The Story of Malana Village | Parvati Valley | Himalayan Mountains

Malana is an ancient village of Parvati Valley Himachal Pradesh. this is isolated from the rest of the world. At an altitude of 9,938 feet above sea level lies the village of Malana also known as the village of Taboos. The village of Malana is considered as one of the oldest democracies in the world.
# Rules:
According to village rules, fixing nails on a tree is prohibited as that could damage the tree.
Burning wood is also prohibited in the forests of Malana.
Only dry twigs and branches are permitted to be carried outside the forest.
Similarly, hunting of wild animals is not allowed without the permission of the village council that too only during specific periods of the year.
In case wild animals attack the herds of sheep and goats of the villagers the hunters are sent from the village to the pastures to kill them. And if a bear is killed, the hunter is rewarded but has to deposit the fur in the Bhandara of the Devta.
Police intervention is not allowed, but if the accused wants to seek the help of police he has to pay a fine of Rs 1000/- to the village council.
# History:
Malana has a history and it goes back to Jamlu rishi (sage) who inhabited this place and made rules and regulations. It is one of the oldest democracies of the world with a well organized parliamentary system. All of this is guided by the their devta (deity) Jamlu rishi. Although Jamlu is currently identified with a sage from the Puranas, this is a relatively recent development. Jamlu is believed to have been worshiped in pre-Aryan times.
# Festivals:
Malana Fagli is celebrated in mid of February while Malana Shaun is celebrated on 15th August.
Fagli: Harlala Mask Dance Festival, celebrated in the month of February, is an occasion when everybody takes a bath. A group of people wearing nothing but cannabis leaves and demon-like masks dance around the houses spreading cow dung, which provides insulation from the cold as well. Another interesting aspect of the festival is the procession for Emperor Akbar.

हिमाचल प्रदेश के कुल्लू के गांव मलाणा में अगर आपने किसी भी चीज को छू लिया तो आपको 1000 रुपए का जुर्माना अदा करना पड़ेगा।
यह इकलौता ऐसा गांव है जहां अकबर की पूजा होती है। यहां कि विचित्र परंपराओं के कारण यहां हजारों की संख्या में पर्यटक आते हैं। यहां अगर आप दुकान से कुछ सामान लेना चाहते हैं तो दुकानदार अपने हाथ से न तो आपको सामान देगा और न ही आप उसे अपने हाथ से पैसे दे सकते हैं, इसके लिए आपको दुकान के काउंटर पर पैसे रखने होंगे और दुकानदार भी काउंटर पर ही सामान रख देगा।
सूत्रों के अनुसार दो हजार वर्ष पुरानी विश्व की पहली लोकतांत्रिक व्यवस्था यहां आज भी कायम है। यहां के मूल निवासी खुद को सिकंदर की सेना के वंशज मानते हैं। यहां कि भाषा में कुछ शब्द ग्रीक के भी हैं। इसलिये यहां के रीति-रिवाज भी अलग हैं। यहां हर जगह बोर्ड में लिखा हुआ है कि इस गांव में किसी भी चीज को छूना मना है। किसी भी चीज को छूने पर आपसे 1000 रुपये जुर्माना वसूला जाएगा। अगर आप भी हिमाचल की सुंदर वादियों का मजा लेना चाहते हो तो इस अनोखे गांव में जाना न भूलना और साथ में ये भी कि यहां कुछ भी छूना मना है।

Gaurav Thakur

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