The Mountain Dwellers Part II : Gaon Waale!

by Anand Khandelwal February. 22, 2011 3580 views

These shots were taken in Mana, the last village on Indian soil. Go further and you end up somewhere near the Indo-China border. Mana is about 30 minutes further from Badrinath, one of the four holy shrines within Uttarankhand. Mana is located about 10400 feet above the sea level.

People of Mana are lovely. The procession depicted here is one followed by almost all the villages in Uttarakand. These locals recede to lower regions during winters, when the snow and ice blanket the whole valley, making it a very hostile place to live in. With the onset of summer, they start moving back to Mana. The local deity is locked up in a chamber until all the members of the village have moved in, after which it is brought out and a procession is carried out. A goat is slaughtered to pay respect to the deity and a delicious “prasad” is made with rice and mutton, served with some local alcohol.

The Women There

The Procession

The Deity Bearer

Waiting For The Beginning

The Almighty. Devta. Bhagwaan.

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Varun Rajaram 10 years, 7 months ago

Tell me when you go on these trips again!

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Sadhya Rippon 10 years, 7 months ago

I have visited Uttarkashi, which I think is near to this place. I agree, the people were really lovely. This is a very special post for me, and brings back lots of wonderful memories. I hope you will be able to show more pictures of this area.

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Brenda Nelson 10 years, 8 months ago

Beautiful, colorful, and candid images - interesting information about the culture and locale.

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