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Himachali Gaddi

-Gaddis belong to the class of the shepherds and their job is to look after goats and sheep. This is a kind of popular community in Mandi and you can even discern a section in Billaspur and Kullu. However, a massive Gaddi population resides in the district of Kangra and you can even discern them in Bharmaur in the District of Chamba.
Controversy prevails regarding the origination of the Gaddis. The reason for this is that, during the early days of settlement the Gaddis were known to have no permanent homes. During the summer season they made their ways to the Himalayas with their collection of Dhan that is the congregation of sheep and goats. In the winter season the Gaddis roamed about here and there in the plane land. However, there is no conclusive theory in matters of how the Gaddis originated. Some are however, of the opinion that the Gaddis mainly came from the plains of Punjab.
Gaddis have their own personal language. However, they even have the habit of speaking other dialects such as Hindi and Pahari. The Gaddis form a very small population. It is still unknown the exact population of the community. They have their own individual cultural set up. They even practice personal folk lore, and the quality of the music is extremely soothing and special. Gaddi garments are exclusively colorful and they follow different methods of worshipping Gods and Goddesses.

Harsipattan

-Located around 5 km east of Jaisinghpur, Harsipattan is on the southern border of Kangra District, close to Hamirpur District. Palampur, a famous hill station on the National Highway 20, is around 25 km north and is linked directly with Harsipattan by road. Baijnath, a prominent pilgrim center, is within a short distance. The Beas River flows close by. Nearest railhead : Baijnath Paprola Railway Station

Airport : Gaggal Airport.

The Gaggal Airport, officially known as Kangra Airport. This airport is located in Gaggal near Kangra in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, 8 Kilometres From Kangra. Indian Air base at Kangra: “The Indian Government to set up a new Air Force base at Kangra Airport Kangra in Kangra district

Independence Day of India

This moment is an annual observance celebrated every year on 15th of August. India’s Independence Day is a day of great significance for the people of India. At this day India got freedom from the British rule after long years of slavery. It has been declared as the National and Gazetted Holiday all across the India in order to independently commemorate the independence of country from British Empire on 15th of August in 1947.

It was not so easy for the India to get freedom from the Britishers however; various great people and freedom fighters of India made it a truth. They had sacrificed their lives in attaining the freedom for their future generations without worrying about their comfort, rest and freedom. They planned and acted upon various Independence Movements including violent and nonviolent resistance to get complete freedom. However, later independence Pakistan was partitioned from India which was accompanied by violent riots. That horrible riot was the reason of mass casualties and dislocation of people (more than 15 million) from their homes.

At this day, all the national, states and local government’s offices, banks, post offices, markets, stores, businesses, organizations, etc become closed. However, public transport is totally unaffected. It is celebrated in the capital of India with big enthusiasm however it is also celebrated in all the schools, colleges and other educational institutions by the students and teachers including public community and society.

स्वतंत्रता दिवस

मेरे सभी आदरणीय आदरणीय अध्यापकगण, अभिभावको और प्यारे मित्रों को सुबह का प्रणाम (नमस्कार)। इस महान राष्ट्रीय अवसर को मनाने के लिये आज हम लोग यहाँ इकठ्ठा हुए है। मैं आप सभी को स्वतंत्रता दिवस की हार्दिक बधाई देता हूँ।

जैसा कि हम जानते है कि स्वतंत्रता दिवस हम सभी के लिये एक मंगल अवसर है। हम सब इस दिन को इसलिए मनाते है क्योकि 15 अगस्त 1947 को ही हमारा देश आज़ाद हुआ था, और ब्रिटिश राज से हमें मुक्ति मीली थी। आज हम यहाँ 70 वा स्वतंत्रता दिवस मनाने इकठ्ठा हुए है।

