Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Meadows of Gulmarg

How green was my valley! That summer.
Gulmarg. June, 2008.

Giving it out in big Wallpaper size.


Some people may recall its former glory.

Funny thing is that in year 1906, Francis Younghusband, then resident of Kashmir, was already documenting how 'modern' tourist spot of Gulmarg came into being and how some people (though he was not one of them) Gulmarg was getting 'spoilt'. He preferred the festive electric environment. In his book Kashmir (1911)  he wrote:
WHAT will be one day known as the playground of India, and what is known to the Kashmiris as the "Meadow of Flowers," is situated twenty-six miles from Srinagar, half-way up the northward- facing slopes of the Pir Panjal. There is no other place like Gulmarg. Originally a mere meadow to which the Kashmiri shepherds used to bring their sheep, cattle, and ponies for summer grazing, it is now the resort of six or seven hundred European visitors every summer. The Maharaja has a palace there. There is a Residency, an hotel, with a theatre and ball-room, post office, telegraph office, club, and more than a hundred " huts " built and owned by Europeans. There are also golf links, two polo grounds, a cricket ground, four tennis courts, and two croquet grounds. There are level circular roads running all round it.There is a pipe water-supply, and maybe soon there will be electric light everywhere. And yet for eight months in the year the place is entirely deserted and under snow.

Like Kashmir generally, Gulmarg also is said by those who knew it in the old days to be now " spoilt." With the increasing numbers of visitors,with the numerous huts springing up year by year in every direction, with the dinners and dances, it is said to have lost its former charms, and it is believed that in a few years it will not be worth living in. My own view is precisely the opposite. I knew Gulmarg nineteen years ago, and it certainly then had many charms. The walks and scenery and the fresh bracing air were delightful. Where now are roads there were then only meandering paths. What is now the polo ground was then a swamp. The " fore " of the golfer was unknown. All was then Arcadian simplicity. Nothing more thrilling than a walk in the woods, or at most a luncheon party, was ever heard of.

And, doubtless, this simplicity of life has its advantages. But it had also its drawbacks. Man cannot live for ever on walks however charming and however fascinating his companion may be. His soul yearns for a ball of some kind whether it be a polo ball, a cricket ball, a tennis ball, a golf ball, or even a croquet ball. Until he has a ball of some description to play with he is never really happy.

So now that a sufficient number of visitors come to Gulmarg to supply subscriptions enough to make and keep up really good golf links, polo grounds, etc., I for my part think Gulmarg is greatly improved. I think, further, that it has not yet reached the zenith of its attractions. It is the Gulmarg of the future that will be the really attractive Gulmarg, when there is money enough to make the second links as good as the first, to lay out good rides down and around the marg, to make a lake at the end, to stock it with trout, and to have electric light and water in all the " huts," and when a good hotel and a good club, with quarters for casual bachelor visitors, have been built.

All this is straying far from the original Arcadian simplicity, but those who wish for simplicity can still have it in many another valley in Kashmir at Sonamarg, Pahlgam, or Tragbal, and numerous other places, and the advantage of Gulmarg is that the visitor can still if he choose be very fairly simple.


I was told my maternal great grandfather used to work as a keeper in a tourist club at Gulmarg. My nani recalls her samawar tea parties held on these green meadows. She also recalls how angreez used to excitedly taking their photograph - kashmiris and their samovar. She also recalls how the fertile land here offered great crop of potatoes. She recalls the luxuries that the job offered - water, electricity, fine cloths and great perks. My great-nana, one Tarachand Raina, worked in Gulmarg right till 1947, right till the kabayli attack after which the club ceased to exist.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Kashmiri Bakery, Noida

Sector 53. In middle of rows of car repair shops.
Roshan Lal Kashmiri Bakery
Tuesday Closed

Took these photographs one early Sunday morning.

As I walked towards the delivery counter of the bakery, nearby, their previous customer - a balding, portly well-past middle age gent wearing checkered Bermudas (or what resembled Bermudas), a T-shirt horizontal striped in two hues of blue and sporting a pair of rubber chappal, who (I noticed) had bought a bagful of girdas and lavasas, kick started to life his turquoise painted, JK three-digit number plated, late 1980s model Bajaj Chetak scooter and left; bag of girdas and lavasas packed safe in the front dicky.

