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The Route to visit the shaktipeeths: Naina Devi-Chintpurni ji-Jwalamukhi ji-Bajreshwari DeviChamunda ji. Naina Devi is near to Anandpur Sahib, Chintpurni is 105 km from Naina Devi, Jwala Devi ji is 34 km from Chintpurni, Bajreshwari Devi is 35 km from Jwala ji and Chamunda ji is 24 km from Kangra.
Kinnaur Famous Places
photo : Sangla Mountains ViewSangla : ( 2,680 metres ) It is an important village of the Baspa valley situated on the right bank of Baspa river is built on a slope with houses rising one above other with gigantic 'Kinner Kailash' peak ( 6,500 meters ) towering from behind is also famous for 'Kamru Fort'. This fort was the place where so many Rajas of Kinnaur were crowned. The entire place is adorned by soothing saffon fields and alpine meadows.
photo : Rakchham Village Rakchham : ( 2,900 metres ) Its name has been derived from 'Rak' a stone and 'Chham' a bridge. The location of the village is striking. It is located on the right bank of the Baspa river. It is said that in the earlier time there was a natural stone bridge over the Baspa river hence the name of the village.
photo : Kalpa VillageKalpa :
photo : Temple at Kothi Kothi : It is also called Koshtampi. The ancient villages of Pangi. It is little below Kalpa proper and it is overshadowed by Kinner Kailash peak. The village with its attractive temple.( 2. Local village deity is Deodum and another Lagang temple with several idols exist here. 'Parvati Kund' is located on the top of Kinner Kailash. This Sivalinga changes the colour as the day passes.662 meters ) It is the highest village in the valley and the existence of lake formed out of the masses of ice and snow above adds to beauty of the village. Kinner Kailash mountain is regarded as one of the mythical homes of Lord Shiva. This mountain changes colors several times a day with a change of weather conditions or may be as destined by Lord Shiva his eternal abode. Also visible on the stretch is the peak of Raldang (5499 m). gracious willows. There is a staying hut for visitors. Situated about 2 kms. It is the District Headquarter having a panoramic view of Kinner Kailash. located 235 km from Shimla. . fruit trees makes an altogether a beautiful landscape.670 metres ) It is one of the main villages of the district connected by link road 14 km. Reckong Peo has many hotels and rest houses. Goddess 'Shuwang Chandika' temple is a famous one in the village. green fields. above the Hangrang valley road and is 103 kms. photo : Nako Village and Lake Nako : ( 3. from Kalpa on the western direction of the huge mountain of Pargial. from Powari beyond Rekong Peo. Looming in front of Kalpa is an imressive view of 'Kinner Kailash' directly across the Satluj river. here is a 79 feet high rock formation that resembles Sivalinga. Moorang and Kanum are situated close to Kalpa. photo : Circuit House at Recong Peo Recong Peo : Reckong Peo is situated at an altitude of 2670 m from the sea level. There is a Buddhist Monasteries in the Reckong Peo.
The goddess has a mouthpiece.058 meters) It is in Kinnaur district and is a collection of four hamlets in pargana 'Shuwa' subtehsil Hangrang. The ark has got 18 'mukh'. the main one said to have been constructed about 500 years ago by a resident of Garhwal. There is a road along the left bank from Karchham. The local deity is Urmig and there are three structures dedicated to the deity each existing in Thwaring. It is encircled on every side by high hills which is a witness to the presence of a former lake. above Wangtu. Generally these are empty as the ark of the deity remains in the fort. The location is very beautiful and approach to this picturesque village is through apricot orchards. The square ark of the goddess. Ghoral . The scenery is enchanting. gold and brass.450 meters) This is the last and highest village in the Baspa valley in district Kinnaur. Two poles called bayanga are inserted into it by means of which it is carried. It is situated on the right bank of Baspa river. Garmang and Shilling. black & red bears are seen sometimes in higher ranges. This village is under the influence of Buddhism. Morang : ( 2. antelopes. situated near the left bank of Taiti stream.'Dabla' and 'Yalsa'. made of silver. away from Kalpa on the left bank of river Satluj. Nichar : ( 2.591 metres ) This village is situated 39 kms. On a sacred day the ark is taken to the above named places. Lippa : (2.745 meters) It is in Kinnaur. . Chango : (3.photo : Chitkul Road Chitkul : (3. but there are some local Hindu deities too namely 'Gyalba' . which are dedicated to Galdang.150 metres ) This village is situated between Taranda & Wangtu on the left bank of Satluj about 5 kms. The 18 mukh represents the 18 days of the great epic Mahabharat. There are three temples of local goddess Mathi. The place is also famous for Ibex found in the nearby forest. on the left bank of Spiti river. This is the last and highest village in the Baspa valley. Three Buddhist monasteries are there. is made of walnut wood and is covered with clothes and surmounted by a tuft of yak tail. Chhoiker Dunguir and Kangyar.