बड़ी ख़ुशी से हमारे पुरे देश में स्वतंत्रता दिवस मनाया जाता है। यह सभी भारतीयों के लिये बेहद महत्वपूर्ण दिन है क्योंकि यह दिन हमें मौका देता है उन महान स्वतंत्रता सेनानीयों को याद करने का जिन्होंने हमें एक शांतिपूर्ण और खूबसूरत जीवन देने के लिये अपने प्राणों की आहुति दे दी। आजादी से पहले, लोगों को पढ़ने-लिखने की, अच्छा खाने की और हमारी तरह सामान्य जीवन जीने की आज्ञा (Permission) नही थी। अपने अर्थहीन आदेशों की पूर्ति के लिये अंग्रेजों द्वारा भारतीयों के साथ गुलामों से भी ज्यादा बुरा बर्ताव किया जाता था।

भारत की आजादी के पहले दिन को याद करने के लिये हम हर साल 15 अगस्त को स्वतंत्रता दिवस मनाते है साथ ही साथ उन सभी महान लोगों याद करते है। जिनके कठिन संघर्षों की वजह से हम अपनी आजादी का उपभोग करने लायक बने है और अपनी इच्छा से खुली हवा में साँस से सकते है।

अंग्रेजों से आजादी पाना हमारे पूर्वजो के लिये बेहद असंभव कार्य था लेकिन हमारे पूर्वजो ने लगातार प्रयास करके इसे प्राप्त कर लिया। हम उनके किये कार्य को कभी भूल नहीं सकते और हमेशा उन्हें याद करते रहेंगे। केवल एक दिन में सभी स्वतंत्रता सेनानीयों के कामों को हम याद नहीं कर सकते लेकिन दिल से उन्हें सलामी जरुर दे सकते है। वो हमेशा हमारी यादों में रहेंगे और पूरे जीवन के लिये प्रेरणा का कार्य करेंगे।

आज सभी भारतीयों के लिये बहुत महत्वपूर्ण दिन है जिसको हम महान भारतीय नेताओं के बलिदानों को याद करने के लिये मनाते है, जिन्होंने देश की आजादी और समृद्धि के लिये अपना जीवन दे दिया। भारत की आजादी मुमकिन हो सकी क्योंकि सहयोग, बलिदान और सभी भारतीयों की सहभागिता थी। हमें महत्व और सलामी देनी चाहिये उन सभी भारतीय नागिरकों को क्योंकि वो असली राष्ट्रीय हीरो थे।

भारत के कुछ महान स्वतंत्रता सेनानीयो में बाल गंगाधर तिलक, महात्मा गांधी जी, नेताजी सुभाष चन्द्र बोस, जवाहरलाल नेहरु, खुदीराम बोस, चन्द्रशेखर आजाद, भगत सिंह, लाला लाजपत राय इत्यादि। ये सभी प्रसिद्ध देशभक्त थे जिन्होंने अपने जीवन के अंत तक भारत की आजादी के लिये कड़ा संघर्ष किया। हम लोग हमारे पूर्वजों द्वारा किये गए संघर्ष के उन डरावने पलों की कल्पना भी नहीं कर सकते।

आजादी के इतने वर्षों बाद भी आज हमारा देश विकास के सही राह पर है। आज हमारा देश पूरी दुनिया में लोकतांत्रिक देश के रुप में अच्छे से स्थापित है।

गांधीजी एक महान नेता थे जिन्होंने अहिंसा और सत्याग्रह जैसे आजादी के असरदार तरीकों के बारे में हमें बताया। अहिंसा और शांति के साथ स्वतंत्र भारत के सपने को गाँधीजी ने ही देखा था।

भारत ही हमारी मातृभूमि है और हम आज़ाद भारत के आज़ाद नागरिक है। हमें हमेशा बुरे लोगो से अपने देश की रक्षा करते रहनी चाहिये। ये हमारी जिम्मेदारी है कि हम अपने देश को आगे की ओर ले जाये और इसे दुनिया का सबसे अच्छा देश बनाये।

आप सभी को स्वतंत्रता दिवस की ढेर सारी शुभकामनाये, आशा करते है की हमारा देश हर साल हर क्षेत्र में विकास करता रहे ताकि पूरी दुनियाँ को हमपर एक दिन गर्व हो।

