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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 :
here is a 79 feet high rock formation that resembles Sivalinga. Reckong Peo has many hotels and rest houses. Also visible on the stretch is the peak of Raldang (5499 m). 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. from Kalpa on the western direction of the huge mountain of Pargial. Looming in front of Kalpa is an imressive view of 'Kinner Kailash' directly across the Satluj river. There is a Buddhist Monasteries in the Reckong Peo. Local village deity is Deodum and another Lagang temple with several idols exist here. Moorang and Kanum are situated close to Kalpa. Goddess 'Shuwang Chandika' temple is a famous one in the village. from Powari beyond Rekong Peo. photo : Circuit House at Recong Peo Recong Peo : Reckong Peo is situated at an altitude of 2670 m from the sea level. This Sivalinga changes the colour as the day passes. Kinner Kailash mountain is regarded as one of the mythical homes of Lord Shiva. The ancient villages of Pangi. There is a staying hut for visitors. It is the District Headquarter having a panoramic view of Kinner Kailash. located 235 km from Shimla. photo : Nako Village and Lake Nako : ( 3. above the Hangrang valley road and is 103 kms. photo : Temple at Kothi Kothi : It is also called Koshtampi. 'Parvati Kund' is located on the top of Kinner Kailash. fruit trees makes an altogether a beautiful landscape.( 2. The village with its attractive temple. It is little below Kalpa proper and it is overshadowed by Kinner Kailash peak. Situated about 2 kms. gracious willows. . green fields.670 metres ) It is one of the main villages of the district connected by link road 14 km.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.
150 metres ) This village is situated between Taranda & Wangtu on the left bank of Satluj about 5 kms. It is encircled on every side by high hills which is a witness to the presence of a former lake. The local deity is Urmig and there are three structures dedicated to the deity each existing in Thwaring. is made of walnut wood and is covered with clothes and surmounted by a tuft of yak tail.photo : Chitkul Road Chitkul : (3. situated near the left bank of Taiti stream. gold and brass. The ark has got 18 'mukh'. Lippa : (2. Three Buddhist monasteries are there.591 metres ) This village is situated 39 kms. black & red bears are seen sometimes in higher ranges.450 meters) This is the last and highest village in the Baspa valley in district Kinnaur. This is the last and highest village in the Baspa valley. This village is under the influence of Buddhism. Garmang and Shilling. Ghoral . There are three temples of local goddess Mathi. which are dedicated to Galdang. On a sacred day the ark is taken to the above named places. made of silver. There is a road along the left bank from Karchham. The location is very beautiful and approach to this picturesque village is through apricot orchards. The scenery is enchanting. Morang : ( 2. The 18 mukh represents the 18 days of the great epic Mahabharat. but there are some local Hindu deities too namely 'Gyalba' . also famous for Ibex found in the nearby forest. above Wangtu. It is situated on the right bank of Baspa river. away from Kalpa on the left bank of river Satluj. Generally these are empty as the ark of the deity remains in the fort. The square ark of the goddess. Chango : (3. Chhoiker Dunguir and Kangy The place is ar. Nichar : ( 2. antelopes. Two poles called bayanga are inserted into it by means of which it is carried. The goddess has a mouthpiece. the main one said to have been constructed about 500 years ago by a resident of Garhwal.'Dabla' and 'Yalsa'.745 meters) It is in Kinnaur. on the left bank of Spiti river.058 meters) It is in Kinnaur district and is a collection of four hamlets in pargana 'Shuwa' subtehsil Hangrang. .
photo : Chango Temple Chango Temple : Chango has three temples. Durga / shakti Temple : There is a Durga temple at Ropa also known as the Chandika temple. The temple in upper Chango is the best kept but of relatively recent vintage. a new prayer hall.Karchham : ( 1. lies on the path between these two shrines. Her temple at Ropa. has a large prayer wheel.The local people hold the goddess in great reverence and consider her to be one of the most powerful goddess.900 metres ) The confluence of Satluj and Baspa rivers marks the location of Karchham on Hindustan-Tibet road. It is danced up and down by four persons at the time of worship. In lower Chango. in more regular use as a place of worship. There is an image of gold. clay idols and contemporary wall paintings. Close by. is an artitectural malapropism. Nearby. Chandika had apportioned to herself this semi-arid tract when she divided Kinnaur amongst her brothers and sisters. 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. jump to top Kinnaur Famous Temples photo : Chandika TempleChandika Temple at Kothi : A handsome temple dedicated to goddess Chandika. a new structure with a reinforced cement concrete frame. the village temple. more especially designated as Shuwang Chandika has spread the fame of village Kothi in greater part of the district. library and guest rooms are nearing completion. 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. . seated in an ark. crudely carved in stone. A large image of Avalokiteshwara. Then the present location was though. the red walls of Rinchen Zangpo temple stand out atop a little promontorybut contain little of note. It is a beautiful place.
