The Shringa Rishi Temple – Ruling Deity of Banjar Valley

Kullu is very religious place of Himachal Pardesh.  The are several reference of Kullu in the Ramayana & Mahabharata, Vishnu Purana & other Sanskrit literature. Many of famous Spiritual temples there like Raghunath Temple (Kullu), Maha Devi Tirth Temple kullu, Shringi Rishi Temple Banjar kullu and Bijli Mahadev.

Shringa Rishi Temple

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The Shringa Rishi Temple (or Shringi Rishi Temple) is an important religious center for the locals. The temple of Shringi Rishi is considered very sacred by locals and they believe that this deity is one which protects them. Shringi Rishi is one among the eighteen chief deities of Kullu valley.

Shringi Rishi, Banjar , the Valley of  Hermits-

Historically, the area plays an important role in the birth of Lord Rama (the most famous incarnation of God). According to the legends associated with Ramayana ‘Kal’, it was a privilege of Rishi Shringi, from the Banjar valley, who’s Ashram was at Chehni, to act as Purohit (sage) at the ‘Putreshtiyajna’ of Raja Dashratha during the age of Satyug (The Golden age). As a result of the actions and prayers by the Rishi, God Rama was born. Throughout the ages, particularly during Satyug, it is believed that many Rishi’s (sage’s) and Nag Devta’s came to Banjar Valley to meditate because of its peace and serenity.

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Legend has it that Shringi Rishi cursed rish Parikshit for his sinful perform against rishi Lomash. The boons and problem spoken by him were turned out to be definitely real. A forehead of Shringi Rishi, is also located at Banjar in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, in whose honor a reasonable is organised every season in May. Shringi Rishi is the ruling deity of Banjar place. Here rishi is popularely known as Skirni Deo. Skirni Deo is believed to be the king of Kaliyuga. A wood made forehead of Shringi Rishi is located at Skiran (12000 feets),where pindi of Shringi and Bhagvati Shanta is recognized. In 2008, this forehead has beeen rebuilt after 60 decades. Shringi rishi is one of the historical deity of Kullu place, also involved among atthara kardoo (eighteen primary deities of Kullu).

Shringi Rishi Temple has a typical Himachali architecture and the state being good old Himachal, beauty is guaranteed. It is the kind of place you visit to calm yourself when you just can’t take things anymore. This is where you come when you just want to get away and let God take the wheel from your hands.

Amidst the mountains and the cool wintry breeze, God probably doesn’t have much to do because the beauty of the location is going to do the trick without much intervention required from the higher sources. You must visit this temple if you want a taste of Incredible India because this is where old sages are worshiped and this is where kings were holy and this is where magical powers were a reality. This temple speaks plenty in just a single visit. You must see it for yourself. Once in a year mostly in the month of May, a group of Priests, locals visit the Shringi Rishi Temple to perform Pujas and rituals. During rest of the year the place will be thickly covered by snow.

Jamdagni Rishi(Jamlu Devta) Temple Malana – The Oldest Democracies in World

This is an ancient temple in Malana village that is prohibited to touch (a fine of 250 is levied). Malana is known for the best grown charas/weed/grass. The males can take weed openly while it isn’t taken in the right spirit for a female to have the same as she is responsible to involve in religious chores. The sad part is that the children are also found selling weed to tourists. Quite an ecstatic place. That’s right Avid well spotted ” In the close vicnity of the priest’s house is the abode of Jamdagni Rishi called Jamlu Rishi in the local dialect.


A Peep into its History

Jamdangni  Rishi in the days of yore worshipped Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesha. After his intense prayers, Shiva appeared before him and told him to ask for a boon. Jamdagani Rishi asked for a place, secluded and full of nature’s bounty. Shiva told him to go to Malana. The Rishi’s two brothers followed him. In order to avoid them he created mist in the valley and told his brothers that the place was not good and further said that if they want to stay they could. His brothers lift his company and one of them went to Lahoul and the other to the Banjar valley. Malana was already in the control of a big Rakshasa when Rishi reached there the Rakshasa retaliated, which resulted in a fight between the two.

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The conflict between Jamdagni  Rishi and Banasura ended with the understanding on the following terms :-

Administration and justice were to be handled separately. The members of the executive were to be selected in consultation with Banasura. Justice was kept under the preview of Jamdagni Rishi. In case of a dispute in the administration it was to be sorted out by the judiciary. The Kanashi language was made mandatory for those living in Malana, and also the customs and traditions prevalent there. During festivals, the first sacrifice was to be made to Banasura the Rakshasha. With the passage of time, Jamdagini Rishi gained superiority over Banasura, but the village retained its traditions which are still followed there.

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Religious Beliefs

The village priest Bua Ram, who is the only person in the village to wear a white turban, can be recognized form a distance. His forefathers have been there since ages to take care of the village-shrine and pass on the injunctions of the Jamlu Rishi to the villagers.

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Bua Ram, the priest has a two-storied house, well decorated from outside and embellished with intricate wood carvings. His family members are to stay separately but they do visit him while providing food and other things to him. In the close vicnity of the priest’s house is the abode of Jamdagni Rishi called Jamlu Rishi in the local dialect.

Jamlu is the most revered and is considered to be the king. His courtiers are elected and they collect funds for the following services for the upkeep and maintenance of the civic amenities:

  1. Land revenue from the villagers of Malana.
  2. From outsiders who graze their cattle in Malana.
  3. Offering of devotees in cash and gold and silver horses.
  4. From the offering of visitors.
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The administration of Malana is based on religious faith and to maintain the faith the elected members select Bhandaris among the villagers who are assigned the following tasks:

  1. To collect tax on land from the area, which falls under the jurisdiction of the village shrine.
  2. To deposit land and other revenues in the shrine treasury.
  3. To maintain the income and expenditure account.
  4. To collect and deposit the offerings.
  5. To arrange funds for functions and festivals and to organize them.
  6. To hold symbols of Jamlu devata during the religious processions.