जयहिन्द, जयभारत

Baijnathji Shiv temple

Baijnathji Shiv temple is situated at Baijnath, a small town in Kangra district Himachal Pradesh, India. It is about 60 kms from Kangra city on National Highway 20. Actually there are twin temples viz Baijnathji and 200 meters away Sidhanathji. It is said that both of these were built by Viswakarama (Hindus God of Archtecture) in a single night. It is also said that darsan of both temples is necessary for darsan labh.
The temples are built with dark nut color stones. Baijnathji temple is huge and in good condition. The walls are full with engraved God and Gddess (you can watch my vedio on Youtube my channel name is drrpsharma50). Sidthnathji temple is though in bad state but in this temple you can perform pooja by him self as there is no pujjari. I have always find here a bucate filled with water for oftering to lord Shiv. The ling and Naagraj are also very impressiv.
According to Historians these temples were built very famous brahmin king Sansaar Chandra, the rular of Nagarkot Kila (Kangra, which is the only fort of India which has not been won by any one in battle field and also having all documentory evidences of its rulers (it is available in the personal library of Dr. Karn Singh M.P. the son of Maharaaja Kashmir. According to some (Rahul Sankratayan) it was built by a rich merchant who use to do bussiness with Middle east countries. Baijnathji located at a centre point on the old bussiness route to middle east.

Mata Ashapuri Temple

This temple located at the top of the hill in tehsil Palampur (H.P) Himachal Pradesh. This is one of the very famous temples in district- Kangra. It’s comes under those temples which was built by Pandavas when they visit Himachal Pradesh during their “Ban-bas” time period. Distance from Palampur to Mata Ashapuri is 25 KM. It will take hardly 2-3 hours from Palampur to Ashapuri. There are also bus services or you can hire a Taxi from Palampur. On the way you can see The Ashapuri is surrounding with green hills, small rivers, small waterfalls etc which gives you full peace of mind and unbelievable journey experience. I’m sure if anyone will visit to Ashapuri he will never want to come back to his home, because it is situated on the top of hill so it will give you eye catching views which you will never see before. You will feel like the real Heaven on earth.

Kanjak pujan

kanjak pujan was started in West Bengal by Ramkrishna Paramhansa. It is done on eighth or the ninth day of Navratras. In this article we discuss the significance of the Kanya puja also known as kanjak puja and its relevance in the modern times.

kanjak pujan as the name suggests is the tradition in which girls in their pre-puberty age are worshiped as a reflection of divine energy. The word Kanya is a derivative of Sanskrit word Kaumarya which means a virgin. The belief is that as soon as the girl reaches puberty the divine forces leave the body. We are not trying to justify if the tradition is wrong or right. The word is also used for referring to Goddess Durga in her childhood. Unmarried young girls are worshiped as Goddess Durga during Kanya pujan or kanjak puja.

Let us first start with the history of the kanjak pujan. Although being very popular in Bengal and Nepal, it is a tradition that is practiced all over India. Irrespective of the fact where a Hindu is found in the world, they observe kanjak Pujan in one form or the other.

kanjak Pujan has been discussed in the ancient scriptures. It is said that the Goddess Chandi declared that she is manifest in all females in the universe and the entire set of rituals celebrates this spirit. As a part of the rituals a girl is chosen as a Kanya , a divine being.

Raksha Bandhan

Rakhi is a symbol of harmony in India. The Raksha Bandhan festival represents the spirit of fraternity. It is a traditional way to celebrate the unconditional love between siblings. The word ‘Raksha’ means protection and ‘Bandhan’ signifies bondage. Rakhi is a sacred thread which is available in varied colours and designs. The sister ties this thread on her brother’s wrist to protect him from all types of negativity in life. The brother also vows to protect his loving sister by offering her a suitable gift. This festival that glorifies precious emotions of love, care and affection, usually falls in late August.

In India, Rakhi celebrations are about strengthening the bond of love between brothers and sisters and fostering brotherhood… This festival is not a ritual, custom and tradition that can change over time but its style of celebration has become contemporary. Since ages, Raksha Bandhan is being celebrated in the same way. All the traditions are followed with the same enthusiasm. The gaieties have only blown up to a larger scale. Rakhi festival is the celebration of the chaste bond of love amongst the siblings.