clay idols and contemporary wall paintings. There is an image of gold. Her temple at Ropa. A large image of Avalokiteshwara. jump to top Kinnaur Famous Temples photo : Chandika TempleChandika Temple at Kothi : A handsome temple dedicated to goddess Chandika. a new prayer hall. . seated in an ark. photo : Chango Temple Chango Temple : Chango has three temples. In lower Chango.The local people hold the goddess in great reverence and consider her to be one of the most powerful goddess. Durga / shakti Temple : There is a Durga temple at Ropa also known as the Chandika temple. library and guest rooms are nearing completion. more especially designated as Shuwang Chandika has spread the fame of village Kothi in greater part of the district. Then the present location was though. is an artitectural malapropism. a new structure with a reinforced cement concrete frame. crudely carved in stone. the red walls of Rinchen Zangpo temple stand out atop a little promontorybut contain little of note. in more regular use as a place of worship. It is a beautiful place. It is danced up and down by four persons at the time of worship. Chandika had apportioned to herself this semi-arid tract when she divided Kinnaur amongst her brothers and sisters.Karchham : ( 1. the village temple. Nearby.900 metres ) The confluence of Satluj and Baspa rivers marks the location of Karchham on Hindustan-Tibet road. Close by. has a large prayer wheel. The temple in upper Chango is the best kept but of relatively recent vintage. For want of social contact by the local people with their more advanced and brahmin ridden brethren they have evolved their own peculiar procedure of ritual and worship to this presiding deity. It was found in some out of the way and the monks decided to place it in a temple but the combined strength of many men was insufficient to lift the stone. lies on the path between these two shrines.
Mathi is the local goddess of the people of chhitkul having three temples the main one said to have been constructed about five hundred years ago by a resident of Garhwal. Nako : It is the highest village in the valley and the existence of lake formed out of the masses of ice and snow above adds to beauty of the village. Local village deity is Deodum and another Lagang temple with several idols exist here. jump to top . The square ark of the goddess is made of walnut wood and is covered with clothes and surmounted by a tuft of yak tail. absorbed into the pantheon of the later religion. On the water's northern side.and the village seems to be half buried by the lake's borders. In all likelihood Rangrik Tungma must have been a pre-Buddhist deity. The temple takes its name from the goddess Rangrik Tungma and her small metal image. There is a staying hut for visitors. astride a horse is the oldest at the temple. a Maitreya seated with legs pendant. The lake is surrounded by willow and polar trees. The walls of the main hall are linked with clay idols. in bhadrasana and a Buddha in bhumisparsha mudra. Two other bronze statues appear to be of considerable value. It freezes in winter and people enjoy skating on this lake. There is a small village on the bank of this lake . in the same style as the mandala in the dukhang at Tabo. Mathi Temple : This temple is located at Chitkul. above the Hangrang valley road and is 103 kms. Two poles called bayanga are inserted into it by means of which it is carried.Charang Temple : Just beyond Charang is a temple of the eleventh century known as Rangrik Tungma complex. jump to top Kinnaur Famous Lakes photo : Nako LakeNako Lake : This beautiful is located in the Pooh sub-division of district Kinnaur. Near Nako is a footprint-like impression ascribed to the saint Padmasambhava. from Kalpa on the western direction of the huge mountain of Pargial. are four Buddhist temples with stucco images and murals. Situated about 2 kms.
