Location of Malana
Malana is an ancient village of India, located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This isolated village in the Malana Nala, a side valley of the Parvati Valley to the north-east of Kullu Valley, is isolated from the rest of the world.
Peaks of Malana
The majestic peaks of Chandrakhani Peak and Deotibba Peak shadow the village. It is situated on a remote plateau by the side of the torrential Malana river, at a height of 3,029 metres (9,938 ft) above sea level.
Mythological History of Malana
According to the Hindu mythology, Jamlu where a hermit inhabited the place and made rules and regulations. The locals claim it to be one of the oldest democracies of the world with a well-organized parliamentary system, guided by their deity Jamlu rishi. Although Jamlu is currently identified with a sage from the Puranas, this is a relatively recent development. Jamlu is believed to have been worshipped in pre-Aryan times. Penelope Chetwood, famous historian recounts this bygone Puranic tale about an orthodox Brahmin priest, who visited Malana, and tried to educate the locals about the pedigree of their god, and what subsequently befell the hapless priest.
Malana: First Democratic Country
Malana is considered to be one of the first democracies in the world. According to tradition, the residents of Malana are the descendant of Aryans and they acquired their independence during the Mughal reign when the Emperor Akbar walked to the village in order to cure an ailment that he was afflicted with after having been successfully cured he put out an edict stating that all the inhabitants of the valley would never be required to pay tax. There is a bold suggestion that Malana was founded by remnants of Alexander the Great's Army. It is believed to be the descendants of Alexanders army.
Hydro Malana Project in modern Malana
A dam project, the Malana Hydro Power Station, has brought Malana much closer to the rest of the world and provides revenue for the region. A new road has shortened the walking time from several days to just 4 hours. The Hydro Malana Project has also ruined the beauty of the valley. In 2004, Malana was adopted by Aryan Sharma, a businessman based in Delhi. On 5th January 2008, a raging fire in the village, which burnt for more than 5 hours, destroyed cultural structures and parts of ancient temples located in the village.
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