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Himalayan Folk Collective
Jan 23, 2022
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Submitted by Divesh Thakur According to dev bharta when Jamlu reached Malana he wanted to make it his residence but a demon lived there so Jamlu transformed himself into Monal and when the demon saw it he became hungry and made preparations to cook the monal. When he putted the Monal into oil the monal stood firmly and was alive , the demon continued his cooking for several days but nothing happened so at last he accepted his defeat. But before leaving he said to Jamlu that the village will be yours but the language and clothing system of this village will be like demons and Jamlu accepted it. When the demon crossed the river and reached the other side Devi Bhagasidh killed him and buried him there after that devi bhagasidh and Jamlu divided Malana into two parts one for Jamlu and one for devi herself. After this Jamlu went to Manikaran, there he met Triyugi Narayan and started wandering with him after sometime they both became hungry so both started looking for food and firewood, Triyugi Narayan went searching for firewood and Jamlu was searching for food material after some time Jamlu found a demon named "Chaurasi Sidh". The demon ate Jamlu and after sometime when Triyugi Narayan came in search of Jamlu, he asked Jamlu where is he? Jamlu answered him from demon's stomach and asked him " Where do I get out? If I come out from the bottom I will be urine, if I come out from the nose I will be mucus, if I come out from the ear I will be ear wax, so what should I do?" Triyugi Narayan ordered Jamlu to get out by destroying the demon's head after that Jamlu came out and killed the demon and made Triyugi Narayan as his guru. After visiting Manikaran Jamlu came south and reached Kotkandi top where he met Panchveer and Narad muni and asked them for a game of Chaupar, they both accepted it and started playing, Jamlu was loosing the game to Narad but panchveer helped Jamlu and made him victorious after that Jamlu made some special relations with panchveer. Jamlu and Narad together started descending the mountain and reached Bonag (बोनग) they played another game of Chaupar there and after that they reached Hawai (हवाई) they sat there along with Durvasa rishi, ramsi devta who was in that place at that time was asked by those three for water, ramsi gave them water but they asked him for the water of two rivers so, devta ramsi in one footstep reached bhuntar sangam where river beas and parvati meet and brought water from sangam for them. After witnessing such hospitality Jamlu made Ramsi his wazir and gave him boon that "the divine kettle of mine will always be held by the person of your family". Other two devtas left that place but Jamlu was mesmerised by the beauty of that place and decided to stay in that place he meditated there under a deodar tree for several years and after many years he restarted his journey and left that place. After thousands of years later mohra or mukh of Jamlu was found in village Hawai by a shepherd.
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Himalayan Folk Collective
Jan 18, 2022
In Folktales
Bansheera is one of the mysterious wild spirits. Hills are replete with tales of their presence and their encounters with humans. Despite their mystery, very little is known about Bansheera. बण means forest & शीरा means Head. Bansheera is also known as the protector of forest. It forbids animal hunting. It is also known as बाण/ कंडराला in some areas. They are believed to be brothers of sages who became corrupt and were outcasted by sages. They wandered forests ever since.  It is believed that Bansheera is a subordinate of Kali (Bhagwati), who resides at the highest peak of the region. Bansheera is known for his पणशियो (screams). They are illusionists who tend to test the intelligence of the person who travels through the forest. They try to approach a person or call out their name (in the voice of a family member or friend). Similarly, it imitates the person in front of him and creates illusions like stretching into the sky and distorting the person's understanding of its form. It is believed that it can manifest in any way. Bansheeras are not to be talked to and if one speaks to one, he will persuade that person to fight with him. Either the person must fight and win against him or he will die. As per conventional wisdom, Bansheera's strength is equivalent to that of 12-15 खाडू (Sheep). Bansheera bestows a boon on whoever wins the fight with him. Many old forest travellers have mentioned that a bansheera smells like a खाडू (Sheep). Some bansheeras have become benevolent and are worshipped as local deities in many areas today. There are no palanquins or temples dedicated to bansheera. Earlier, when people used to travel through forests and if they got hurt for whatever reason, it was advised to lick the blood as soon as possible. As Bansheera does not eat ort, it won't come hunting. In some of गडॉसन (glorifying prayer of a local deity, which is used to invoke him/her), one can listen to the mention of bansheeras and other wild spirits after the mention of fairies & deity’s बाणी (origin story). In folklore, it is mentioned that Bansheeras happened to wear gold ornaments. Also, many people are known to have defeated them.
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