We are going to tell you the real story of a village in Rajasthan, which has been discovered by independent journalist Jeetendra Meena, this is not a book story but a reality. The truth of the epidemic, which took away the pride saga.
This is the story of the Gurdah village of Mandrayal Tehsil. Mandrayal Tehsil comes under district Karauli. It is said about this village that it got ruined due to the outbreak of an epidemic. The village now has ruins of Havelis and shops. These ruined Havelis tell tales of the past.
According to the elders, Gurdah village was a village inhabited by Brahmin and Meena caste families. It is said that 1200 families lived here. But about 500 years ago, due to the outbreak of epidemic in the village, hundreds of people died due to which the village became deserted. The houses and Havelis here were ruined. Since then its name was Ujd Gurdah. However, later a new Gurdah was settled. Keylal Meena, who was born in the ruined Gurdah village, says that there was an epidemic in the village, due to which the whole village came under its grip.
Hundreds of people died due to disease. Panic spread due to this and those who remained left their homes and settled far away in Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh including Karauli, Hindon City, etc. The villagers who did not go to other places left the desolate Gurdah and settled in the nearby forests. Since then this village is deserted.
There are many historical Havelis of ancient times in the ruined Gurdah village, whose construction is difficult in the present time. Each haveli has 15 to 20 rooms, staircase, square, godown, and kitchen. There are vents for air. Each Haveli has unique stone carvings and artifacts. Even today this village looks beautiful from a distance. If the Archaeological Department had taken it under protection, the heritage of the village could have been saved and it could also be developed for tourism but now it has completely turned into ruins. People are carrying the stones of the haveli and completely has been damaged.
The villagers of the area tell legends that the Yadavas and the Lodhas lived in Gurdah village before the Brahmins and the Meenas. There was a fight between the two sides over some issue. The Lodhas beat up the Yadavas, the Yadavs appealed to the Meenas, on which the Meenas of Piloda village of Gangapur City area came to Gurdah village and fought with the Lodhas. In which the Lodhas were defeated. It is believed that due to the curse of a goddess of the village, the Yadavs left the village. There was only one family left for worship which is still in the village, now the goddess holds a fair for two days in the village. is filling up.
The desolate Gurdah village was so developed 500 years ago that today there are no big villages and towns in the district. Due to the abundance and resources of Dhau wood in the village, iron was produced here. Here there is an iron furnace on a hill, there is a river below the hill, from where the water would be supplied. Even today a large number of iron remains can be seen in the forest of Kotra. After cooking iron from Kotra, it was brought to Gurdah village, where arrangements would be made to sell it from shops.
Villagers say that paddy was cultivated in the village, camel carts used to bring rice to Dholpur, Madhya Pradesh for sale, and while coming back from there, they brought iron cooking soil, due to this the trade of iron and rice was plentiful. On seeing Gurdah village, it was found that there was a well-organized market, roads were wide and the village has roads from all sides. It is said that the Brahmins of Gurdah were very rich due to good business. A lot of gold and silver was kept buried in the ground. After the village was empty, many people came here in search of gold and took away the gold by digging it.
Present situation – Now this village has been completely damaged, people are taking out the stones and taking them to their new homes. Illegal mining work has also been started, which has reduced the beauty of this village. Damage that cannot be repaired.