Kuluta in Ramayana ?

​In the last post, we saw that ‘Kuluta’ does have reference in the Mahabharata, confirming what available written material say regarding the ancient history of Kullu.

As we observed, Kuluta is mentioned a number of times in the Mahabharata epic. But, is it also the case with the Ramayana?

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Kooloo Valley Tea Company

​Tea was the first cash-crop grown by the British in Kullu.

The first tea garden, a small one, was planted in Nagar by Major Hay (1st Assistant Commissioner, 1853-57) around 1855. Just about the same time, another garden was planted at Dobhi by Duff Dunbar (Deputy Forest Officer of Kullu), but the crop failed.

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The Birth of Kullu’s Fruit Industry

The first apple orchard of Himachal, or for that matter Punjab, was planted at Bandrole (Kullu) in 1870.

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In 1846, after the Treaty of Lahore, the British East India Company got Kullu from the Sikhs. Soon after, the valley was being frequented by a lot of Englishmen; posted officers, men on expeditions, and folks in search of game (hunting). Some even made Kullu their home after their retirements.

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Goor | Initiation of the Medium

A goor doing some ritual. © Prashant Thakur

A goor performing some ritual. © Prashant Thakur

Each deu-devi has a number of karkoon (officials)–kardar, pujari, bhandari, goor, kathiala, kaith etc–cooperating in managing deity’s affairs. Among them all, goor holds somewhat supreme authority, for he has a direct contact with the divine. A goor is selected by deity itself, a boy of 14 or a grown up of 40, he may choose any one and irrespective of any caste. Though in most cases hereditary, a goor’s son does not succeed his father until ‘brought out’ by deity itself.

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Bhartha | Recounting the divine life

Bhartha (in Kullu, lit. “news”)
Ganai (in Saraj)

Bhartha is a story–a religious mythological legend–giving narrative of the life of a deity. In a bhartha, goor narrates–in first person–events from birth till final settlement at present abode of deity; place of origin, travels, conflicts, ancient people and other deities met on the way, etc. Bhartha is thus an autobiography, a “divine autobiography” precisely.

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Kahika | The Festival of Absolution, Death and Rebirth

Darpoin Kahika 2013

Kāikā or Kāhikā is a festival, a sort of expiation ceremony, celebrated at various places in the Kulu region. The main purpose of Kāhikā is the transference, and thus removal, of sin (pāp) and baneful influences (dōṣ-khōṭ and kāri-śrāpṇī) to a human scapegoat: first ‘sacrificed’, then brought back to life. In kāhikā, thru a ritual, both men and deity are absolved. It’s like a yajña, a ritual sacrifice (the scapegoat) with a specific objective (atonement from sins or removal of evil and baneful influences).

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