''Kiradu group of temples'' of Rajasthan - Is the village Kiradu haunted?

Kiradu temple Kiradu Rajasthan. upload.wikimedia.org

Kiradu temple, Rajasthan. in.pinterest.com

India's Rajasthan  state is one of the most popular tourist destinations for foreigners in India because it is home to countless fascinating heritage palaces and some interesting temples. Surprisingly, there are  some  haunted  sites such as  Bhangarh palace, Kuldhara village(once inhabited by Brahmins), Mehandipur Balaji temple and Mahudi Tirth temple.  

Kiradu temple, Rajasthan. pinrest

Also included in the haunted places of Rajasthan  is a group of five Hindu temple called Kiradu temple complex - a site of Shiva temples temples in tahsil Ramsar of  District Barmer in Rajasthan. It was also known as Kherdhar (land of Kher). 

Kiradu temple, Rajasthan.  tripadvisor.com

Kiradu temple, Rajasthan.  tripadvisor.com

Kiradu temple, Rajasthan.  tripadvisor.com

Not withstanding their architectural splendor  why these temples  are being called ''cursed'' is a mystery. Ridden with fear, myths and a kind of eerie feeling, it is said, the locals are afraid  to stay there after sundown and  if some body dares to stay  near the temples he or she will turn into a stone, according to the villagers.

Kiradu Rajasthan, India. mapsofindia.com

Origin of the purported curse goes like this: During the reign of  Someshwar of the Parmar clan,it was a rich kingdom. When the Turks led by  Md. Gori invaded this place (town of Kiradkot) to loot the treasures in the 12th century, the situation was one of chaos and mayhem.  In a gripping political situation unfolding on account of foreign invasion,  the ruler sought the blessings of a learned sage. At last the invaders were defeated and driven out. 

Once the sage went on a pilgrimage and requested ruler  Someshwar to look after his disciple and the needs of his people in that place. In the mean time  when the sage's disciple fell sick seriously, he was helped by a poor woman and no body came either from the palace  or from the town. 

Upon his return when the sage came to know that his disciple was  helpless when he was sick and  struggling for his life he was in rage over the attitude of the king toward his disciple and the people there. Infuriated as he was,  he cursed the kingdom that all ungrateful people living there will turn into stone. He also asked the poor woman who helped his disciple to leave without turning back least she should be turned in a stone. Driven by curiosity when the poor looked back the village while leaving  she had been turned into a stone. The locals even today advise the visitors not to stay at the site after sundown. 

This kind of superstition may make listeners more curious and tempt them to seek adventures. Generally speaking such a belief - prediction of something might happen in the future is more a product of conjecture than a real stuff.  In the absence of evidence  the story of curses, haunting, etc.,  relies more on assumption, often irrational  rather than truth. It creates some kind of fear psychosis that might overwhelms the people with weak mind. Yet another interesting question is will the spirit or curses or spells work in the places close to the vicinity of the temples? Though not functional, you can not rule out the fact that these places of worship are still sanctified  and the divinity factor is very much there. 

Take any cursed or haunted  place  either in India or abroad, there has been no scientific evidence there to prove the paranormal activities, etc. This may be true of   Kiradu group of temples.  However, it is also true even today  no one enters these temples after the sunset.

Architecturally rich,  Kiradu temple complex is a  hidden gem in the midst of a scorching dry desert. It is an unexplored  sermon in sandstone. The Rajasthan tourism department can conduct guided tours to this place and such tours will help the curious tourists a lot. To begin with, the Kiradu temple group  needs a lot of publicity by the government and the media can chip in and bring the amazing site out of darkness and highlight the architectural grandeur.