Ancient legend has it that a man eating demon stayed at Hanol. Initially he used to eat everyone he saw and created a lot of distruction. Later at the request of villagers he agreed to eat one person per day. So one person was sent to him every day from nearby villages.
Then the turn of Uma Bhatt, a Brahmin staying in Mandirath came. He had 7 sons and he started sending them one by one. When the turn of the 7th son came, he could no longer take it. He worshipped Shiva with all his heart and soul. Shivji was impressed by the man's dedication decided to help the man. He directed Deolari Devi, one of his woman devotees to help the man. On hearing the man's story she requested her four sons to go to Mandrath in search of the demon. She also asked the man to plough his fields. On doing so the man discovered four Shivaling-subsequently named Mahasu, Pavasi, Vasik and Chalda, after the four sons. They found the demon in Hanol, surrounded him from all sides and after a battle lasting several days, killed him. The villagers rejoiced at this and built temples for all the four brothers. Mahasu Devta's temple is in Hanol, Pavasi Devta's temple is just across the Tons river in Hanol on top of a small hillock. Vasik Devta's temple is a 40km trek up the mountain from Pavasi's temple, while Chalda Devta's temple is a 2km trek from Tuni.
Mahasu Devta’s fair is held in August every year, when the deity is taken out in a procession. Thousands of people from nearby districts, Himachal Pradesh and UP converge in the village. Musical prayers continue for three days and nights.
In the Mahabharat era, King Duroyadhan entered the area after travelling through Kashmir and Kullu. He liked the area so much that he wanted to settle down here. So he prayed to Mahasu Devta at Hanol for a piece of land. The Deity accepted his pleas and made him the king of the area. He made Jakholi his capital village and a temple in the village has his idol and is dedicated to him. The king is said to still roam around the area of Har-Ki-Dun and his spirit sometimes enters a person who is then known as Maali. All disputes in the area if not sorted out by the local village headman, are referred to the Maali.
In more recent history, King Akbar used to frequent the Hanol temple.
From May 26, 2004 the temple reversed its age-old custom of not allowing women to worship inside and sacrificing animals. The last sacrifice was held on 25th May 2004.It is believed that the deity appeared in the dream of a devout and ordered him to allow entry of women and stop sacrifices inside the temple after May 25.
Germany is a highly industrialized country. In such a country, many will think its people lead a luxurious life.
When we arrived at Hamburg , my colleagues walked into the restaurant, we noticed that a lot of tables were empty. There was a table where a young couple was having their meal. There were only two dishes and two cans of beer on the table. I wondered if such simple meal could be romantic, and whether the girl will leave this stingy guy.
There were a few old ladies on another table. When a dish is served, the waiter would distribute the food for them, and they would finish every bit of the food on their plates.
As we were hungry, our local colleague ordered more food for us.When we left, there was still about one third of un-consumed food on the table.
When we were leaving the restaurant, the old ladies spoke to us in English, we understood that they were unhappy about us wasting so much food.
"We paid for our food, it is none of your business how much food we left behind," my colleague told the old ladies. The old ladies were furious. One of them immediately took her hand phone out and made a call to someone. After a while, a man in uniform from Social Security organisation arrived. Upon knowing what the dispute was, he issued us a 50 Euro fine. We all kept quiet.
The officer told us in a stern voice, "ORDER WHAT YOU CAN CONSUME, MONEY IS YOURS BUT RESOURCES BELONG TO THE SOCIETY. THERE ARE MANY OTHERS IN THE WORLD WHO ARE FACING SHORTAGE OF RESOURCES. YOU HAVE NO REASON TO WASTE RESOURCES."
The mindset of people of this rich country put all of us to shame. WE REALLY NEED TO REFLECT ON THIS. We are from country which is not very rich in resources. To save face, we order large quantity and also waste food when we give others a treat.
(Courtesy: A friend who is now changed a lot)
THE LESSON IS:- THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT CHANGING OUR BAD HABITS. Expecting acknowledgment, that u read the message and forward to your contacts.
VERY TRUE -"MONEY IS YOURS BUT RESOURCES BELONG TO THE SOCIETY."
The Centre has decided to oppose the demand for dalit status for "converts" to Christianity and Islam, arguing that only Hinduism recognized "caste system" and "untouchability" that led to the creation of a special category called Scheduled Castes.
An interesting reason cited to red-flag the demand is that the Constitution provides reservation in legislatures to dalits and tribals to "compensate for the social injustice" suffered by them over centuries and extending this benefit to converts would impinge on the rights of SCs/STs.
While the move was expected after social justice minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot made the government stance plain in an interview to TOI on October 10 last year, it is now learnt that his ministry detailed reasons to the Union law ministry to oppose in Supreme Court the petition seeking SC status for converts.
The unambiguous opposition from the BJP government is a sharp departure from the UPA regime's strategy to buy time - in 2005, entrusting a national commission to study the issue and in 2011, deciding to wait for 'socio-economic caste census' for data to commission further studies.
As polarizing as it is complicated, the issue is rooted in the reasoning that SC status -- limited to Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists -- should be made religion-neutral, thereby opening it to Hindu "untouchables" who converted to Islam and Christianity.
Strongly objecting to the demand, the BJP government argues that "untouchability" was a peculiar aspect of Hindu religion that "denied to disadvantaged castes the fundamentals of human dignity, human self-respect and even some of the attributes of human personality".
Linking this "evil practice" exclusively to Hinduism, the government says mere social "backwardness" cannot put converts at par with dalits whose backwardness arises from the traditional practice of "untouchability".
The Centre argues that recognizing SC among followers of Islam and Christianity would amount to violation of the basic tenets of these religions since they do not recognize the caste system.
Besides, stretching the quota frontiers to Christianity and Islam would necessitate an increase in the quantum of reservation which would result in the upper ceiling of 50% being breached, the Centre argues.
According to the Centre, identifying dalit converts is not easy - since conversions have been happening over several centuries, the caste of an individual's forefathers cannot be ascertained, especially where the descendants have left the original caste-related occupation.
On the contrary, the government argues that dalit converts form part of OBCs in states and at the Centre, benefitting from job reservations and welfare schemes catering to backwards as also religious minorities, adding it would be "iniquitous" to grant "converts" the benefits targeting SCs.
Crucially, the apprehension that rendering the SC list religion-neutral would encourage conversions, expressed by minister Gehlot in his interview to TOI, does not figure in the social justice ministry's list of reasons to oppose the demand of dalit Christians/Muslims.
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