astride a horse is the oldest at the temple. in bhadrasana and a Buddha in bhumisparsha mudra.and the village seems to be half buried by the lake's borders. jump to top Kinnaur Famous Lakes photo : Nako LakeNako Lake : This beautiful is located in the Pooh sub-division of district Kinnaur.Charang Temple : Just beyond Charang is a temple of the eleventh century known as Rangrik Tungma complex. The lake is surrounded by willow and polar trees. The walls of the main hall are linked with clay idols. are four Buddhist temples with stucco images and murals. Mathi Temple : This temple is located at Chitkul. Two poles called bayanga are inserted into it by means of which it is carried. Local village deity is Deodum and another Lagang temple with several idols exist here. The temple takes its name from the goddess Rangrik Tungma and her small metal image. above the Hangrang valley road and is 103 kms. in the same style as the mandala in the dukhang at Tabo. It freezes in winter and people enjoy skating on this lake. 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. There is a staying hut for visitors. Two other bronze statues appear to be of considerable value. a Maitreya seated with legs pendant. absorbed into the pantheon of the later religion. There is a small village on the bank of this lake . jump to top . 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. On the water's northern side. from Kalpa on the western direction of the huge mountain of Pargial. Situated about 2 kms. The square ark of the goddess is made of walnut wood and is covered with clothes and surmounted by a tuft of yak tail. Near Nako is a footprint-like impression ascribed to the saint Padmasambhava. In all likelihood Rangrik Tungma must have been a pre-Buddhist deity.
Area : 3. Annual Rainfall : mean annual rainfall is 226. blue Sheep and Yak. Location : nearest town is Morang. Temperature : temprature varies from -10 to 15°C. Ibex. Ibex. Species believed to be locally threatened are Musk deer. brown Bear. ). dry coniferous forest. km. Goral.090 hectares ( 30.Kinnaur Wild Life Sanctuaries photo : Ibex Lippa Asrang Sanctuary : Altitude : varies from 4000 meters to 5022 meters. Musk Deer. Fauna ( Mammals ) Himalayan Black Bear. dry alpine scrub and dwarf juniper scrub. The area is largely flat. Approaches : Kinnaur to Morang to inside sanctuary. This sanctuary is located on the high altitude area and one of the few in India from where the yak has been reported. Leopard. upper western Himalayan temperate forest. Monal and Himalayan snowcock. photo : Musk DeerRakchaam Chitkul Sanctuary : . dry broad leaved and coniferous forest. Flora Forest types include lower western Himalayan temperate forest. Leopard. Brown Bear.90 sq.3 mm. Goral. It was first notified as a sanctuary in 1962 and re-notified on 27th March 1974. Kharsu Oak forests. and a part of it is barren cold desert. like a huge plateau. though it may well be feral. Musk Deer and Ibex are also present.
Area : 3. and little beyond the eastern boundary of the sanctuary lies the Tibetan Plateau of China. Govind Pashu Vihar sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh falls adjacent to its southern boundary. dry temperate coniferous and dry alpine scrub. Musk deer.411 hectares ( 34. Temperature : temprature varies from -10 to 15°C. ). Annual Snowfall : mean annual rainfall is 300 mm. dry broad leaved coniferous. This sanctuary is located at high altitude and is a good habitat for the endangered Musk deer. Annual Rainfall : mean annual rainfall is 463. Annual Rainfall : mean annual rainfall is 45 mm.11 sq. km. It was first notified as a sanctuary in 1962 and re-notified on 27th March 1974. photo : Snow LeopardRupi Bhaba Sanctuary : Altitude : varies from 909 meters to 5650 meters. .9 mm. Fauna ( Mammals ) Himalayan Black Bear. Leopard and blue Sheep Fauna ( Fish ) Brown Trout. Goral. Location : nearest town is Kalpa. Approaches : Kinnaur to Kalpa to inside sanctuary. Flora Forest types include lower western Himalayan temperate forest.Altitude : varies from 3200 meters to 5486 meters. Annual Snowfall : mean annual rainfall is 1130 mm. Brown Bear. upper western Himalayan temperate forest.