dry coniferous forest. Annual Rainfall : mean annual rainfall is 226. dry alpine scrub and dwarf juniper scrub. Musk Deer. Leopard. It was first notified as a sanctuary in 1962 and re-notified on 27th March 1974. Brown Bear. ). Ibex. upper western Himalayan temperate forest. Ibex.090 hectares ( 30. blue Sheep and Yak. dry broad leaved and coniferous forest. like a huge plateau.Kinnaur Wild Life Sanctuaries photo : Ibex Lippa Asrang Sanctuary : Altitude : varies from 4000 meters to 5022 meters. Kharsu Oak forests. The area is largely flat. km. Area : 3. Flora Forest types include lower western Himalayan temperate forest. Goral. brown Bear. Temperature : temprature varies from -10 to 15°C. Location : nearest town is Morang. This sanctuary is located on the high altitude area and one of the few in India from where the yak has been reported. Monal and Himalayan snowcock. Fauna ( Mammals ) Himalayan Black Bear. and a part of it is barren cold desert. though it may well be feral.3 mm. Musk Deer and Ibex are also present.90 sq. Species believed to be locally threatened are Musk deer. Approaches : Kinnaur to Morang to inside sanctuary. Goral. photo : Musk DeerRakchaam Chitkul Sanctuary : . Leopard.
Goral. km. Location : nearest town is Kalpa. ). Govind Pashu Vihar sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh falls adjacent to its southern boundary. upper western Himalayan temperate forest. Flora Forest types include lower western Himalayan temperate forest.Altitude : varies from 3200 meters to 5486 meters.411 hectares ( 34. Annual Rainfall : mean annual rainfall is 45 mm. dry broad leaved coniferous.9 mm. Approaches : Kinnaur to Kalpa to inside sanctuary. Musk deer. and little beyond the eastern boundary of the sanctuary lies the Tibetan Plateau of China. Fauna ( Mammals ) Himalayan Black Bear. Area : 3. photo : Snow LeopardRupi Bhaba Sanctuary : Altitude : varies from 909 meters to 5650 meters. Annual Rainfall : mean annual rainfall is 463. Annual Snowfall : mean annual rainfall is 1130 mm. This sanctuary is located at high altitude and is a good habitat for the endangered Musk deer. . Leopard and blue Sheep Fauna ( Fish ) Brown Trout. dry temperate coniferous and dry alpine scrub. It was first notified as a sanctuary in 1962 and re-notified on 27th March 1974. Brown Bear. Temperature : temprature varies from -10 to 15°C.11 sq. Annual Snowfall : mean annual rainfall is 300 mm.
Kharsu Oak. namdas. Approaches : Shimla to Rampur Bushahr to inside sanctuary or Kinnaur to Rampur Bushahr to inside sanctuary. dry broad leaved coniferous. colts. pashminas. dry temperate coniferous and Alpine pastures. The Great Himalayan and pin Valley National Parks are located on its western and northern boundaries. chilgoza. It was first notified as a sanctuary on 28th March 1982 and re-notified on 30th June 1982. Fauna ( Mammals ) Himalayan Black Bear. Ibex. In ancient. Goral. Serow. Leopard. It is three hundred years old fair and also a . Flora Forest types include lower western Himalayan temperate. red Fox. mules. woollens. yaks. pattis. jump to top Kinnaur Fairs and Festivals Fairs in Kinnaur Lavi Fair : This fair is held in the month of October or November every at Rampur Bushahr. Tibet and Kinnaur had good trade relations and Lavi fair is the outcome of business interest of both sides. Snow Leopard. A remarkably wide variation in altitudes supports a large diversity of habitats and wild life in this catchment area of the Satluj river. blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr. Location : nearest town is Rampur Bushahr. People from other areas in general and tribal belt in particular participate in this fair with horses. respectively. Brown Bear. raw semi-finished wool and other dry fruits produced in the state are brought for selling.Temperature : temprature varies from -10 to 20°C. barking and Musk Deer.
