Malana – Local Deity Orders The Closure of all Guest Houses and Restaurants in the Village

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The ancient village Malana, home of  the famous Malana Cream cannabis, is also a famously guarded village with its own traditions, culture and parliament.  Malana in Himachal Pradesh, famous for its premium quality hashish, may be off limits for tourists as the village’s presiding deity, during a ‘parliament’ meet, ordered the closure of all guest houses and restaurants in the region. ‘to protect’ local culture and traditions.

The deity’s diktat came on the heels of a meeting of the village’s own ’parliament’ which concluded that outsiders thronging their village were a threat to their culture. The ‘parliament’ comprises an upper house called Jayeshthang and a lower house called Kanishthang. Villagers invoked Jamlu after the ‘parliament’ met.

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Villagers in Malana invoke Jamlu through a chosen medium – in this case an oracle, who then conveys to them what the deity ‘said.’ Devotes believe Jamlu responds to all kinds of queries.

“The deity did not want any of the villagers to rent out their property for running guest houses and restaurants. He has forbidden everyone from doing this, and those violating his orders will have to bear the brunt of his curse,” Malana panchayat pradhan Bhagi Ram told.

Inhabitants of Malana known as the Malanis have a distinctive dialect called Kanashi, which is different from the others spoken in the Kullu region. Malana is an isolated village in the Parvati Valley and its reclusive inhabitants are said to be descendants of soldiers of Alexander’s army.

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A few months back, the village had banned photography because villagers felt that visitors clicking pictures were portraying Malana as a hub of narco-tourism.

“It’s unfortunate that cannabis trade has defamed our village. People of this village have their own culture and beliefs

Malana managed to preserve its culture due to two factors: devotion to Devta Jamlu and its geographical isolation. Now both are getting diluted due to the Malana hydro project and mobile telephony. Their devotion to the devta is keeping them together, but how long will it be before it becomes a cosmetic ritual

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Traditionally, inhabitants of this land-locked village used to make baskets, ropes and slippers from hemp. But in the late 1980s, the visiting foreigners taught the villagers to extract the intoxicating resin from cannabis.

Though successive governments have tried to wean the villagers away from narcotic trade, there is no other cash crop to rival cannabis in Malana. The maize and potatoes grown by the villagers do not fetch handsome returns

 

Article VIA: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/hasish-village-malana-s-deity-orders-restaurants-guest-houses-shut-to-save-culture/story-LBj0YA3NtbrdGmJEln2w1J.html

Tabo Monastery – Historic Treasure of India

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Tabo is a small village, situated on the left bank of river Spiti in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is 50 kms short of Kaza, major town in Spiti Valley, while travelling from Reckong Peo to Kaza. Flanked on either side by hills, it houses one of the most important Buddhist monasteries that are regarded by many as only next to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet.

Tabo Monastery, also known as the ‘Ajanta of the Himalayas,’ is one of the most popular monasteries in the Lahaul and Spiti Valley and was founded more than a millennium back in 996 A.D. This ancient structure stands on the barren, cold, and rocky desert of the Tabo valley at a dizzying height of 3050 meters above sea level. This untouched beauty has preserved the glorious heritage, traditions, and culture of Buddhism through the passage of centuries.

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History

Tabo Monastery was founded by the buddhist king (and royal lama) Yeshe O’d in 996 A.D. A renovation inscription says it was renovated 46 years later by Yeshe O’d’s grandnephew, the royal priest Jangchub O’d. These royal patrons, the kings of the Purang-Guge kingdom, were descended from the ancient Tibetan monarchy. Their ancestors migrated to west Tibet in the 10th century. By the end of the 10th century their territory stretched from Ladakh to Purang and included all of western Tibet (ancient Zhang Zhung). Successive members of this dynasty built many monasteries along the trade routes linking the far corners of their kingdom.

