Goor | Initiation of the Medium

Each devi-deota has a number of karkoon (officials)–kardar, pujari, bhandari, goor, kathiala, kaith etc–cooperating in managing her/his affairs. Among them all, goor holds somewhat supreme authority, for he has a direct contact with the divine. A goor is selected by deota himself, a boy of 14 or a grown up of 40, he may choose any one and irrespective of any caste. Though in most cases hereditary, a goor’s son does not succeed his father until ‘brought out’ by deota himself.

Bhartha | Recounting the divine life

Bhartha (in Kullu, lit. “news”) Ganai (in Saraj) Bhartha is a story–a religious mythological legend–giving narrative of the life of a deity. In a bhartha, goor narrates–in first person–events from birth till final settlement at present abode of deity; place of origin, travels, conflicts, ancient people and other deities met on the way, etc. Bhartha … Read more Bhartha | Recounting the divine life

Kahika | The Festival of Absolution, Death and Rebirth

Kāikā or Kāhikā is a festival, a sort of expiation ceremony, celebrated at various places in the Kulu region. The main purpose of Kāhikā is the transference, and thus removal, of sin (pāp) and baneful influences (dōṣ-khōṭ and kāri-śrāpṇī) to a human scapegoat: first ‘sacrificed’, then brought back to life. 

Devta System of Kulu | A brief Introduction

All devī-devtā have their respective hārs or areas of jurisdiction. An area comprised of the villages where a specific deity is honoured. The residents of hār are called hārī or hārye of the deity. Hār is devī or devtā’s praja; he or she is like their king or queen.