On the day of Rakhi festival, the festivity of this auspicious day begin by the day break. After taking bath early morning, people get ready by wearing new clothes and gather for worshiping. After invoking the the blessings of the Gods, the sister performs brother’s arti, puts tika and chawal on his forehead and ties Rakhi amongst chanting of mantras. Sisters whole heartedly give sweets to their brothers to eat which in turns add more sweetness in the Raksha Bandhan celebration and pray for their well being. In return, brothers pamper their sisters and present beautiful gifts to lure them. They also promise to take care of her and stand by her side in any circumstances.

ठाकुरद्वारा-सुजानपुर

ठाकुरद्वारा-सुजानपुर मार्ग पर स्थित बाबा भीखाशाह की मजार लोगों की अटूट आस्था का केंद्र बनी रहती है। यहां प्रतिवर्ष ज्येष्ठ माह की संक्रांति से मेला आरंभ होता है, जो 9 दिनों तक चलता है। लगभग तीन सौ वर्ष पूर्व लंबागांव के नाग वन में फकीर मस्त अली शाह तपस्या में लीन रहते थे। एक बार फकीर पंडित के घर गए। पंडित संतान न होने से दुखी था। फकीर ने पंडित को एक फल भेंट कर पत्नी को खिलाने को दिया और कहा कि उसके घर दो संतानें पैदा होंगी। फकीर ने कहा कि बड़ा लड़का मुझे दे देना। समय के साथ पंडित के यहां दो बेटों ने जन्म लिया, जिनके नाम भीखू तथा भोंदू रखे। पंडित फकीर को दिया वचन भूल गया और लगभग पांच वर्ष बाद फकीर ने पंडित के घर दस्तक दी और वचन याद दिलाया। पंडित को बड़ा बेटा फकीर को देना पड़ा और छोटा बेटा भी उनके साथ हो लिया। दोनों फकीर से शिक्षा ग्रहण करने लगे। एक बार दोनों गांव में भिक्षा मांगने गए। वहां एक वृद्धा रो रही थी। पूछने पर उसने बताया कि उसकी गाय मर गई थी। उन्होंने लोटे में पानी मंगवाया और गाय पर पानी के छींटे डाले और गाय जीवित हो गई।… इस घटना का पता जब फकीर को लगा तो फकीर ने कहा, उन्हें ऐसा नहीं करना चाहिए। एक दिन दोनों लकडि़यां लेने के लिए जंगल में गए, तो देखा कि कुछ लोग अर्थी लेकर जा रहे थे। एक बार फिर दोनों ने मृत आदमी को पानी के छींटे देकर जीवित कर दिया। गुस्से से फकीर अपना चिमटा गर्म कर दोनों की ओर भागे। चमत्कारी गुरु ने एक साथ दोनों का पीछा किया। भीखू ने भवारना पहुंचकर धरती मां से शरण की गुहार लगाई, जिससे धरती फट गई और भीखू उसमें समा गया। जबकि भोंदू नादौन में धरती में समा गया। इसके बाद फकीर को भी किसी ने नहीं देखा। भीखू ने जहां समाधि ली थी, उस स्थान पर कांगड़ा के राजा संसार चंद ने मजार बनवाकर उसको पक्का करवाया, जो आज भीखाशाह के नाम से विख्यात है।

Sankat mochan Bhaleth

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is one of the sacred temples of the Hindu God Hanuman ji. It is situated on the banks of beas river in Bhaleth village. The people has specifically named his deity “Sankat Mochan Darwar” which means the temple of Hanuman ji.

In the temple, offerings to Lord Hanuman are sold like the special sweet “besan ke ladoo”, which the devotees relish; the idol is also decked with a pleasant marigold flower garland as well. This temple has the unique distinction of having Lord Hanuman facing his Lord, Rama, whom he worshiped with steadfast and selfless devotion.

