Stories behind the haunted village of Kuldhara:
The proposal of Salim Singh
As per history, Kuldhara was once upon a time a very prosperous and happy settlement of Paliwal Brahmins. But one day it so happened that a Dewan of the king of Jaisalmer, whose name was Salim Singh, set his eye on the daughter of the village chief . He fell in love with her instantly and said that the he would come to the village the next day and get married to her. He asked the villagers to make all preparations for the wedding and left.
This evil Salim Singh was said to be of a huge built and hailed from a caste that villagers considered lower than them[. No one wanted to get their children married to someone from a lower caste, that too to a person who looked like a devil! The Brahmins then decided to abandon the village. In one night, the Brahmins carried this message to the nearby 83 villages as well. The chief of the village knew that if he refuses to give his daughters hand to the evil minister and flees away with only his family, the minister would kill every Paliwal Brahmin in Kuldhara as well as the nearby villages.
Thus, they decided to abandon all the villages in one night , with bitter hearts and left a curse behind as per which no one will be able to settle here ever. No one knew where so many people disappeared. Since that day the village lies abandoned and over the years it has slowly turned into ruins.
Also, it is strongly believed that no one is able to spend one whole night in this haunted village Kuldhara. Be it the fear of the ghosts coming live at night. Or really an encounter with them. For some reason or the other, no one is able to stay here for the whole night.
Although the story of Salim Singh and Paliwal Brahmins is highly famous, there are other stories of how the village of Kuldhara was abandoned became haunted.
Another popular story says that the king extracted a hefty tax from the Paliwal Brahmins and fearing for their wealth, they decided to flee overnight one fine night .
But they buried their wealth in the village, planning to return some day and take the money with them. However, they never returned due to unknown reasons. and slowly, after having lived their lives as nomads, they passed away, far from their home and their wealth. So, in their afterlives, their spirits returned to their home.
This way, they are living in their home which they loved, but couldn’t live in while they were alive and they are also protecting their wealth as no one could ever settle in that village and no one dares to try to find their wealth.
Scarcity of water
Although the above stories are very popular with the locals, some historians believe that it was the increasing scarcity of water that led to the abandonment of the village and it actually happened slowly, not overnight. As per the logic they put forward, in ancient times, all villages were located near some source of water. So was Kuldhara. There was a river that flowed from near the village. But over the due course of years, it slowly started drying up and the ground water levels also receded significantly. This forced the inhabitants to look for alternate establishment for themselves.
Since it was not possible for them to survive without a proper source of water near their home. Thus, the haunted village Kuldhara is not really haunted, rather a place that slowly turned into an abandoned village due to lack of water.
Some scientists who did some research on the haunted village of Kuldhara put forward a theory. According to them it was a massive earthquake that forced the villagers to move elsewhere. They say that the way the houses collapsed and the roofs went off all the homes strongly suggest that it was the act of a massive earthquake and nothing else. The destruction caused by the earthquake was heavy and hence it was easier for the villagers to take shelter elsewhere and start a new life than to reconstruct everything from the scratch.
The rational minds who don’t believe in the stories of ghosts or supernatural forces can better relate to the theories put forward by scientists and historians.