The Nine Temples:

The Temple of the Enlightened Gods (gTug-Lha-khang)

The Golden Temple (gSer-khang)

The Mystic Mandala Temple / Initiation Temple (dKyil-kHor- khang)

The Bodhisattva Maitreya Temple (Byams-Pa Chen-po Lha-khang)

The Temple of Dromton (Brom-ston Lha khang)

The Chamber of Picture Treasures (Z’al-ma)

The Large Temple of Dromton (Brom-ston Lha khang)

The Mahakala Vajra Bhairava Temple (Gon-khang)

The White Temple (dKar-abyum Lha-Khang)

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The unique beauty of its art and its pivotal historical role in the transmission of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and culture in the 10th and 11th century makes Tabo Monastery an historically significant site. The main temple preserves an extraordinary wealth of documentation of the history and culture of the period

Mysteries of Manali Leh Highway – Ghost Drinks Mineral Water

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Blessed by God not just with beautiful locations but also with clear waters and flowered valleys which make Himachal Pradesh one of the most attractive tourist destinations in India.

Ladakh is vividly described in eloquent terms as land of passes, land of endless beauty and so on. Picture perfect landscapes, surreal skies, stretches of unending loopy roads, smiling people and placid lakes all seem to say, this is where Shangri La is, this is where heaven meets the earth.

While traveling on the Manali-Leh highway in Himachal Pradesh, India at an elevation of 17,000 feet is situated a pass named Gata Loops. It is a series of twenty-one hairpin bends that takes you to the top of the 3rd high altitude pass on this highway, Nakeela. People believe that there is a place on this road where they have seen a ghost, where people offer mineral water bottle to the ghost.

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Story Of Ghost

Several years ago it was late October when a truck with its two travelers, the driver and a cleaner, crossed Rohtang and moved on its way towards Leh. It had already started to snow at a few places and the driver was warned but he had no choice. He had a time-line and had to reach Leh. It was the last truck to cross Rohtang as it snowed heavily the very same evening at the top and the pass closed.

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Kunzum Pass was already closed weeks ago and there were no vehicles coming from Kaza as well which means that it was the last truck plying on Manali Leh highway.  The driver managed to bring the truck safely all the way to Gata Loops but this is where disaster struck. On one of the loops, his truck broke down and came to a complete halt. After trying for hours, the driver couldn’t fix whatever was wrong with the vehicle.

They waited and waited but no one crossed them by because they were the last vehicle on the route. so the driver decided to walk to a nearby village and get some help. Cleaner however was ill and not in a condition to walk. The driver walked and walked for miles until he found a tiny village but Alas, there was no mechanic there. He somehow managed to make a phone call to Manali to get someone to come and fix the truck but to his bad luck, while he was still waiting at the village, the weather closed in.

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It started to snow heavily and became impossible for the driver to get back to the truck. It took several days for the weather to clear and he was stranded in the village all this time. Finally help came from Manali and they all hurried back to Gata Loops, to the spot where the truck broke down only to find the cleaner dead. Poor chap was left alone on the road for several days in freezing temperature, in poor health, with no water and nothing to eat and eventually died of thirst, hunger and cold.

The driver drove the truck to the village he was stranded in and waited there until it was possible to drive across Rohtang and return to Manali. The body of the cleaner was buried at Gata Loops by the villagers, right at the spot where he died.

Next year when the highway reopened, people started noticing a strange thing. There was a beggar at Gata Loops who would waive at the passing vehicles to stop and begged them for water.

In order to pacify the ghost, the locals set up a small temple at the spot where he was buried and made offerings of water.  Since then, whoever passes by and is aware of the story leaves some water at the temple, as an offering.

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Now this place looks like a shrine adorned with Prayer Flags, Bisleri bottles, zen stones, Beedis, Marlboros and Goldflakes of the world and lots of presents for the this Samaritan of a  ghost!

And those who are unaware of the legend associated with the place will be surprised to find that a small house situated atop a hill is dwelling to a surreptitious ghost. The people passing by, make it a point to shower gifts such as cigarettes and mineral water at this site.

It is regarded as the most treacherous pathway in the world. In winters, the road is blocked due to incessant Snowfall.

Article Via: http://vargiskhan.com/log/ghost-gata-loops/