A building across the road on the way to Manali (Himachal Pradesh, INDIA). Hay is stored for winters to feed the cattle. It is a common scene here at Himachal, mostly each household in villages have domesticated animals mainly cows. Agriculture and animal husbandry are the main source of living here.
In this picture, the building shown is used as a residence, warehouse for vegetables, grains etc grown and also has a huge stock of hay for the cattle which reside in the ground floor.
Rewalsar is a town in Mandi District (Himachal Pradesh). Rewalsar is sacred to adherents of three major dharmic religions- Hinduism, Buddhism & Sikhism. This place is famous for the lake and the floating island in it. The lake around which the town of Rawalsar is established has a maximum depth of 6.5 metres.
Sheep & Goat are commonly domesticated here in Himachal Pradesh. Their milk, meat & hair are used and is a integral part of culture. The woman in the picture is spinning the wool from their domesticated sheep.
A small hut made of clay, wood and stone used for roof. This is something which was common once but the concrete jungle has overtaken all that was close to nature. This one was in middle of a field so may be its been used as warehouse.
To Capture this shot, i have to travel nearly 15Km by road and then track up the hill which took almost 2 hrs. But all this was paid very well because the view on the hill top was just out of the world. Have got many pics form this trip will show you later.
(Night of Shiva or "Great Night of Shiva") The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves to the Lord Shiva, all day fasting and an all night long vigil. Festival is celebrated with devotion and religious fervor on the moonless 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun. Devotees observe fast all through the day and night of Shivaratri in honor of Lord Shiva and pay a visit to Shiva temples.
Ritual bath of Shiva Lingam with milk, water, honey etc is also performed by the devotees as a part of the tradition. Many believe that Shivaratri Festival marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. However, according to some legends, it was on the auspicious night of Shivaratri that Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’, the dance of the primal creation, preservation and destruction.Ganga is traditionally used as an offering for Lord Shiva and his followers.
After a long wait, we did receive a little rain and snow at the peaks but that wasn't enough. This year Its not raining much neither we have got snowfalls as it was in yesteryears, This will hamper the crops in coming season, specially the apple growers will suffer from it.
Still hopeful many are still praying for ample rains and snow.
Visualizing this world with a different view makes a lot of difference. Everyday we come across many things and they do affect us in one or other way. Living life on a lighter note makes the world more beautiful but to do that isn't easy.
Many of us consider winters as dead, nothing going on. But for Kullu or other hilly areas winters is the most happening and much awaited time of the season. Not only the locals but the tourist wait for this season and hail towards the hill tops to enjoy the chill and the snow.
Year end break i.e. last week of the year is the most favorite time of many visitors . Special parties are also arranged for Christmas and New year. Usually the main tourist spot i.e. Manali, Solang nala, Rohtang pas are covered with snow during this period. Like other parts of world we too are the witness of Global Warming. We use to get snow in mid December but this year It snowed in Manali in January all this is affecting our environment and economy too.