Next in line was a domestic help of some family, a 'jeer bai', placing an order for rotis.While her order was getting ready, the shop help discussed weather and this and that with her. After she left, I had the entire shop to myself, so I took some photographs while my order for girdas and lavasas was getting ready.

Taking orders on mobile.
They are planning to open a branch at Greater Noida.

Friday, June 26, 2009

took noon/ Pakistani rock salt

Placed, on the metal, in the space between two burnt-black burners of the Gas daan, right in the place meant for a matchbox and just next to the weeks old crisp taher myet, was a lump of took noon - the rock salt that came from Pakistan.


An upset stomach! Why that's no worry at all, Kid. Have some rice with zaamdod la'yiss and a piece of took noon thrown in on the side. Add la'yiss to rice, place took noon in the middle and rub it on the plate surface. Eat. Rub some more. Eat. Strike the crystal on the plate surface. Took. Took. Took. Eat



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A pandit signboard in Kashmir?

On way to Ganpatyaar temple, traveling in a mini-van, spotted a signboard with a pandit name - Dr. S. Raina. M.B.B.S. M.D

I pointed it out. They missed it. I was told it's just a signboard - there is a greater chance that no pandit actually lives there, the locals have just left that signboard be. Show. 
But it didn't seem like an empty house.

Some how it all seemed strange and the signboard seemed out of place.


Kashmirispotting: In which we scan the credits and screen  for Kashmiri names and faces.

Exhibit : Kashmiri spotted in the wonderful credit track of Merchant Ivory's year 1970 film Bombay Talkie (1970).

The man spotted here is this painted frame is Awtar Krishna Kaul. In 1973  Awatar Kaul went on to write and direct a film for NFDC called '27 Down'. The film was shot in B&W and had Rakhee and M.K. Raina (his first major role) in lead. In 1974 the film won: National Award for Best Hindi Film and Best Cinematography; Ecumenical Award, Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland. Awtar Krishna Kaul died the same year in a drowning incident.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Maenz, Mehendi, Henna

It just used to be a daub of henna planted in the center of the palm by a woman, now there are elaborate designs made by experts.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

tahaer - Yellow Rice

 Tahaer tastes great with tcharvan -aulov, or Dum aloo, and it even tastes great with plain zaam'd'odh.
But this yellow doesn't look right. What's wrong with this turmeric. The yellow doesn't come out right anymore. It's all pale.
Koshur tamul was sweet. It came from villages, certain villages. You had to pay a sort of excise duty if you bought food items - rice, vegetables, or a duck and much else- from village to the city. But often, one could, with some planning, sneak them along.

Is today a bod doh? Did you survive something? Are you taking this to a shrine? Is it yellow enough? Do you know how to add the oil properly? Is this the oil? Is it oil of teel gogul? Is it mustard? Does tahaer give you heartburn?


You may check out some Kashmiri cooking at A Mad Tea Party

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

National School, Karan Nagar

 And a cry went up in the mini-van, 'National School, National School. Kus school ous.What a school, it was!' A lot of them had studied in this school.

And I turned to see broken window panes painted on red brick walls and a traditional wooden electric pole.
'English medium for Boys & Girls'

Kashmiri Folk Music, recorded in 1986 by Warren Senders


Warren Senders, the leader of the indo-jazz ensemble Anti-Gravity, is a talented composer/musician who has studied and rendered Hindustani music for over 20 years. [check out the Website of Warren Senders]

On March 21 1986, Warren Senders enjoyed some traditional Kashmiri music aboard the houseboat of musician Ghulam Mohammed Ahangar. By the end of the performance, Warren Senders had recorded around 90 minutes of pure traditional Kashmiri music.

Now recently, Warren Senders started uploading these recording at his wonderful Youtube channel.
In fact, has already uploaded around 60 minutes of the recording, setting them to beautiful photographs of Kashmir shot by himself.

Here's a link to the beautiful recordings (have also embedded some recording that I really found amazing):

"Three Kashmiri musicians: Ghulam Mohammed Ahangar, Abdul Aziz Parvez and Moiuddin Bhat, recorded in Srinagar, March 21, 1986. This video is the first of a series of Kashmiri traditional music. The presentation begins with a 20-minute suite of four instrumental melodies for rabab, sarangi and harmonium."

