Kuldhara, located 17 kilometres west of Jaisalmer, has a fascinating history. It was formerly an affluent Paliwal Brahmin village in the state of Jaisalmer, some 300 years ago. According to many, Salim Singh, the state’s ruthless and powerful Head, had eyes for the daughter of the village chief and desired to marry her forcibly. If the town would not follow his will, he threatened them with dire repercussions.
The Paliwals gathered a council instead of adhering to the tyrant’s orders. Residents from 85 villages deserted their ancestral homes and vanished. They also cursed Kuldhara before leaving, claiming that no one would ever be permitted to live in their village again.
The settlement has remained desolate to this day, practically exactly as its residents abandoned it centuries ago. It is also reported that strange paranormal events scared away people who tried to stay there at night.
Another, more reasonable explanation is that Salim Singh increased taxes to the point that the local people could no longer exist in the hamlet and opted to relocate to greener pastures. People, on the other hand, like the first story: after all, who doesn’t like a little romance and intrigue in their stories?
Kuldhara is a desolate, lonely region that makes one’s heart hurt when they consider the poor people who were made to flee their native land. Kuldhara today is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India as a heritage site.
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