Ganer is a unique festival as it takes indecency in its stride.
It is an amazing reality how the modern society is accepting and
preserving the rich cultural heritage passed on by the ancestors.
Ganerh falls in December or January. A person called Jathiali
in Kullu dialect is dressed in traditional costumes with sheep
horns on his head. He is made to sit on the musal (a tool for
rice shelling) and is carried on the shoulders by local people.
This procession passes through the village. The function begins
with a prayer to God. A person belonging to Bhandhari's family
(Storekeeper of Goddess Tripura Sundri) chants, "Hesu mangle kesu
haath, hesu mangle raja haath, dhatri haath irma haath, hesu mangle
kesu haath". The rests of the people repeat the verses. Then Bhandhari
pronounces Jihru (indecent verses) which is repeated by the gathering.
There is a tale behind this tradition. There was a Queen who
had not been laughing for a long time. All efforts to make her
laugh had been in vain. The King declared that whoever would make
her laugh would be rewarded. A minister hit upon a plan. He took
out a procession in which the Queen's brother was dressed as a
clown with the horns on his head. He was made to sit on a Musal
(pestle). The Queen saw the procession and burst into peals of
King declared that this function would be held every year. Since
then it became a part of the culture. In the evening Goon Ri Khel
(Tug-of-war) is carried out. The natives of village Jana on one
end and on the other end natives of Naggar hold the Goon (Rope).
The Goon is a symbol of snake whose head is held by natives of
Jana and the tail by natives of Naggar. Holding the Goon they
run down the track. The party, which arrives at the finishing
line first, is declared the winner. This practice has a story
behind it. There was a Nag Daitya, Vritrasur (devil serpent) who
had made lives of the local people miserable. It had come from
village Barha Gaon situated on the other side of River Beas. God
Jeev Narayan advised people of both the villages to fight the
devil in unity. They followed the advice and the devil was killed.
The function is held every year to mark the victory over the evil