Kuldhara is a village so isolated and nestled with broken and damaged houses in the Jaisalmer District of Rajasthan. The place appears haunted even from the first glimpse of it. Apart from the dust and destroyed houses, you hardly find a living creature here. It is believed that Kuldhara, Jaisalmer was once was a very wealthy and developed area, with Paliwal Brahmins living in this village. According to a popular folklore, about 400 years ago, when this place was under the reign of Maharaja Jaiswal Singh, the prime minister of his kingdom named Salim Singh, had his lusty eyes on the ladies of Paliwal Brahmins. Salim Singh also used to burden the Brahmins with extra taxes on their businesses. One fine day, Salim Singh publically expressed his intentions to marry a little Brahmin girl (just 9 years old that time).
The Paliwal Brahmins could not accept this proposal because the minister belonged to a lower caste. But also, they could not oppose and fight him as he was an Officer of the kingdom. It is believed that the Salim Singh gave the Brahmins an ultimatum of 10 days to get their girl married to him or he would forcefully do so. Concerned on this, the a number of other Paliwal Brahmins from surrounding 83 villages also gathered at Kuldhara and it is believed that all those 250,000 (approx.) Paliwal Brahmins left the Kuldhara in just one single night and were never traced again and never did they come back. Since then, this village has seen numerous sudden deaths of its inhabitants and today this village stands as a completely destroyed and ruined place.
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