Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand or as these are termed as Dev Bhumi in North India, for both of these states have numerous temples dedicated to God and Goddesses all over be in uninhabited high mountains or populated towns and the abundance, serenity of Mother Nature, with Glacier fed rivers, forest cover and wildlife.
But now as time has and is changing the title of Dev Bhumi now seems bit of irrelevant for Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand as in both of these states the unbalanced development, hydro dams, booming hotel & cement industry has done pretty much of hard to repair damage to Mother Nature and also in these states, women are termed as a burden, looked down upon and discriminated.
While for a Dev Bhumi these lines of Sanskrit are most important to follow and act upon practically and not just as a lip service “Yatra Naryastu Poojyante, Ramante Tatra Devta”
- Yatra means = where ever,
- Naraystu means = Women/Girl,
- Poojyante means = Worshipped or Honoured,
- Ramante means = Dwell
- Tatra means = There
- Devta means = Devin Souls/ God and Goddesses. This means where ever Women/Girl are worshipped or honoured, gods also come and live in such places.
“Also SHAKTI (the form of Women and Nature or say Prakriti) is the beloved of SHIVA and since in Himachal Pradesh plus Uttarakhand women/girls and Nature both are discriminated and exploited for various selfish reasons and sometime in the name of unbalanced development and beautification, how come SHIVA can find any of these states comfortable for HIM.”
While we hardly keep our road head temple premises neat and clean even the trail to high mountain temples are awfully trashed with plastic plates, alcohol bottles. We organize special ceremonies for worshipping but after event the whole premises looks trashed with plastic plates, cups and other glittery stuff and no one to take care.
So in present conditions how come Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand can be termed as Dev Bhumi!! (Don’t take it personal, we mean no offence to religious or emotional feelings, we are writing about ground realities and we Respect every Religion and their teachings)
By our modern and over educated habits we tend to throw cigarette buds, bubble gum, chocolate wafers, juice, beer cans, empty chips pack in open be it while walking, from bus or own car and to worsen things we even teach same habit to our kids and feel proud of it.
SHIVA loves NATURE (SHAKTI) the form of Women, so a place where there is no Respect for Nature, Prakruti and Women, how come gods and SHIVA can be happy. Now what is Piplantri?
Piplantri, a village of Rajasthan, district Rajsamand.
Mr Shyam Sundar Pilwal with the help of other villagers started a wonderful initiative; with the birth of every single girl, this village plants 111 trees. All this started in the memory of Kiran the daughter of former Sarpanch of Piplantri. The village community not only plants 111 trees but also takes care of them and with this nature friendly practical initiative; this desert village has managed to spread the Green Cover to a great extent. With almost no crime this village sure is a good example of Being Practical than just being Verbal, Orator Public Speech initiative.
As reported in The Hindu (thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/a-village-that-plants-111-trees-for-every-girl-born-in-rajasthan/article4606735.ece) this village has found a good way to go along with Mother Nature and in return Nature provides the villagers with a good reliable source of income as well. So which place is Dev Bhumi?
We read that Dharamsala will be made as the most beautiful town in all over Himachal Pradesh…are we going to beautify Triund, Dharamsala, McLeodGanj, Bhagsunag, Dharamkot and Naddi with concrete jungle, just like we have done with Shimla, Kullu and Manali. Dev Bhumi!!