Today : Monday - Sep 22, 2014, 05:40am (GMT+5.5)
All News  
Top News
National News
International News
Business News
Sports News
   » Cricket
   » Football
Entertainment News
Sci - Tech
Politics News
Health & Fitness
Education
Travel
Lifestyle
Gulf News
Featured
 
::| Latest News
News in Pictures

Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

National News
 

Over 200 deities to join Himachal's Mahashivratri!

Monday - Feb 20, 2012, 12:47pm (GMT+5.5)
[+] Text [-]

Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) -  The festival of Mahashivratri Monday is marked in a unique way in this town, popularly known as Chhoti Kashi, as it sees a congregation of over 200 deities from  hundreds of village temples.

The celebrations date back to 1526 when this town was founded during the rule of Ajbar Sen. He had 'invited' all the local deities to mark the founding of the new town.

Since then, the assembly of deities from hundreds of village temples during Mahashivratri has become a tradition.

After the rule of princely states came to an end, the district administration took over the task of inviting the gods and goddesses.

"More than 215 gods and goddesses have been invited to participate in Mahashivratri," Deputy Commissioner Devesh Kumar, the chief organiser of the festival, told IANS.

This year's celebrations will be held from Feb 21 to 27. In fact the festivities begin in Mandi when they come to an end in the rest of the country where Mahashivratri was celebrated Monday.

The arrival of the deities in beautifully decorated palanquins amid sounds of trumpets and drums has begun. They will stay at the Paddal ground here till the fair concludes, said Kumar.

Like the week-long Kullu Dussehra festivities, Mandi's Mahashivratri also sees a congregation of the divine and the temporal.

Mandi, located on the Chandigarh-Manali national highway, is dotted with more than 80 temples. The prominent ones among them are those of Bhutnath, Triloki Nath, Jagannath, Tarna Devi  and Jalpa Devi.

The rulers of Mandi state were devotees of Lord Shiva.

According to a legend, ruler Sen (1499-1534) saw in his dreams a cow offering milk to an idol of Lord Shiva. His dreams turned into reality when he himself saw the cow offering milk to an idol.

He then constructed a temple there in 1526 -- the Bhutnath temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Simultaneously, the foundation of Mandi town was also laid and he shifted his capital here.

During the first day of the fair, Lord Madho Rai, an incarnate of Lord Vishnu and the chief deity, leads the procession. The assembled deities follow him in beautifully decorated palanquins,  as per protocol, and assemble at the Bhutnath temple.

Three such processions, locally called Jaleb, would be taken out on the opening, middle and concluding days of the fair, said an organiser.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Governor Urmila Singh will respectively participate on the first and last day of the festival.

Every year the festival attracts scores of tourists, especially foreigners and researchers.

The conduit between the mortals and the deities are the 'gur' - the traditional shamans of Himachal, who form the core of the communities' spiritual sustenance. The 'gur' mediates between  the people and the gods.

During the festival, transactions worth millions of rupees, cultural events and rural sports take place.

By Vishal Gulati




|

Rating (Votes: )   

blog comments powered by Disqus

Other Articles:
Man crushed by train (20th Feb, 2012)
Only Left has alternative economic policies: Karat (20th Feb, 2012)
Elderly couple murdered in Punjab town (20th Feb, 2012)
UP polls' fourth phase also sees high turnout, peaceful balloting (20th Feb, 2012)
Four Kaziranga rhinos to be released in Manas (20th Feb, 2012)
Mamata U-turn: Blames CPI-M for Gyaneshwari train tragedy (20th Feb, 2012)
Biman Bose re-elected CPI-M's Bengal state secretary (20th Feb, 2012)
Kolkata prison first to house permanent art gallery (20th Feb, 2012)
Man injured after falling on Metro track (20th Feb, 2012)
In a UP first, voters boycott poll for no development (20th Feb, 2012)
Guerrillas shoot dead youth in Kashmir (20th Feb, 2012)
Trinamool trying to gag the opposition: CPI-M (20th Feb, 2012)
Dhumal seeks work on pending rail projects (20th Feb, 2012)
Pilot's wife commits suicide, police suspect dowry death (20th Feb, 2012)
Mulayam will bring back 'gunda raj': Mayawati (20th Feb, 2012)
BSP has cheated Dalits: BJP (20th Feb, 2012)
Two years after death, Jyoti Basu still CPI-M mascot (20th Feb, 2012)
Two years after death, Jyoti Basu still CPI-M mascot (20th Feb, 2012)
Kolkata rape: Police custody for three accused till March 3 (20th Feb, 2012)
Odisha artist makes ailing Big B's sand image (20th Feb, 2012)
Public sector banks will get adequate capital: Pranab (20th Feb, 2012)
Mercury up but snow in store in Himachal (20th Feb, 2012)
'Cancel assembly memberships of expelled BJP legislators' (20th Feb, 2012)
One dead in sports car crash in Delhi (20th Feb, 2012)
Fishermen's killing: Two crewmen brought ashore, Italians told to cooperate (20th Feb, 2012)




Contact Us | Advertise with Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use