In ancient. colts. mules. dry temperate coniferous and Alpine pastures. Location : nearest town is Rampur Bushahr. Snow Leopard. dry broad leaved coniferous. raw semi-finished wool and other dry fruits produced in the state are brought for selling. People from other areas in general and tribal belt in particular participate in this fair with horses. Ibex. The Great Himalayan and pin Valley National Parks are located on its western and northern boundaries. Fauna ( Mammals ) Himalayan Black Bear. Approaches : Shimla to Rampur Bushahr to inside sanctuary or Kinnaur to Rampur Bushahr to inside sanctuary. red Fox. yaks. pattis.Temperature : temprature varies from -10 to 20°C. Goral. Serow. Brown Bear. namdas. A remarkably wide variation in altitudes supports a large diversity of habitats and wild life in this catchment area of the Satluj river. It was first notified as a sanctuary on 28th March 1982 and re-notified on 30th June 1982. Kharsu Oak. 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. It is three hundred years old fair and also a . Flora Forest types include lower western Himalayan temperate. woollens. respectively. chilgoza. Tibet and Kinnaur had good trade relations and Lavi fair is the outcome of business interest of both sides. barking and Musk Deer. Leopard. pashminas. blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr.
Each day of the festival is called by different names and several peculiar functions are held each day. On the last day a feast is prepared and people worship kali on the roof of the houses and then partake of the food. 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 festivals lasts about a fornight and is celebrated all over Kinnaur. The image of the goddess is brought out of the temple and a fair is held in the Santang. In the morning the family god is worshiped with the food except meat. The villagers prepare food like Poltu. This festival marks the end of winter season also. Baisakhi or Beash : It is celebrated in the month of April. sing and drink in gay mood forgetting everything else for the time being. the deity is brought out and worshiped with wine and halwa A fold dance is held. The hearth is also worshiped near Noon time. folks dances and music around small bonfires are organised. chilta and pug are the principal dishes prepared on this occasion. Mask dance and lion dance are also very famous. It continues for three days. Offerings are made to local goddess. New woolen clothes are worn from the wool spun during the winter. rice. meat. halva. Phagul or Shuskal Festival : It is celebrated in the month of February/March. dance. Halwa and Keyshid. . pulses. hectic trade activities are witnessed all over the town. Poltus.state fair. It is an occasion to get together and to dance and drink. In this festival the sprit of Kanda (Peaks) called Kali is mainly worshiped. At night. vegetables. Festivals in Kinnaur Sazo or Sajo Festival : This festival is observed in the month of January. The tribal people enjoy. in whose honour it is celebrated. 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.4 During day time. In Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti some annuar fairs are held which have left deep impression on the community life of the tribals. Thereafter the deity is believed to have gone to Kinner Kailash. One of the main features of these fairs is folk dance.
Phulech Festival : Celebrated only in Kinnaur region in the month of Bhadon or in the beginning of Asauj. Zongor and loskar flowers are brought from the kand peak and their garlands are offered to the goddess. A white flag on which some Buddhist mantras are written is fixes there as a sort of prayer for the peace of departed soul. People from each household proceed towards hilltops to collect flowers. Phulaich Utsav and also as Tribal Festival. 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. Besides the Kinnauri culture groups. handicraft and artifacts. Two or three days before the losar festival khepa is observed. which are offered to village deity and afterwards these flower garlands are distributed among the people. It is meant to ward off evil spirits. On the next day these throny twigs are removed and thrown far away from the village and a feast follows in the night. Lossar : Loser is celebrated in the month of December to welcome the new year. \ . participants from other districts/states also present and perform culture programmes symbolising national integration and brotherhood. 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. 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. After this these flowers are distributed among the villagers. While the elderly person betow their losuma shalkid or blessings. Priest makes forecasts about crops and changes in seasons etc. 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. On this day a feast is served. Priest's words are taken for granted by local people. 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. The deity is brought out and the villagers dance before her.
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