Category Archives: Art & Culture

Pragpur – A Heritage village in District Kangra Himachal Pradesh

By | July 24, 2020

Kangra district derives its name from Kangra town which was called Nagarkot in the ancient times Kangra proper originally was a part of the ancient Trigartha (Jullundur) which comprises of the area lying between the river “Shatadroo” (probably Sutlej) and Ravi. A tract of land to the east of Sutlej which probably is the area… Read More »

Major characteristics of the district Hamirpur, contribution in the form of any historical figure associated with the district

By | June 24, 2020

People: The district has a overwhelming Hindu population. However, a small fraction of Muslims, Sikhs, Jains and Christians also live in the district. Of the majority of Hindus, Rajputs and Brahmins population is predominant. Caste/community-wise dispersion of the population in the entire district is almost even. There are no exclusive pockets of this or that… Read More »

History of Kullu Dussehra – Himachal Pradesh

By | June 8, 2020

Dussehra is celebrated in most parts of the country on Vijaya Dashmi to commemorate the victory of Rama over the demon king Ravana. The highlight of this fair is the victory of good over evil. Kullu Dussehra is, however, different in certain ways from the Dussehra celebrations in the other parts of the country. It… Read More »

Cave Temple of Hadimba – Manali, Himachal Pradesh

By | June 8, 2020

Traditionally a Hidimbi Devi Temple, generally called and famous as Hadimba Temple, is located in Manali, an internationally famous hill station of Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh in north India. It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, sister of the demon named Hidimb known character in the Indian epic of Mahabharata. The… Read More »

“Goddess Shoolini” Temple at Solan – Himachal Pradesh

By | June 1, 2020

Solan a very beautiful and mesmerizing town of Solan district derived its name from the Goddess Shoolini. The principle Goddess of this region is considered as the incarnation of Goddess Durga. Similarly, the district of Solan named after the Solan town. Solan is also known as “The Mushroom City of India” because of the high… Read More »

What is Polyandry? – Himachal Pradesh General Studies

By | May 23, 2020

Polyandry is the phenomenon in which a female cohabits in the company of two or more males. In other words, polyandry custom was that in which two or more persons had a single wife. This social custom was widely practised in Keonthal, Bushahr, Jubbal, the trans-Giri tract of Sirmaur among the Shimla Hill States, and… Read More »

Beth, Begar and Reet System in Himachal Pradesh – HPAS Mains

By | May 22, 2020

Begar System in Himachal Pradesh Begar system was prevalent in the erstwhile Shimla and Punjab Hill States of Himachal Pradesh since time immemorial. Begar means forced labour or employing anyone without remuneration. Describing begar or forced labour in the hills, Satyanand Stokes wrote, “Begar was the system by which the transportation of each state was… Read More »

Reet/Rit System in Himachal Pradesh – HPAS Mains

By | May 22, 2020

In the Shimla Hill States and many adjoining countries such as Mandi, Kullu and Kangra, an obnoxious custom namely Reet was prevalent since time immemorial. Definition of Reet Marriage:  It is difficult to give any precise definition of Reet. To some it was a form of marriage but to others, it was the payment usually… Read More »