Interesting Stone Pelting festival-Bahari Devi Temple
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India is known for its culture and rituals, our Uttrakhand state has an interesting ritual.
- On Rakshabandhan men belonging to the four clans of Uttrakhand’s Devidhura village, wear turbans of yellow, pink, orange and white and head towards Barahi Devi Temple.
- An annual bagwal or stone pelting event takes place, in which members from all the four clans need to participate. This is held on Rakshabandhan at the village in Champawat district.
- According to the mythology, demons were troubling the four clans of Devidhura- Walik, Chamyal, Gaharwal, and Lamgharia. The residents prayed to the goddess Barahi Devi for help. The goddess agreed on the condition of a human sacrifice made to her every month. One year the mother of a man who was about to be sacrificed, prayed to the goddess for mercy. The goddess agreed on the condition that once a year, people from all four clans would hurl stones at one another till the blood split was equal to one human sacrifice. Since then this custom is religiously followed.
- According to the orders from the High court, the stones have been replaced with fruits to reduce casualties.