DEVI DAMASANs

AT A GLANCE

Devta Name/Local Name/Vedic Name Devi Damasan/ Kushawa Devi
Type (Rishi, Nag, etc) Durga
Powering Divinity (Jogini) Devi herself is the power
Associated Devtas Markanda
Annual Fair (attended by which other deity) Vaishakhi, Diwali
Devtas from different places attend the festival
Dussehra Participation/Place Not participating in Kullu Dussehra since 1974


QUICK FACTS

Location Distance from Kullu Directions Stay Options Key Contact
Kushvaa Gram Panchayat Kushva 154 km Kullu-Aut-Banjar-Jalori Pass-Ani-Nirmand-Kushvaa Hotels and rest houses at Nirmand and Rampur (Shimla district) Lal Chand Sharma, Kardar/Inder Raj, Goor
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HIGHLIGHTS

According to Bhartha (the pronouncements made by the devi about her origins) Devi Damasan is one of the four Chambhus and seven Bharadi Devis born from Bada Kui. As she was going in search of a place to settle, a Naga named Jhakdu advised her to kill the Thakur (chief) of Jadai region, Shardu Singh and establish her estate. The Thakur had put 60 Halis and 60 Kudalis (120 workers in all) to work on his farm. One day wife of the Thakur was carrying lunch for the workers in the fields. One the way she felt so hungry that she ate food meant for all the workers. She was surprised. Further on reaching there she got to know that her husband had died suddenly. She enquired from an astrologer who told her about the Devi and asked her to build a temple for her. Temples were then made in the honour of the devi in the villages of Kushwa and Shah also. The devi has seven mohras.