Legend says any concrete house in Devmali, Ajmer will bring doom

AJMER: Devmali, a small village in Ajmer district, is like a picture postcard from medieval times, untouched by the parameters of modernisation and development. All houses are made of mud thanks to a popular belief that the village will face a calamity if a single pucca house is constructed.

Most of the kitchens use a `chulha’ and even though some houses have power connections, villagers have opted not to use air coolers or air conditioners.

Not a single piece of iron or concrete has been used in the construction of houses. “There are stories that someone tried to use concrete during construction and the house collapsed within a week,” said a villager. A few villagers have constructed concrete homes in nearby villages as a back-up, but continue to live in their mud-houses in Devmali.

Villagers don’t lock up their houses and as per police records, not a single case of theft or burglary has been reported in the village in the last 50 years.

“The village is dedicated to deity Dev Narayan and therefore we follow his teachings even in this modern age. Even youth are not allowed to break these rules,” said Ramnarayan Gujjar, a resident. “Most of us are farmers but none of us owns any agricultural land. Not a single villager in this cluster of 80 families here consumes liquor or non-vegetarian food. We all continue to follow the traditional customs and therefore the village has no concrete house,” he added. Every inch of the land is registered in the name of deity Dev Narayan.

“We have no dispute because land to be cultivated by each family is already marked out,” said Sunil Gujjar, a farmer. He said he has never seen any dispute related to farming.

Credits ET Realty

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