Baba Balakrupi Temple

Baba Balakrupi Temple is a famous Hindu shrine, situated in Garoru village at a distance of 2 km from Joginder Nagar. The Garoru village is also known as Balakrupi village because of this temple. It is dedicated to Lord Balak Nath, who is considered as one of the 9 “Nathas” and 84 “Sidhas”.

The name Balakrupi means ‘Incarnation as a Male Child’ and is used for Lord Balak Nath as it is believed that he is the re-incarnation of Lord Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The temple is known for few interesting rituals and events like: an special Hindu tradition and ritual of cutting down the hair of 2 and half year old children known as ‘Mundan Sanskar’ and an annual fair which is held at the temple premises on every Saturday of a particular month.

Himachali Dham

Dham play very important role in Himachali marriage. It is the function in which all family member, relatives and villagers are invited for lunch. The overall function start with Ladies Sangeet. Amongst festive foods, the traditional meal, Dham, which consists of various cuisines served in small portions finds instant mention. Dham is prepared by boti’s who have been in this profession for generations. The utensils used for cooking the food are normally copper ones.

The process for Dham start one day before the function, and when ready, it is served in courses to people who sit on floor in the form of rows. The food is served in Pattals (plate made of leaf) and thermocol plates. Dishes include plain rice, Madra (Sepu badi/Mukund badi, Rajmah, White grams, Paneer etc), Palda (a curd based dish or curry), mustard based raita (Mathdi), pulses and Meethe chawal( sweet rice) or Mithdee (made of boondi, Bread crumbs etc).

HIMACHAL ROAD TRANSPORT CORPORATION

At the time of Independence, Himachal was formed as a “C” class State by merger of 33 hilly States of North-Western Himalayas on 15th April, 1948. Passenger and goods services were nationalized in the Pradesh in July, 1949. During the year 1958, a Corporation, “Mandi-Kullu Road Transport Corporation” was floated jointly by the Govt. of Punjab, Himachal and Railways under the Road Transport Corporation Act, 1950 basically to operate on the joint routes in the States of Punjab and Himachal. With the re-organization of Punjab State in 1966, few hilly areas of Punjab were merged in Himachal and operational areas of Mandi-Kullu Road Transport Corporation came entirely in the expanded State of Himachal. On 02.10.1974, Himachal Govt. Transport was merged with Mandi-Kullu Road Transport Corporation and was renamed what even today is known as Himachal Road Transport Corporation.

After the formation of Himachal on 15th July, 1948 the network of roads had received top-most priority of the Government. At present the road network is widely spread in Himachal. In 1974 total routes operated by HRTC were 379 which have grown to 2325 in March 2016 and the fleet strength has grown from 733 to 2645 in March 2016.
Bus remains the sole mode of passenger transportation in the state as railways have a negligible presence in the State. The narrow gauge lines connecting Pathankot with Jogindernagar and Kalka with Shimla are so slow moving that a very small percentage of traffic is carried by them at present; thereby leaving the onus of carrying the passenger traffic on to bus transport.

Himachali Marriage

Marriage is an important ceremony in Himachal. The parents are also the closer elders relatives begin to look around for suitable matches as soon as the child is old enough. Sometimes a middleman is used as a match-maker known as Roovary, Dhamu or Mazomi. He finds out the details about the social and financial standing of the family and the final decision is taken on the basis of the horoscopes. Matches in the same Gotra are not considered very good. When the match is settled the ritual gift called Tika is sent. The groom and his family are invited to tea. On this occasion ritual songs are sung and sweets are distributed. In the tribal areas both the parties exchange Chhang (rice wine) and close relatives are invited to participate in the ceremony. In some areas during the various festivals, gifts of jewellery and clothes are sent to the betrothed.

The date for the wedding is set in consultation with the priest. Every community,region,religion has its own set of customs and manners. Marriage system Himachal is little differ from rest of India. The marriage customs of all district is different from one another. Bride and Groom are carried in Palki. Boy has to wear Dhoti to perform some rituals in marriage. Girl normally wear a suit and Ghagri. Bride is given jewelry ,cloths etc by grooms family. Bride is also given jewelry by her maternal uncle and family. Dham (Lunch served) is one of attraction of Himachali marriage.

