Hitting with stones: All for celebration!
Dhami, a sleeply village, about 25 km from Shimla, celebrates a festival a day after Diwali every year in which youths hailing from two villages hurl stones at each other.india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 18:37 IST
Dhami, a sleeply village, about 25 km from Shimla, celebrates a festival a day after Diwali every year in which youths hailing from two villages hurl stones at each other.
The side which sustains minimum injuries is declared winner, villagers said adding the unique festival is going on for the last several decades.
No person has died in this risky match between Hanlog and Jamog villagers and whenever anybody was injured, he was taken to local Kali temple and got cured immediately, said Vikaram Singh, a village elder.
"I have been watching it for the last 30 years and no one has ever been injured seriously," he said.
After the stoning, the villagers visit the temple of the local deity and pay their respect.
Knowing fully well that it involves great risk of injury, the people of the twin villages were enthusiastic about it and reach Dhami in good numbers.
The local administration and police, who remain present on the occasion, said they have also not seen any person sustaining serious injuries. But medical teams remain positioned to provide medical aid if needed, they said.