Ancient name of Mana was ManiBhadra Puri and ashram of Maharishi VedVyas was known as Shyamaprash Ashram where hundreds of students from across India used to come for learning Veda, Purana, Bhashya, Upnishad etc- this place is where Maharishi VedVyas wrote MahaBharat.
Now read this thread about the role played by Mana residents in establishing bonds between Sri Badrinath Ji and Thololing Mutt of Zanda, Ngari
Another crucial piece of info is around the blanket that is woven at Mana village through entire summer and in the run up to Kapat closing ceremony. It is at Mana where an unmarried girl weaves a blanket(one row a day) & Bhagwan is wrapped in that blanket during entire winter!
Also, the thread that is used for lighting the Diya at Sri Badrinath Ji comes from Nepal - they don’t use normal cotton for that and the thread or (बाती) always comes from Nepal.
The baati of thread that is used to light diya during the time when portals (kapaat) remain closed is special one & the person who makes all the arrangements is an expert at it- uses 80 kilos of ghee (of pahari cow)- to last for the entire duration.

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12 Oct
Until we Hindus add dignity to labour and stop looking down upon people of our faith- indulging in various occupations, we CANNOT arrest the zeehadi expansion currently underway in our cities and towns- onus lies of us Hindus only!
Biggest factor for zeehadi expansion in cities and towns is loss of traditional occupations to Maa. Almost all occupations cornered by them were with our folks- primarily SCs - but the societal issues within our faith pushed those Hindus give up such traditional occupations
As more and more Hindus left occupations, they were cornered by Ms and today result is that in every city & town of India, majority of carpenters, masons, butchers, barbers, Fabricator’s etc etc are from one particular faith and only HINDUS are to be blamed for this
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11 Oct
Time to use Bhaddu today- this bronze utensil used to be a regular in every pahari kitchen- used to be heavy and daal cooked in it used to be simply unbeatable- this one weighs almost 8-9 kgs as it is made of thick sheet of bronze ! ImageImage
Soaked mixture of 9 different daals with rajma being soaked separately- boiled it in pressure cooker and that’s how it looked after 5-6 whistles ImageImage
For tadka and frying base masala Image
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9 Oct
Utkd Govt is prompting Goatry & Fishery as means of livelihood in hill districts -several such projects are underway in Garhwal/ Kumaon region. Given past experience of market access being a major issue, Govt decided to create an end to end supply chain to support farmers
With this aim in mind, Govt decided to brand Himalayan Goat meat as Bakraw and fish (trout and other fresh water fish) as Uttara Fish and is creating an end to end market for same. This move will help farmers who have taken up these two initiatives as means of livelihoods
Some folks are raising Qns abt Jhatka or Halaal status. Fact is: animals are sent to mechanised slaughter houses and hence “Bakraw” is neither halaal nor jhatka. Please understand that gov has already deliberated on this issue-also appreciate the move to to support farmers!
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9 Oct
Tweeting a story that is 17 mins and 30 seconds long- got this as an audio file and I converted it to a video so that more and more folks can listen to this and share with others- it is such a simple yet powerful story with an equally powerful msg- Part 1
Part 2
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9 Oct
How far do they go to protect the honour of the mother land- yes this pic was taken by friend- Col @amitbisht111 - Principal of NIM, Uttarakashi - who led an expedition of Indian Army and ITBP and opened a new 75 kms route to LAC in Middle Sector!
The beauty of Garhwal- Kumaon Himalayas is simply unmatched - the diversity of peaks that you come across in this region in terms of ease- difficulty - access and deniability is simply awesome....considering that largest range of 6000 meters n above is found here!
During their 15 days expedition where they traversed the Himalayan region of 5500 meters and above and walked from Nelang to Mana in Uttarakhand- scaled 6 peaks, did patrolling along 75 kms long route on LAC
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8 Oct
As a proud KV’ian I feel given below is the reason why KV system with 1067 schools is best across India- may there be 10,000 KVs across India!

She is from KV Pattom in Kerala & is singing Himachali Song -language that doesn’t even know-under prog Ek bharat shreshth bahrat.
Marathi song that was part of our music period session in mid 80s
This Assamese song was also one of my fav
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