Success at Jogini Falls.

Villagers of Vashisht are happy & relieved today. The Himachal Pradesh Government made the decision at Cabinet Level to cancel entirely the proposed 1MW hydro project at Jogini Falls. Celebrations are being held in honour of the Goddess (Jogini Devi “Ma Mai”). More when details become available:[wpvideo wnnJhWHd w=”640″] jogini fallsan article in the flower raj encyclopaedia on the goddess, the people & the place; with photos & videos & links to other sites.

“The Jogini waterfalls are basically the sacred bathing place for “Joginis” who are believed to be the unwed daughters of Lord Indra. It is on the first of Baisakh that the locals bring their children for their first tonsure here above the Bashisht village”.

“The Jogini waterfall is near Vashisht village. Every day a large number of domestic and foreign tourists visit it and the Jogini temple. The villagers from the valley visit and perform their rites at the temple and till date follow the custom of serving food in plates made of stone”.

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3 Responses to “Success at Jogini Falls.”

  • NEWS REPORTS 2nd May 2012: “Vashist residents in Manali support cabinet decision to cancel hydro project.” (Hill Post). “Chhor Nullah project cancelled; villagers jubilant.” (Tribune India).

    Also see updated: with photos.

  • Fantastic news… well done to all the activists – your prayers have been answered!

  • It is a most extraordinary victory for the people of Vashisht.The huge march of the Mahila Mandals during last August has convinced the government that village people will not be dictated to by the state.

    Jogini Falls, a place of pilgrimage for Hindus and a place of supreme grandeur for tourists from everywhere, was being turned into an intrusive industrial landscape, as ugly as could be imagined.

    There is a place for local electricity generation, but never at the expense of the precious Himalayan landscape and and of its religious shrines. Central planning must respect the land and the people of the land.

    The women of the Kullu valley must be congratulated, and their supporting menfolk also, on their political organization and dedication to the cause.

    As a foreign visitor over many years, I was proud to lend my small support to such a just and necessary cause.

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