I love anything and everything paranormal and I am always intrigued by things that cannot be explained rationally. However I never got the opportunity to travel to a supposedly “haunted site” until last month when things took a turn towards eerie.
Well, not exactly eerie, I am just trying to get some attention here but I am sure you will agree with me that getting to visit the most haunted village of India is quite an “achievement.” To be very honest, when I and Sarmistha were travelling towards our desert camp we never actually had any idea that this village is just on the outskirts of Jaisalmer. It was only when we spotted a milestone that said “Kuldhara 7 KM.” did we realize, or I should say, I realized that my time has come to experience spookiness first hand. Sarmistha was surely apprehensive from the outset but I bravely stood my ground and made it clear that this is a chance that I will never let go off.
Here is a little bit of history on the village itself and the legend associated with it..Around 200 years ago the village was inhabited by a local Brahmin (high caste) community called the Paliwals and everything was going all right when one day the beautiful daughter of the village headman became the subject of attention of a very corrupt minister from the King’s court. The minister wanted to marry the girl but she wasn’t interested at all nor were the villagers because the reputation of the minister preceded him. It is said that the villagers were threatened by the minister of grave consequences if his wishes are not met but instead of subjecting to his wishes the villagers decided to vacate the village, and that too within a night. Legend has it that before leaving, the villagers cursed the village that from that day onward nobody will be able to live there ever. Since that time, it has remained abandoned and locals say that whenever someone tried to live in that village strange things happened with them and they were forced to leave.
Ok, enough history for now but it really builds my plot and the excitement. Sarmistha will have to agree now that this is a place that we could not have missed, especially when we were this close to it.
As we turned towards Kuldhara from the main road a weird kind of desolation engulfed us. The weather was sunny, we were on a holiday but once within the confines of the village, it was weirdly very depressing.
Another strange thing that I noticed was that my car radio completely went blank. There was absolutely nothing, not even a cracking transmission while the village is actually very near to the Jaisalmer town. The other day when we were doing the desert safari we even got transmission in the middle of the desert, a spot way more desolate than the village. The village itself was in ruins but the house of the village headman was prim and proper. It was actually restored by the government so that visitors could get a glimpse of the way-of-life from those long gone days. There are guards at the entrance of the village and they don’t allow anybody to stay within the precincts after dark. It seems nobody wants to take any chance. There were not many people around in the village and we took a nice walk around to get a feel of the environment. While we did not notice anything paranormal per say but we came back with a weird uneasiness that stayed with us for a while. Perhaps it was the realization that the wonderful trip was about to end and Monday was just round the corner…