In Kullu, deities un­der ‘house ar­rest’

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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

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