ANCIENT VILLAGE MAJHACH
Majhach is a very small village on the hills of Kullu Valley. Just past Manali and opposite Vashisht you can reach it walking or riding a touch track up the hill. There are no guesthouses and I have never met any tourist. In the centre of the village there is the Jamdagni Rishi Temple, one of the many Gods in the Valley of Gods, Kullu Valley.
Jamadagni had a wife named Renuka who was very chaste and devout. She fetches water for him from a river nearby their hermitage and she is attracted to a Gandharva that appears nearby. While Jamadagni is waiting, he sees all that happens through his Yogic powers and asks his sons to execute her (he has five sons and the fifth is ParaSurama, the 6th Avatar of Vishnu). The first four refuse but ParaSurama, being obedient, goes to the river and slices her head off! Jamadagni in the meantime turns his other four sons into stones.
Since ParaSurama does what his father commands him to, he is awarded two boons and they are both used to restore the 4 brothers/sons and the mother to life and into the family again!
When you follow the concrete steps up from the temple you are heading for a great hike. When you get to a T-crossing you can either go left around the slope or straight up. The latter is a bit more difficult, but a great challenge. Left is passing through apple plantations and other farmer fields. With a little luck you will find some Marihuana fields. Take enough water with you. One liter was not enough for me.
I drive a Royal Enfield Machismo 500 CC and I love to ride to Majhach. It is not much of a road, more like off road. Rocks and holes are the best description for this road to Majhach. You got to have some experience in off road driving for there ain’t no fence along the road and it is straight down if you hop over the edge. After driving for 20 months now in India and Nepal I became indifferent to the hights, unlike when I just arrived. Everytime I look down from these roads I get the shakes, but on my bike I am only focussed to get where I want to go.
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