Story of the abandoned villages

Khaba, the abandoned village

This picture was taken at the ruins of Khaba village in Rajasthan, India. It is actually an abandoned village. There are around 84 abandoned villages in Rajasthan state in India. These villages were inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins clan. The story behind this abandoned village is that many years ago there was a shrewd tax collector (also a close associate of the king) who got smitten by a girl from Khaba village. He asked her father for her hand which was obviously refused due to different caste. The revengeful tax collector threatened to destroy the village if the girl was not given to him. It is understood that to save the honor, overnight the villagers abandoned the place.

A more generic version of the story which is applicable to other abandoned villages is that the tax collector and other officials of the king used to harass the villagers by asking them exorbitant taxes and monetary fines in order to fill the king’s coffers. Consequently, to save themselves from the harassment the villagers deserted the villages.

All these ruins now serve as photogenic tourist sites.

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4 thoughts on “Story of the abandoned villages”

  1. Never heard the story of Khaba village before. Really interesting. Could it be because of the bad weather and the drought in that area for abandoning?

    By the way, you are nominated for the Sunshine Award and please check my latest blog post for the details.

    1. Bad weather? I don’t think so..as in that case whole Jaisalmer is in drought most of the times even today. Moreover the guide who told me this story said his forefathers were among those who left the village. So I’m guessing it is genuine. πŸ™‚

      And thanks for the nomination.. Really thrilled πŸ™‚

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