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

 

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Rave Parties Kasol – Sex, Drugs and Narcotics

Kasol- Mini Israel

Kasol is a village in Himachal Pradesh, northern India, Kasol is also known as Stoners Paradise. Kasol is known for its Israeli inhabitants, Parvati river, trekking base-camp and Malana. A tourist hub for Israelis, with signs of various cafes and restaurants in Hebrew serving great food, of cuisines from around the world.

The snow clad Himalayas to verdant landscape and clear blue sky adds a touch of mystery to the place. Nestled in the lap of Parvati valley alongside the streaming and gurgling Parvati River, this remote village is a blessing for adventure buffs, trekkers and backpackers. With pleasant climate all around the year and low population density.

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Rave Parties Kasol

Rave parties have become frequent in Parbati valley, right from Kasol to Tosh – the last village of the valley. The last few years have seen a proliferation of harder drugs and rave parties in Kullu valley, especially in remote areas of Parbati valley.

The Israeli habitat which is turning into a wonderland for cannabis users and traders alike, also sees many rave parties being conducted throughout the year. If you’re in the Valley during the best months of the year, you’ll witness parties that turn wilder with the passing of days, and an assortment of nationals from various countries, all intent on having another crazy experience in a trance-like state.

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Necking party, DJ, charas, alcohol and games like fire skipping ropes, alcohol drinking strength and dance until collapse are the main attractions for guests, especially during full moon nights of May, June and July. Backpackers from Israel, Russia, Australia, England and France top the list of those who come looking for such parties.

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One such party, usually held on or one day before or after full moon nights, was organised on May 23 and 24, at Shairopa in Kullu district’s Banjar. Over the two nights, drugs worth lakhs of rupees are said to have been traded, but eventually only one person was arrested. This has led to allegations of administrative complicity in the rampant drug use, as also cultivation, in the state.

 

This full-moon party was allowed and protected by the district administration. Normally, the police do not allow more than two bottles of liquor at one place but this party had dozens of bottles, besides banned drugs.

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

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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.