Paliwal brahmins, who had settled in Jaisalmer and were quite powerful in the locality, were frustrated with his atrocities. Overnight, they left the Kuldhara village. While leaving, they cursed the village, that it would never be inhabited again.
As I walked through the haveli, I heard the guide mention that whoever came into this haveli was enchanted and never wanted to leave. It's easy to imagine how grand this house would have been in its heyday. Without any historical proof, its difficult to figure out what Salam Singh really was as a person- a lover, a warrior, a statesman, a connoisseur of all the finer things in life or a cruel oppressor...Guess we will never really know.
P.S. All pictures clicked by Tushar Shukla and are not meant for commercial use. Artwork and content by Seema Misra.