Incredible India: Cursed temples of KiraduBarmer district, Rajasthan. The name of the village is Hatama. It is in the Thar desert. The place was earlier known as Kiradkot. This place is also known as 'Unexplored Khajuraho of Rajasthan'.
Kiradkot was a very developed city during sixth century to eleventh century. During sixth century to eighth century, the place was ruled by Kirad Rajputs. Most probably they were the subordinates of Chalukya kings of Gujarat. So, the influence of Gujarati architecture is evident in the dilapidated temples of Kiradkot (now Hatama).
In this place, there are five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The Someshwara Temple is the largest one and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Other four temples are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Local people say that these temples are cursed. Long ago, a sage used to stay here with his disciples. One day, when the sage went to visit nearby places and the disciples remained there. The disciples fell ill during the sage's absence. None helped them except a potter's wife.
The sage returned and was very angry seeing the condition of his disciples. He cursed the local people stating that all of them would turn into stone except the potter's wife. He asked the woman to leave the place immediately without looking back. While leaving, the potter's wife looked back and she was also turned into a stone.
The place was abandoned. Later the Turkish invaders destroyed the temples. Much later the British also invaded the region. But still the place remains uninhabited. People believe that if anyone remains near these five temples at night, he/she would turn into stone.
Some years ago, a team of Paranormal Society of India visited this place and the team-members found 'paranormal activites and presence of negative energy' in this place. They have also confirmed that nobody visits this place after sunset.
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