Kiradu is one of the least known places to visit in India. Does it have ghosts?What is the story of this haunted place?Why is it forbidden to stay here after dark?
I have been writing stories around the haunted destinations of India for the last few years.The idea is not to frighten my traveller friends but to encourage them to visit these places so that the local economy picks up. There are so many offbeat destinations in India that many of us hardly know about.And, almost all of these places have some weird and unlikely stories around them and I do not know how many of them are true. But, they do interest all of us, isn’t it?Otherwise, you would not be reading this fascinating post.
History of Kiradu
Kiradu is a village located between the two towns of Barmer and Jaisalmer in the state of Rajasthan. If you want to travel to Kiradu, you will have to take a taxi or a car to reach here.
More than a thousand years ago, Kiradu had a Sanskrit name, Kiradkot The word “Kirad” denotes the clan of Rajputs that used to live in this place and “Kot”means town or city. So, Kiradu was the city of Kirad Rajputs. Nowadays, it is a devastated village and has acquired the reputation of a haunted place.
The Kirad Rajputs were the vassals of the Chalukya or Solanki Rajputs. The word “Rajput” refers to the fighting arm of the Indian society. This arm used to defend the society against the foreign invaders.The Chalukyas are the guys who have made the world famous Somnath temple in Gujarat.
But, the Kirad Rajputs built an equally superb set of temples in Rajasthan.And, these came up in Kiradu.
What is the story of “Haunted Kiradu”?
The temples here are devastated. There are three theories behind this.
The first theory says that several thousands of years ago, there lived a holy man in the village with his disciples. One day, he decided to take a tour in the surrounding country. He called the villagers to his hut and shared his plans. “I am leaving my disciples to you, my dear people, and please take good care of them,” he requested them. The villagers agreed and so, the holy man left on his tour.
But, the villagers ignored the holy man’s request, His disciples were left to their fate by the villagers and unfortunately, some of them died. It was a terrible time for them and all of them would have died but for the help provided by a local woman.She took good care of them but, her effort was not enough to save all of them.
A few months later when the holy man returned, he was stunned at seeing the condition of his people. Angered over the conduct of the villagers, the holy man cursed them and cast a spell over the village. But, he also felt a sense of piety for the friendly, helpful woman and so , he advised her to leave the village. “Leave the village but make sure to not turn your head back while leaving”, he advised to the woman.
The lady , heeding the advice of the holy man, left the village but, was quickly tempted to have one last look at the village where she had grew up.
But, as she turned back to have one last look at the village, she turned to stone!
Her stone statue is still present in the village , though, it is forbidden to take its photograph.
I am sure after reading this short story, you will be tempted to visit this haunted village. But, dear friends, please do not stay back in the village after dusk. This advice is given to the travellers by the locals.If you stay back then you may turn to stone!
The second theory behind the devastation of the village says that an earthquake visited this village.
The last theory says that the ruin of the village was caused by the Muslim armies that had invaded Rajasthan in the past.
This place has even allured the BBC to visit this place and record its history; http://www.bbc.com/news/live/magazine-32969581
Wikipedia has this to say about Kiradu;https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiradu_temples
Dear readers,I have written a post on the haunted place of Bhuli Bhatiyari in Delhi. You may read it here;http://www.indiatraveltip.com/the-most-haunted-place-in-delhi/
Khajuraho of Rajasthan
The Kiradu temples have got a lot of erotic art on their walls. I am always wonderstruck at this phenomenon.Why is there so much of eroticism here when the temples have been devoted to Lord Vishnu and Shiva? Would you have any answers?
By the way, I had written a post on the world famous temples of Khajuraho, You can read this here.
How to reach Kiradu
Kiradu can be reached from Jaisalmer as well as Barmer. Both are district headquarters of Rajasthan and can be reached by train from Delhi. Visit https://www.irctc.co.in for train and seat availablity. This is a Government of India website so you can get the best information here.
Once you reach Barmer or Jaisalmer, you will have to take a bus or taxi to reach the Kiradu temples.
For overnight stay in Barmer and Jaisalmer , please check this government website http://tourism.rajasthan.gov.in/
Rajasthan Tourism has some really good hotels to stay in .They are clean and comfortable.
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