(Garhwali Folk Tales /Community from Garhwal Series-119)
(Story narrated by Mrs. Suma Devi Dabral Kukreti)
Kuntani and Khaman are two neighboring villages. Both the villages come under Dabralsyun Patti. However, near past, Khaman was under Malla Dhangu Patti. Most of the villages of Dabralsyun are dominated by Dabral barring Khaman that is dominated by Kukreti and a few families of Pant and Lakhera. The folk tales sate that a Dabral of Dabar gifted Khaman to his daughter married to Kukreti of Gweel-Jaspur.
There is a territory called Jamarkholi in Kuntani village. Jamarkholi is at boundary of Khaman and Kuntani villages.
It is said that in long past, Jamarkholi was the area of Khaman village. A woman called Bhaddu was from Khaman and married to a Dabral of Kuntani. It is said that either she loved Jamarkholi very much or was unhappy with her Mayaka (parental village).
By all means Mrs. Bhaddu Dabral wanted Jamarkholi as the part of Kuntani village (her in law village). She asked Khaman people to grant Jamarkholi to Kuntani village. Khaman People refused to gift the economical land to Kuntani.
Mrs. Bhaddu Dabral was bent for Jamarkholi territory as part of her in law village. When Khaman people did not agree for gifting Jamarkholi to Kuntani she took a terrifying decision.
Bhaddu reached to high top of Jamarkholi and cut beheaded her head by a heavy sickle (Thmali). While cutting her head, Bhaddu cursed that “Till the place from here my head reaches that area would be of Kuntani and if Khaman people try to plough they would not be successful in plowing the area”. Her cut head reached down at Sisai Dang (there is water source too). Even after her death Khaman people did not gift the land to Kuntani people.
However, when Khaman farmers started plough in the fields of Jamarkholi, snakes surrounded plough, yoke of plough and bulls legs. Khaman people understood the cursing of Bhaddu. Khaman people gifted Jamarkholi area to Kuntani people.
From that day, Jamarkholi area is under Kuntani village.
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
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