In which the musician set, tune and play their instruments.

Is that actaully a Heart beat in the background?

Kashmiri Traditional Melody for Rabab, Sarangi and Nuht [video link]

Amazing stuff to say the least!


Sunday, June 14, 2009

zaar, playing cards.

Time - 12:57 AM

While the music plays, in an adjacent room, almost invisible, men play zaar - cards, they play Flaash - Flush and they play Paplu - 'Rummy'. Money goes around. Alcohol moves around like a shy new bride. Prized. Concealed. Consumed. In moderation.

Song: 'Khanmaej Koor'

"I am your dear daughter"
Be'ha chas tchey Khanmaej koor

Time: 12:47 AM

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Man at Kralkhod

The street looked deserted. Not a sound. As if nobody lives here anymore. A man carrying a burden of trash on his back was the only one walking down this lane. My mother grew up in a house on this lane.

Man, Hawks at Habba Kadal

Photograph of a Security man posted on Habba Kadal.

Count the number of street lamps and the number of security men, if the security men out number the lamp posts, you know you have set foot on a troubled street.


On way to Gulmarg, I saw a security man standing, on duty, alone, in the middle of a vegetable field, shooting. He was taking pictures using a digital camera.

Kashyap Kashef Kashuf Causality

On the United Nations Assembly Floor:
A representative from India began: 'Before beginning my talk I want to tell you something about Rishi Kashyap of Kashmir, after whom Kashmir is named.
When he struck a rock and it brought forth water, he thought, 'What a good opportunity to have a bath.'
He removed his clothes, put them aside on the rock and entered the water.
When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished. A Pakistani had stolen them.'
The Pakistani representative jumped up furiously and shouted, 'What are you talking about? The Pakistanis weren't there then.'
The Indian representative smiled and said, 'And now that we have made that clear, I will begin my speech.'

- a 'forward' Email that was in circulation a couple of years ago.


Pages from History.

'Travels in Kashmir, Ladak, Iskardo, the Countries Adjoining the Mountain-Course of the Indus, and the Himalaya, north of the Panjab with Map'  By G.T. Vigne (Published 1844).

Godfrey Thomas Vigne(1801-1863), an English travelers visited Kashmir in 1835.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

You know you are a Kashmiri if...

Got this 'forward' in my mailbox today. I have read a similar 'forward' from Bengalis about Bengalis. Nice to see wicked Kashmiri humor at work here. Hats off to the anonymous who came up with the Kashmiri list.

Each of the point listed here rings true...chaeyn kasam :) but I am making some additions

1) You have the Kashur Nass.. we have a face on a nose!! Its like a nose broken into pieces and then reassembled by a 2 yr old..

2) You luuuuuv food!! No offense to fellow food lovers but we take our love for food one step ahead. (Even celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain had to concur during his visit to Jaipur where he ate out at  the house of chef Vimal Dhar)

3) You take pride in being a Kashmiri .. So much so, that you think that the human race should be divided into two groups; People who are Kashmiris and people who wish they were Kashmiris:)

4) You have atleast 10 Avtarkishan, Hridainath. and we pronounce it has hadeynath.. we just don't pronounce the r , santosh, pamposh, usha, bhusha, shanta, kanta ..in your family.. And people with nicknames like pyntu ji, paapu ji, byttuji....

5)You like alhach, wangan hach, hogaad.. I think kashmiris are the only people who dry perfectly good vegetables and then eat them even if they are living in tropical region.

6) All through your childhood you thought your father's name was " HEY YAPARHASA".

7)You learnt all the kashmiri" WOH WOH" before you even learnt how to spell your name..

8)You look at non kashmiri people and say " Uhn shikass"

9)Get excited when you see a kashmiri on television even if he's standing in the corner and all you can see is his finger..." Oh look Kashmiri.." [Example in point 2]

10) Your sense of fun is having batta and sleeping..

11) You are obsessed with giss and mandloo..

12) You go to a Kashmiri gathering and turns out the next person is your relative that you havn't ever met.. some mamtur poftur boy...and you don't even know what the relation is called.

13) Your father addresses every person as " this is my another brother" turns out that person is the next door neighbour's sweeper's son..

