In Kullu, deities under ‘house arrest’
Kullu: Two influential deities of Kullu district — Shringa Rishi and Balu Nag — have been put under a ‘house arrest’ under tight police security in Kullu Dussehra after the deities reached there without any formal invitation.
Both the deities, who used to play a special role in Dussehra, are not being invited by the Kullu Dussehra committee for last 10 years as their followers are fighting over supremacy of their deities. The matter had reached the HC but the dispute remained unresolved. Despite no invitation from the Kullu administration, followers of both the deities brought their palanquins for Dussehra.
Despite no formal invitation, both the deities mostly join Dussehra festivities and the cops put them under ‘house arrest’ at their camp to avoid any mishap. This year too, both the deities joined the Dussehra festivities.
According to tradition, idol of superior deity walks to the right side of chariot of Lord Raghunath, the presiding deity in Kullu Dussehra, during the rath yatra. This place was occupied by Shringa Rishi for many decades but when he stopped participating in Dussehra in 1970s, Balu Nag occupied this place. After 11 years, Shringa Rishi again started participating in Dussehra, but the followers of the two deities started quarrelling for prime spot during the yatra. A few years ago, many people were injured when the followers of the two deities pelted stones on each other. Since then, both the deities are put under ‘house arrest’ and cops do not allow them to take part in the rath yatra.
Followers of Balu Nag, who is considered an incarnation of Lakshman, younger brother of Lord Rama, say nobody can separate a brother from his elder brother and they have right to stay together. On the other side, the followers of Shringa Rishi say the place of guru is always higher than any relation, so they will not let anybody to occupy their place.
The two deities have been put under a ‘house arrest’ after followers of both brought their palanquins for Dussehra without an invitation