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Jan 23, 2022
In Folktales
The arrival of Chaturmukh in Mailan (Kotgarh) was the subject of an interesting story. It is said that a young man in the Kotgarh area was always ready to fight against ghosts and demons. Having lost one eye in a battle with demons, he became known as Kana Deo (Half Blind) after his death. Eventually, he became violent and people would offer human sacrifices to appease him on every occasion of Sakranti. An old lady had seven daughters who were offered to the deity one by one. She tried to save her last daughter. She asked Khachli Nag Devta of Tanujubbad for assistance. Khachli Nag assured her of his help, saying she should remember him when Kana Deo's servants come to take her daughter for sacrifice. Kana Deo of Kotgarh was restless due to hunger, but the old lady was waiting for providential help. It came and the Kana Deo of Kotgarh and his temple were destroyed. Khachli Nag was then asked by the people of Kotgarh to administer the vacant spot, but he refused and told them about three deities (brothers) of Kharahan. People were eager to invite any of the three deities to settle permanently at Kotgarh. They left the decision up to the deities. It was decided that during Dudhbali fair, a deity whose rath (palanquin) gets lighter in weight, would be deemed to have agreed to settle at Kotgarh. In the course of the fair, the people of Kotgarh found that the palanquin of Chaturmukh became lighter in weight, so they decided to take him back to their village. Villagers of Kharahan resisted, but ultimately surrendered to the god's will. A temple was built in Pahari style for this powerful deity in Mailan Village.
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Divine Heads
Jan 23, 2022
In Folktales
मुआणे were supernatural beings peculiar to Shimla hill states. There was a reputation for their prodigious work capacity. There was a belief that they worked only at night and took orders directly from the king. They were King's special workers and were assigned only the most important and challenging secret tasks According to legend, one मुआणा could perform the work of 10 people in a single night. All humans were forbidden from interacting with them or standing in close proximity to them. There was a specific messenger who used to call them for work. They were masters at making underground tunnels. It is believed that most secret routes or escape routes for kings were made by them. They only took gold as payment for their work. It is believed that they made all the paths in forests. They were the ones who buried their gold deep inside forests. According to legend, whatever माया (treasure) is found today in and around the forests belongs to them.
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Divine Heads
Jan 23, 2022
In Folktales
Known also as बड़ैवा or जलशीरा, this legendary creature was considered as a spirit guide. Balteeyar was believed to possess the same physical attributes as humans except for having a fire on the head. He was fondly believed to walk lightning-fast, typically causing a marked trail of fierce fire to invariably appear behind him. According to legends, when a person dies prematurely or accidentally, his/her troubled spirit is believed to wander aimlessly. Balteeyar was believed to guide their spirits towards possible salvation. Historically, local people from their villages used to see fire orbs travelling in a pattern through the forests. The Balteeyar traditionally gathered a group of wandering spirits, and as a characteristic, he lit all their heads. Afterward, Spirits followed him on the path to deliverance. As per another local legend, Balteeyar is also considered a messenger of death. Local legend has it that whenever a Balteeyar was near any home, it was a sign that someone was dying in that house, and he had come to take their spirit.
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Divine Heads
Jan 18, 2022
In Folktales
The Pahadi New Year begins with माघ साज़ा which marks the end of the long, cold winter season and the beginning of spring. माघ साज़ा marks the transition from a harsh to a mild climate - A sign of hope and positivity. On this day, people offer पाज़ा (Prunus Padus leaves) to their Deities and elders, as पाज़ा remain green in winter, symbolizing good health in all weather conditions. माश खिचड़ी, हलवा, सिड्डू, बाब्रु/ पोलडू/ पकैन are made, people visit their relative’s homes and seek blessings from their elders. Local gods are worshipped in the morning and offered food first. All the deities depart on माघ साज़ा's evening for heaven. No Prayers are offered in temples until the deities returns from heaven. It is believed that they perform all household chores in heaven (just as humans do on earth). Each deity is assigned a specific task. Deities stay in heaven for different lengths of time depending on their power and position. Some gods return after a week, while others take a month. The story goes that during their stay, a battle between Devas and Asuras occurs. It is believed that the victory of the gods brings a period of drought, crop failure, insect infestations, or Erratic weather. However, Asuras' victory is associated with bountiful harvests. At the end of Maagh month, the major deities return to their places and address local villagers with बखाण (a review of the future). They inform them of all the important events (Good & Bad Happenings) that will take place in the coming year.
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