the name suggests, Phagli fair falls during the month of Phalgun
(i.e. 2nd half of February and 1st half of March). Phagli is celebrated
in most of the villages of Kullu valley but it holds a very important
place amongst the people of village Malana .
It depicts the victory of good over evil and shows the struggle
between God and devil for supremacy. Ultimately, God emerges victorious.
person is disguised as a demon by putting a mask on his face and
tying some grass around his body. God is represented by a 'Gur'
(God's spokesman). They perform special dances called Deo Khel
(acted upon by the gur) and Raksh Khel (performed by the person
who is personating the demon). The demon was known as "Tundi
Raksh" who used to trouble the people living between Malana
and Archhandi villages. He was finally killed by Manu Rishi and
Shandalya Rishi (sages).
To commemorate this event, the fair is held in Malana, Jana,
Soil, and Halan (villages) and in all the temples of Jamlu. Yellow
barley grass is grown by the people before the festival. This
grass is grown under shade in their houses and then worn by the
villagers in the form of garlands. Some people simply wear it
on their caps during the fair.