14)You have a typical Kashmiri name like Sheen, Sondri Gondri, Sukta..

15) If you translate Kashmiri into hindi in an attempt to speak hindi.."hum ghar main teen aurtey hain"-" uss chi gharass manjh trey zanaan"

"airport pay takleef nahin aaya" - "airport peth maa ove takleef."

16) Your mom gets scared at every tiny thing and says "kossay trath hey payam".. and then reads the yindrakhi paath . She screams 'hai kya gom' on hearing about ill health of next door neighbour's sweeper's son.

17) You are a Doctor or an Engineer..

18) You eat every single organ of the goat like the chagul( goat testicles) , charvan( liver), hooves, the kidneys we don't spare any part..

19) You have the funniest surname...

zalpuri ( zall which means pee) whyyyyy..
mattooo, kher ( donkey) or what kashmiris call " Dunkey"
wattal( garbage man).. pure genius..

20) Have a thick accent and pronounce scotch as ssakaych.. or smoke as ssamokh

21) Have the weirdest style of dancing as if you are screwing two bulbs..

22) When your mother yells into the phone because its a long distance call!!

23) Your real birthday is called "cake vohorvod" or 'angree'z vohorvod'.

24) You go into a kashmiri store just to show off how much you know about Kashmiri artifacts but buy nothing..

25) Stuff people with food even if they are bursting up to their throats. Meyean dree...ahk piece byakh piece. And the curry is poured onto your palm and the piece is in your lap.

26) You are a Kashmiri if you pick that piece up, put it in your thaal and quitely eat while praying they don't come back with more.

27) You prefer kandarwaan over the baguette..

28) While going for an exam your mother asks the kachravol or the dodhwol to walk to your right...and usually asks you to avoid Zanaan'e zang.

29) Your mother sees some women on television with skimpy clothes and calls her shikass mach, nang mach!!

30) Your father teaches you how to drive and all he can tell you is breyk breyk breyk and when you finally stop he says gggassuuu pppakooo..

31) "hello hello bi chass b" is your theme song..

32) Have at least 5 wokhuls and kajwatt in your house.

33) If someone reminds you every other day - Today is a aetham, don't eat this.

34) If your scream 'Tra'th' or 'Ta'payeel' thrice every hour, to no one in particular, without any rhyme or reason.

35) If you think smartest person in the world will one day be proved a Kashmiri. And also believe there is a good chance he or she will also turn out to be the most handsome or the most beautiful.

36) If you think every other Kashmiri is an idiot.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

House for Pandit Premnath Shastri

Photograph: A house just across mother's ancestral house at Kralkhod. I was told Pandit Premnath Shastri used to live as tenant in this house owned by a Muslim.


Post migration, Pandit Premnath Shastri developed his Vijyeshwar Panchang not just like it was an almanac but like a document recording ancient religious practices and rites of Kashmiri Pandits. Today Vijyeshwar Panchang is one of the threads that hold the Pandits together.


I read that in his old age Pandit Premnath Shastri became an ardent admirer of Osho Rajneesh.


Ever year, Vijyeshwar Panchang would carry not only a year's predictions for people born under various Zodic signs but also for the World, India and Kashmir. Skip the first few lines, no chance of getting the meaning, the last line reads:"Rest is up to God". India was apparently born under a bad sign. Rest followed.
Sample this: This year the World will talk about 'Nuclear' a lot.


I love this cover.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Nirjala ekadashi/ Neerzala kah

"Today is Neerzala kah," my father shouted into the mobile handset.
At the other end, my grandfather replied, "I just had a watermelon! Ha!"


Ekadashi, every eleventh of lunar month, is meant for fasting but on Nirjala Ekadashi or the 'waterless' eleventh lunar day, falling in the month of Jyestha(may-June), a day associated with Vishnu, even water is not consumed. And water is offered in charity.


There is a rock on the top of a hillock called Haldar, over-looking the Manasbal lake towards its north-east. From underneat this rock a little water is ozing out. Every year on the Nirjala Ekadashi day a fair is held here. The pilgrims sing in chorus:

'Balabhadra haldaro palah talah poni trav'

(O Balabhadra Haldara (Krishna's elder brother) allow water to flow out from this rock!)

then suddenly water flows out in a large volume from underneath of this rock which suffices for the bathing of the pilgrims assembled.