Jaisinghpur

Jaisinghpur is a small town and Sub-Division in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It was named after the name of Katoch king of Princely ordered state Kangra-Lambagraon, Maharaja Jai Singh. It is situated on the bank of river Beas. There are several notable temples in the town such as Janaki Nath temple, Radhey Krishan temple near Bus Adda,Laxmi Narayan temple, Baba Mani Ram Temple, Neel Kanth Mahadev Temple, Dhudu Mahadev Mandir, Guga temple (Called Gangoti near Shitala Mata Mandir), Shitala Mata temple, a Dargah midtown, popularly known as Baba Shah Mast Ali Dargah and a Gurudwara on Jaisinghpur Lambagoan road. Shitala Mata temple is famous temple of the town on Tinbar-Palampur road. Another famous temple is Jankinath temple.

There are many natural water resources in the town.’Baayein’ near PWD Rest House and ‘Naoun’ is favorite place for all boys to have fun by swimming in summer, however it serves the major water need of people. Jaisinghpur is also famous for its vegetable production on the banks of Beas river the spot is popularly known as Bhuare ke Bagh. Once Jaisinghpur was also famous for vegetable growing on the banks of river Beas i.e. popularly known as bhuaray ka bagh. But nowadays the growing of crops including vegetables has been stopped in Jainsinghpur and entire adjoining area because of the increase of stray animals, monkeys, wild pigs, rabbits, deer’s (Kakkar, Barahsinga and neel gaye), which spoil crops completely.

The menace of wild and stray animals has increased nowadays manifold probably because tigers/leopards which were responsible for keeping such animals under control have been killed by local poachers.

Jaisinghpur has been also known as the first place in Kangra or perhaps in entire Himachal for staging Ramlila festival. Ramlila of Jaisinghpur started some 90 years ago and almost all the actors were Brahmin, mainly from Awasthi community. Pandit Balkishan Awasthi, a native of Jaisinghpur who lived in Mumbai for his work and also associated with theatre there, have brought all the Drama items required for Ramlila from Mumbai and started Ramlila festival single-handedly at Jaisinghpur. He used to play the role of Ravana in the Ramlila and become very popular because of his dialogue delivery in strong deep voice and due to his tall, handsome personality. The uniqueness of the Ramlila was the Sanskrit language used at that time, most Ramlilas in North India are based on the 16th century Avadhi version of Ramayana, Ramcharitmanas, written by Gosvami Tulsidas entirely in verse, thus used as dialogues in most traditional versions.

Jaisinghpur is also famous for its annual fair also known as holian which are celebrated in the month of march during the colour festival of holi. The Holian of Jaisinghpur are famous for its mouth watering aalu chholey and Jalebi and continues for almost a week. Holding of Kushti (wrestling) at Dargah during Holis is an annual affair watched by several visitors.

Famous Chat Shop in Sujanpur

Aloo Chat (chole), tikki Shop in Sujanpur Tihra is one of most famous shop and whenever we get chance to visit Sujanpur Tihra We eat Aloo chat chole. Since our childhood we never forget this shop. It looks very small shop. If you visit any time during the day you can see huge number of people in queue. Schools or colleges students always in the queue in the shop and eats Aloo chola, tikki Chaat which are very testy. We don’t how exactly they prepare all the items which is Aloo Chole, Aloo Tikki, Smosa, Dhai Bhala etc. All the people who are belong to Sujanpur Tihra like Alampur, Thural, Jangal Beri and many others near wise. If they visit Sujanpur they love to eat Aloo chole in this shop. We stays in Delhi and whenever we visit our home town we eat Aloo Chole special shop. During this holi festival we also got a chance to eat Aloo Chat. We hope if you read this article and get a chance to visit Sujanpur Tihra dont forget to visit Sonu Chat Bhandar is one of the best shop for Aloo chat.

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