Jhiri in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh

jhiri in Kullu district

Jhiri in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, situated on the bank of river Beas(on NH-21) is associated with Mahabharata Era. Although on revenue or modern records it is not more than 150 years old. Before that is was a very dense forest area and people of nearby villages does not dare to settle here. What was that fear? Centuries ago a demon named Jadaksi lived here. He disguisedly gulps travelers in during his help in crossing river Beas at place Jogni Mata. Feared people of the surrounding area requested Vidur ( Minister of Hastinapur, and uncle of Kauravas & Pandavas) who was on his tour to Parashar Rishi. Vidur challenged the Jadaksi and killed him in a fight. Fear of that Jadaksi and Jadaksi word remained for centuries. In the 16th century, A saint named Vairagi Kishan Dass chooses this solitude place for his retreat. And he was the person who guided king of Kullu to bought idol of Rama from Ayodhya resulting world famous Kullu Dusshera festival. With the time passes dense forest vanished, bushes remained here. Bushes which is called jhari or jhakar in local language and Jadaksi word helped in naming this place as Jhiri. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Wazir (Minister of a king) of Mandi and some foreigners started shaping it in a village. Wazir firstly bought people from Chouhar valley and afterward from Valh valley and made them settle here. Hence Jhiri came into existence.

Nowadays, Jhiri is famous for adventure activities like river rafting.

Best river rafting sections are Manaki to Jhiri section, near Bajaura, in district Kullu, the other river rafting section from Pirdi going all the way 14 km down towards Jhiri




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