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Shiv mandir symbol of faith for more than 150 yrs

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More than 150 years old Shiv temple; ling having an Asian Map on it Situated in the heart of Upper Kaithu region, near Police Line, stands an ancient Shiv Mandir as a symbol of religious faith for more than 150 years.

Shimla: “We can also clam it to be every more primeval as this land initially during the Raj days belonged to the Gorkhas’, who came with the Britishers and settled in this area. Considering the foundation stone of the Gorkha School that is October 21, 1911, the temple was there even before that and Gorkhas of the area use to worship there,” informed Keval Ratan Rana (84 years old), resident of the area.

There is an interesting story in context to the Shiv Ling in the temple as Chander Mohan Sharma, temple priest shares, “It is said that once a sage came and rested on this land being connected with natural source, he thought about making flower beds. While digging the soil his tool banged against a stone which immediately changed its colour and seemed exactly the way when any human gets a bruise after receives a strong blow.”

Ever since it is considers that it was Shiv’s form as all the surrounding area was a crimination ground and as per the mythology says, Shiv use to often penance at such places. According to Sharma there is a vast variety of snakes that guard the temple but however they never harm any human.

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Standing on the private land, the land owner D.N. Sood; however the temple land has been donated by his family; shares the history of the temple saying, “In the year 1880s my father and uncles came to this place also know as Lama Villa Gorkha Muhalla. Somewhere in around 1900 all of them collectively bought this land and the temple was already there, though there was nothing remarkable about its infrastructure. Over the years we developed the committee to maintain the temple and in the past few years temple has witnessed number of religious activities.”

“With the passing of time our family also constructed Lama Villa dharamshala, having 4 sets for the people to stay but since there are not many people coming from to pay homage there are being occupied as a residence and if development is done then we all are willing to get them vacated as per the agreement signed by us with the corporation in the past”, says Sood.

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“There are three natural water sources in the temple, which never dry up but one of them has been locked down as people started polluting the water source. The one which runs straight inside the temple is named Shiv Ganga. We have also connected taps to this natural water source outside the temple for the benefit of the surrounding residents of the area during the time of water scarcity”, informed Sood further.

Though Sood also considers temple’s Shiv ling to be its unique feature that makes this temple stand apart from rest of the other old temples but with a different opinion. He says, “If one takes a close look at the Ling, one can see Asia map on it. Over the years no one has ever even touched the ling or tried to do anything unnatural with it to give it two colours and appear like an Asia’s map. I think an archeological department people should come and test its authenticity and should give this miraculous wonder its due respect by making people all around the world aware about it.”

According to him there were statues drowned in the water which were taken out by the people and unfortunately were not preserved, otherwise they could have helped in establishing and tracing the original time when the temple was consecrated as in the current times one is only able to estimate the approximate time on the basic of few evidences like Ghorkaha School’s foundation stone.

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Shimla’s emerging filmmaker grabs 3 more awards for short-film “Papa”

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Shimla: Shimla-based emerging short-film maker Sidharth Chauhan (27) has grabbed more awards for his work “Papa.”  His short-film Papa has received three awards at the Vintage International Film Festival, 2018.

As per the results announced on March 20, 2018, the movie won Sidharth the best short-film award in the National category. The film also won the best director award for Siddhartha and best cinematography award for Yashwant Kumar Sharma.

The film is written, produced, and directed by Sidharath.

Papa is the same film that was first screened at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Kerala in 2016 where it claimed its first award (best film).

Later, Papa made its first international premiere at the London Indian Film Festival in 2017 where the short film won the Satyajit Ray award. 

It was a mature storytelling which balanced a realistic sense of frustration and claustrophobia, with a finely nuanced thread of subtle and deadpan humour,

said the jury.

The film is a story of a paralyzed mother, Sushma and her young son, Rajiv, who are living a tough life post an accident, which left their lives scarred forever.

You can read more about the film, its crew, location etc. in one of our previous posts.

Other than Papa, Sidharth’s short-film Pashi has also fetched appreciation and awards for Sidharth.

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Himachal’s traditional ‘Mandi Shivratri’ fair begins today

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Mandi: The traditional Shivratri Mela of Mandi district, which is a week-long international fair, began today as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur, formally announced the opening at the historical Paddal ground at Mandi. 

This year’s celebrations are special for the people of Mandi as it is the native place of the Chief Minister. Also, Bhartiya Janata Party has captured all 10 seats in the district including the support of the one independent candidate.  

