeep, are these the same Paliwal brahmins that are found today in Uttarakhand?

  5. Hi Prannay Most of the inhabitants of Pali were called Paliwals. Some other groups from Uttarakhand also use this surname. But whether they are the same Paliwal brahmins is not clear. For further information you can also read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paliwal

    • all they family lived in rajsthan,mp,up,maharatra & i m also a memeber of this community……………
      I proud of my self & my older history

  6. Recently I was visited at kuldhara village.
    I felt it was nice place.Awesome feelings.It was such a haunted place.

  7. dear mam,

    is there any ghost or no ? but in realty they all alive in own world there is no mutual relation and direct contact with our world , so existence of ghost its not in the universe , so forget this and pray only hanuman name

  8. Ghost is fear to radiation and technology.i was do it

  9. I want to go there. Kuldhara. I am waiting for the day when i will go there.

  10. Hey…gys……i m going to all haunted place of India………wth my lovng frnds…….i want to enjoying all these place…….wow

  11. this is not a place of ghost,

    this is a place of sacrificed & unity

  12. I am proud of being Paliwal because i belong to Kuldhara and it wrong informatin ghost are livling in kudhara . mother never allow ill element in her house then how is possible that kudhara mother land paliwal will alow .

  13. Opened d link at kuldhara itself…. after knowing d history of d place things wer seen with a different and interesting view….helped a lott…!!

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