Category Archives: Himachal Pradesh

Churdhar Peak – District Sirmaur of Himachal Pradesh

By | May 24, 2020

Churdhar is a beautiful place in the Sirmaur district which is basically famous for the temple of Lord Shiva’s. Churdhar or Chur-Chandni is a solitary peak that literally means ‘moonlight gleaming on the snow’. Here in this place there is a Shiv Ling, which is believed to be the religious Ling. The name of the place is derived from… 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 »

Beth System in Himachal Pradesh – HPAS Mains

By | May 22, 2020

Beth was an obligation to render personal service in return for certain cultivating rights. Those, who rendered this service for rulers and zamindars were known as bethu (service tenant). The bethu occupied and tilled land which in fact belonged to the Raja or Zamindars. He cultivated a portion for his subsistence and the remaining portion… Read More »

Fairs and Festivals of District Shimla – Himachal Pradesh General Studies

By | May 21, 2020

Bharara fair: Bharara fair in Bharara village near Kumharsain, held in May. Devta Koteshwar is brought in the fair and goats are sacrificed. But now high court has banned in 2014. The fair is cultural and recreational and ‘Natti’ dances are performed. People also enjoy ‘Hindola’ ride. Bhoj Fair:   This fair is held in… Read More »

Wazir Ram Singh Pathania – A Freedom Fighter From Kangra

By | May 14, 2020

Ram Singh Pathania was born on 10 April 1824 at the residence of Shyam Singh, a minister of the state of Nurpur. His father was the minister of Raja Veer Singh in the state of Nurpur. Due to the British-Sikh Convention in 1846, most of the princely states of Himachal Pradesh were under the British Empire.… Read More »

Project Snow Leopard – Himachal Pradesh General Studies

By | May 13, 2020

The Snow leopard is the State animal of Himachal Pradesh, and the State Forest Department’s commitment to snow leopard conservation is evident in the active role it has played, along with the Nature Conservation Foundation, in assisting MoEF, GoI to develop Project Snow Leopard. These two agencies have also been collaborating to generate sound scientific… Read More »