I am happy to see all nine MLAs including an Independent who have gathered here for celebrating the festival with traditional fervour,

he said.

Earlier, after paying obeisance at the famous Madho Rai temple, the Chief Minister participated in the traditional ‘Jaleb’ (Shobha Yatra) of Shivratri fair, which began from DC office to end at the Paddal ground.

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Local deities along with the Chief deity Madho Rai led the procession.

The locals draped in their colourful attire thronged the procession carrying along the palanquins of the local deities and marched towards the Paddal Mela ground. A little less than two hundred Devtas participated in the ‘Jaleb’, the traditional Shobha Yatra, from almost all corners of the district.

The life of the people of the state revolves around the local Gods and Goddesses, and the local deities are an inseparable part of the people. The Shivratri festival gives a glimpse of ‘Dev and Manav Milan’ (the meeting of humans with deities), he said.

The Chief Minister announced a hike of 20 percent in ‘nazarana’ of the local deities, 20 percent hike in ration quota, and two times increase in honorarium of ‘Bajantris’ – the musicians who accompany the deities.

As compared to Rs. 3,64,000 in 2017, with two times rise in honorarium of Bajantris, the expenditure the expenditure will be Rs. 7,31,000  in 2018.   

The Chief Minister has assured that the government will register the left-out deities in a phase-wise manner.

 ‘Sarv Devta Committee’ will formulate the guidelines, examine each case, will pass a resolution in the house unanimously, and the committee will forward the case to the district administration for necessary action. 

 The Chief Minister also released a souvenir of the festival on the occasion. 

He said the government would soon come up with parking places to decongest traffic.  

The Chief Minister said Mandi will be connected with air services under UDAN scheme, (a regional connectivity scheme of Government of India). A helipad will be constructed in Mandi, he said. 

The state government will take up the issue with the Union government along with the demand for direct flights from Chandigarh to Kullu, Kangra, Shimla and for tribal areas,  the Chief Minister assured. 

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Pahari short-film Pashi wins best Cinematography award at Marietta Film Festival in Georgia

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Siddharth Chauhan’s Himachali short-film Pashi has won the best Cinematography award at Marietta International Film Festival in Georgia,  Europe in the short-film category.

Earlier, Pashi had also made it to an Oscar qualifying ‘Rhode Island International Film Festival’held in USA in August 2017. It was the first international premiere for the film. Like Rhode Island, at Marietta too, Pashi was the only entry from India, said Sidharth.

Siddharth was the Director of photography while Yashwant Kumar Sharma was his cameraman.

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The film is inspired from Siddharth’s childhood memories in his village Dhanoti, Rohru of Shimla district and produced under the Secret Corridor Picture.

In the regional Pahari spoken in Rohru, Pashi means a trap – an ancient concept used by villagers & children for hunting birds and animals.

pashi film shooting locationThe film was primarily shot in Sunta Lodge, a beautiful wooden mansion of village Khalwan. Some of the parts were also filmed in Village Dhanoti neat Tikker (Rohru).

Pashi will be showcased at Shanghai International Film Festival in Shanghai on the September 17. On February 2, 2018, the film will be showcased at the World Music and Independent Film Festival in Washington where it already has five nominations – Best Director, Best Screenplay Writer, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor.

Siddharth has emerged as a talented filmmaker from the Hill state where the film industry is still in infancy. Luckily, the parents of Siddharth, Mr. Balwan Singh Chauhan and Mrs. Bimla Chauhan offered a thorough support to him in his endevour.

Lead actors of the film include Chetan Kanwar, a Class XII student at the Chapslee School, Shimla, John Negi, a model/actor from Rampur, Kamayani Bisht, an English Professor at the Government College Theog, Savitri Devi Sunta, the oldest family member of the Sunta family in Khawalan.

Supporting case includes Dewansh Kanwar (Chapslee School), Aditi Sunta ( Rohru), and Dev Ranta (Rohru).

Other crew members are as followed.

  • Assistant Directors: Mridul Surbhi, Shefali Chauhan & Ankit Rathore
  • Music: Prabir Sekhri from Canada
  • Sound: Tanmaya Das from Mumbai
  • Visual Effects: Himanshu Hirwani from Pune
  • Story/Direction: Siddharth Chauhan from Shimla
  • Associate Producers: Swati Chauhan & Ankit Rathore (from Delhi)

 

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