Piplantri Vs Dev Bhumi Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand

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!!

Triund Hill Pilgrimage

Triund Pilgrimage in 2012

This summer of 2012 Triund Hill has turned up to be some like a favorite place for a sort of a delightful pilgrimage and people from all walks of life are showing up every day in number of 20 to 40. Some are coming without guide, some are coming with guides and porters carrying tents, sleeping bags and food supplies and then there are solo trekkers and some are couples in love, some are even new ones who are coming to Triond for the first time and counting their every breath on every step towards Triyund or Triund Hill. The Rest House of Forest Department is reserved every day.

Once you reach the top of Triund, you are welcomed by the majestic view of partly snow clad and glaciated Mighty Dhauladhar and Triund occupied by colorful tents and different people from all over the World.

On our Lunch in Triund on May 30th 2012, we noticed activities in Triund something like this: –

  • Though most of the foreign tourists hesitate or don’t prefer to indulge with locals but then there are a few who initiate conversation with locals and share their feelings with each other.
  • There are plenty of dogs who come along with the tourists all the way from McLeodganj and stay in Triund.
  • City tourists exclaim with joy on seeing the Mighty Dhauladhar and the beauty of Triund and they even stand on the edge of the hill and try to catch the faint signals of the mobiles service providers so that they could call and tell their relatives back at home, “Where they are standing and how happy they are feeling for being on the top of Triund and seeing the snow clad Mighty Dhauladhar!”
  • Some tourists just sit and read a book, some play cards and the ones in groups indulge in a sort of group discussion.
  • Then there are the shopkeepers who are busy in preparing noodles or tea for the tourists who have just arrived. The supervisor of the Forest Department Rest House is busy in helping the guests.
  • Then there are couples who are in love, they just need a peaceful, secluded point right in front of the Mighty Dhauladhar and prefer to be lost in each other.
  • Some tourists planning to trek beyond Triund up to Illaka and the Lahesh Caves and are in constant discussion with each other.
  • The shepherds are also busy and moving upward to Illaka, laka or Illaqa in search of green pastures.
  • The city tourists are very curious to see the glacier in snowline point above Illaka and some are more eager to see the eagle nest.
  • Then there is news of bear sightings on the upper reaches of Triund.
  • Most of the tourists are still careless are and not good to Nature and are throwing garbage on the trail to Triund.
  • We still observed that the treks to Triund are again trashed, tourists have thrown plastic water bottles, beer tin cans, chocolate wafers, energy drink tin cans, on the trek and down in the hills and even the mountain cleaners are not doing their job honestly as they claim.