Which of these villages is said to be haunted and was abandoned by the villagers in the 19th century?
- Khimsar village
- Khuri village
- Kuldhara village
Kuldhara village, once home to the Paliwal Brahmins, was abandoned by them in the 19th century, and is said to be haunted since then. According to the popular folklore, Salim Singh, the Diwan of Jaisalmer at that time had set his eyes on the daughter of the village head and wanted to forcefully marry her. The entire village fled on the night of Raksha Bandhan fearing the wrath of the Divan.
The village is said to carry a curse of the villagers who had to abandon the village after living there for over 7 centuries. The Paliwal community still doesn’t celebrate Raksha Bandhan because of this incident.
A study done in 2017 by a four-member team of geologists debunks the folklore and suggests that the village was abandoned due to an earthquake that flattened 84 villages due to poor construction techniques.
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