4 During day time. folks dances and music around small bonfires are organised. Each day of the festival is called by different names and several peculiar functions are held each day. At night. sing and drink in gay mood forgetting everything else for the time being. Offerings are made to local goddess. Phagul or Shuskal Festival : It is celebrated in the month of February/March. Phul Yatra Fair : It denotes the start of a closing season in this snow bound valley. On this day the people take their bath in the natural springs and few even go to Satluj river for bathing if they happen to live near the river. The tribal people enjoy. pulses. One of the main features of these fairs is folk dance. Baisakhi or Beash : It is celebrated in the month of April.state fair. Thereafter the deity is believed to have gone to Kinner Kailash. . hectic trade activities are witnessed all over the town. It continues for three days. vegetables. On the last day a feast is prepared and people worship kali on the roof of the houses and then partake of the food. In this festival the sprit of Kanda (Peaks) called Kali is mainly worshiped. Mask dance and lion dance are also very famous. chilta and pug are the principal dishes prepared on this occasion. Poltus. the festivals lasts about a fornight and is celebrated all over Kinnaur. The hearth is also worshiped near Noon time. In the morning the family god is worshiped with the food except meat. The image of the goddess is brought out of the temple and a fair is held in the Santang. It is believed that after the function and festival are celebrated with full zeal Kali the spirit feels happy and blesses the villagers with prosperity and plenty in the coming years. in whose honour it is celebrated. the deity is brought out and worshiped with wine and halwa A fold dance is held. It is an occasion to get together and to dance and drink. New woolen clothes are worn from the wool spun during the winter. dance. halva. Halwa and Keyshid. In Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti some annuar fairs are held which have left deep impression on the community life of the tribals. meat. This festival marks the end of winter season also. Festivals in Kinnaur Sazo or Sajo Festival : This festival is observed in the month of January. rice. The villagers prepare food like Poltu.
It is meant to ward off evil spirits. A white flag on which some Buddhist mantras are written is fixes there as a sort of prayer for the peace of departed soul. Priest's words are taken for granted by local people. The deity is brought out and the villagers dance before her. Tribal Festival : Tribal Festival is being celebrated since 1994 from 30 October to 2nd November every year at District Headquarter Reckong Peo and this festival has been declared as State Level festival and has been celebrated since 1987 under different names like Janjatiya Utsav. participants from other districts/states also present and perform culture programmes symbolising national integration and brotherhood. While the elderly person betow their losuma shalkid or blessings. Zongor and loskar flowers are brought from the kand peak and their garlands are offered to the goddess. People from each household proceed towards hilltops to collect flowers. \ . On this day in the morning a special preparation of parched barley mixed with butter milk is taken by all the family members and they put on garlands of chilgoza visits to the neighbours and friends are reciprocated and greetings of losuma tashi meaning happy new year are exchanged. Lossar : Loser is celebrated in the month of December to welcome the new year. Phulech Festival : Celebrated only in Kinnaur region in the month of Bhadon or in the beginning of Asauj. On this day it is customary to fetch small branches of a throny bush and place it on the doors.photo : Dakhraini FestivalDakhraini Festival : This festival is celebrated in the month of the July. One or two members from the family where death might have occurred before this festival go to the peak of the hill and ofter some food and fruits to shepherd in memory of the departed soul. handicraft and artifacts. Priest makes forecasts about crops and changes in seasons etc. On the next day these throny twigs are removed and thrown far away from the village and a feast follows in the night. which are offered to village deity and afterwards these flower garlands are distributed among the people. On this day a feast is served. Phulaich Utsav and also as Tribal Festival. Two or three days before the losar festival khepa is observed. Besides the Kinnauri culture groups. This festival not only depicts the panorama of rich culture heritage of district but also provides an opportunity to the local people to sell/exhibit their horticulture/agriculture produce. After this these flowers are distributed among the villagers.
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