For 700 years, this village hasn’t built a first floor

JAIPUR: A village where no one has constructed the first floor of their house for the past 700 years. Yes, you heard it right. Udsar, located near Sardarshahar in Churu district, Rajasthan, does not have a single building with a first floor.

Legend has it that Puranmalji, a cow worshipper fought valiantly with cattle thieves in a nearby village. Wounded, he took shelter in the first floor of his wife’s parents’ home in Udsar. The thieves found him there and after another fight, Puranmalji was killed. His wife committed Sati, but before ascending the pyre, told the villagers that having a first floor was unlucky. A temple was built to honour the couple; Puranmalji is now worshipped as Bhomiyaji.

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