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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Snakes are Protecting Wealth of Dhangu Garhi King: a Folk Story for Uttarakhand Historians

Garhwali Folk Tales, Fables, Traditional Stories, Community Narratives -59

Narrated by Vaidraj, Pundit Kisan Datt Kandwal (village-Thantholi, Pauri Garhwal)

  Compiled and Edited by: Bhishma Kukreti (Management Training Expert)
           (This story was narrated to me by Late Rajendra Prasad Maithani and Devendra Prasad Maithani of Jhaid, Talla Dhangu, Pauri Garhwal. The fort Dhangu Garhi is in Jhaid area. However, Devendra and Rajendra never told that King was our King. Always they told that the King of Dhang Garh. One reason might be that Maithanis of Jhaid were migrated from Maithani. Another reason would be that king of Dhangu Garhi would be a Khash King. The king must be a Nagvanshi king).
               Dhang Garh is a small but difficult to climb hill at bank of Ganga on Rishikesh-Badrinath foot road. Dhang Garh or Dhangu Garhi is mentioned by all historians of Garhwal that around twelfth century there was a Garhi or ruler in Dhangu, south Pauri Garhwal  and his fort was in Dhangu Garhi. The hill is surrounded from three sides by Ganga. To climb to hill is from Jhaid or road side. It is difficult to go on top of Garhi. There is path up to certain area. However, after some area, the hill is non climbable at all. Below top of hill, there is some plain area.
              The folk story is that there was a very gentle man king who had fort in Dhang Garh. There was water reservoir in the hill for King, king family and soldiers. There were hidden roads for top of hill or fort from Ganga River. In need, the Dhangu King, King family members used to dip into Ganga and used to come to fort from hidden roads. The King had ample wealth in fort.   
             Once, enemy attacked on Dhang Garh. For many days, the enemy could not win the fort. However, enemy succeeded in reaching to fort and Dhang Garh king did not have place to escape as enemy blocked all entries. Dhangu King was now sure that enemy would kill him. He buried his wealth, gems, jewels, gold, and jewelries in a secret place. Then Dhangu king called snake deity and performed a snake ritual for praying snake deity. King requested the snake deity to protect his wealth.  Snake deity promised the king for protecting wealth of Dhangu King.
          Whoever went to near Dhang Garhi central area, snakes bate him. Still snakes are protecting Dhang Garhi and nobody can enter that particular area where the King buried his wealth.    

Copyright @ Bhishma Kukreti 20/1/2014 for review and interpretation
Garhwali Folk Tales, Fables, Traditional stories, Community Narratives for Effective Managers, Effective executives, Effective Boss, Effective Supervisors or Stories for Effective management, management Lesson from Garhwali Folk Literature from Garhwal, to be continued …in next chapter

                                 References

1-Bhishma Kukreti, 1984, Garhwal Ki Lok Kathayen, Binsar Prakashan, Lodhi Colony, Delhi 110003, 
2- Bhishma Kukreti 2003, Salan Biten Garhwali Lok Kathayen, Rant Raibar, Dehradun
3- Bhishma Kukreti, Garhwali Lok Kathaon ma Prabandh Vigyan ka Tantu , Chitthi Patri’s Lok Kathayen Visheshank  , Dehradun
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