In Himachal, people pelt stones to appease god

By Vishal Gulati

Dhami: This Himachal Pradesh town, once a hunter’s paradise of British India, is known for a unique cultural life – a virtual shower of stones to appease Hindu goddess Kali.

A local committee, mainly comprising descendents of the erstwhile royal family, is the ritual organiser.

To avoid bloody clash, the government deploys adequate police and medical teams.

The ‘battle’ of stones commences after the deity of the Narsingh temple in over 250-year old Halog, the crumbling palace, arrives at the Kali temple also located in the town.

The stone pelting exercise takes place between the residents of Halog, the erstwhile capital of Dhami estate, and neighbouring village Jamog.

On this day, the locals buy farm implements to ensure prosperity and protection from natural calamities.

“We normally buy implements on this auspicious occasion,” farmer Bhim Sen said.

Goddess Kali personifies ‘Shakti’ or divine energy and considered the goddess of time and change and is widely worshipped in Hinduism.

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