At this spot there was a stone image of cow from whose four Udders water used to come out in drops. It is said that about one hundred years ago this image was removed by Zamidars of the neighboring villages and buried somewhere under the rocky earth nearby.

- Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh by Desh Bandhu


Cartoon is by my friend Sandeep Bhat.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Stats on Year of Old photograph Video

I had uploaded this video to Youtube on June 02, 2008. It has been a year since then and and here I am share the stats of this video.

Basic stat

Year of daily views looks like this

The actual views as of 2 June 2009 was 28XX something. The star rating (even that half star wan't missing till a month ago) and the count for 'Favorited' tells me that the video is fairly well appreciated by the users.

A year ago, I hadn't stated this blog, so most of the views come from my other blog [At The Edge]. At no. 2 spot is a post from Kashland (a sort of 'Kashmiri' Facebook with lot of features but not too fancy a name).

Comments Stat

No nasty comments were made, not a single comment had to be moderated (and I hope it remains like that!). Almost all the comments are by Kashmiri Muslim men.  Interestingly, the first few readers of this blog, much to my surprise, were Kashmiri Musilms.

Where do these commenter come from?

A couple of comments are from West and these include a nice comment by the author of a 'Jesus in Kashmir' book [my take on the subject of the book ].
No comment by Kashmiri pundit (although the video did make it way to atleast one Kashmiri pandit blog directed at young but typically too heavy on religion and 'culture is dying').

Stat of

They stats are normal and 'as expected', stats that fit in with the general viewership of Youtube i.e.  lot of males in the age group of  25-34.

Insterstingly, the video was posted on Kashland by a young Kashmiri Muslim girl.

Where do these viewers come from?
And here's how they reach the video:

And that the reason why Kashmiris hate the Danish rock band 'Kashmir': we search for Kashmiri song and we get some rock song on top of the search result page and not the authentic Kashmiri music. And that's why Kashmiris hate Led Zeppelin too...did they have to name it Kashmir if they even hadn't been to Kashmir. And now we Kashmiris have to click some more just to get the real stuff on Kashmir. (Just kidding! I love Led Zeppelin and love even the Danish "Kashmir'  - Rocket Brothers is great [video] and they sound good )

What do they see and how do they see?

Hits its first peak on old photographs of Jelhum
Starts to declines on a series of photographs of Nautch girls [click to read more about them]

Gets low

Starts to rise again on ruins
Reaches for peak as the images move to pandit temples

Hits the highest peak on the iconic photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Stays at peak for the photograph of  Jehlum.

Starts to decline again.

Continues to decline and crosses over into negative as photographs start to depict the common, the ugly and the harsh. And the credits.

A stir at the mention of music.


If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.

- Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Monday, June 1, 2009

Gangbal - Harmukh pilgrimage, 100 years later

Gangabal yatra to commence after 100 yrs
After a gap of nearly a century, the pilgrimage to the Harmukh-Gangbal shrine situated at an altitude of 12000 feet is all set to begin from Srinagar on Monday. A batch of over 40 Kashmiri pandits on Sunday left for the yatra to the sacred lake in Kangan belt.

- PTI (found via a 'feel good' news snippet in today's Hindustan Times )

Gangabal lake, located at the feet of majestic Harmukh mountain (16832 feet, making it second highest in the valley)  is about 3.5 Kms long, half a Km. wide and more than 80 meters deep at the center. Some people believe it to be the source of Sy'endh river (not to be confused with Sindhu (Indus) River )

According to a  Zee News report:

Gangbal is situated in the hills of Harmukh range in north east of Kashmir valley, at a height of 12000 feet on the Ganderbal-Sonamarg road. Gangbal is also called Harmukut Ganga and is believed that this place is pious as Haridwar where pilgrims perform prayers and immerse ashes of the dead. The last village Wusan is about 20 kms from Srinagar.

Ramradhan is the first pilgrimage centre about 5 kms from Wusan. Then the journey begins to Yamhear which is about 6-kms away. It is a steep ladder-like path and perhaps that is why it is called Yamhear (Lord Yama's ladder).

The route is dotted with several other lakes and temples. There is the black water lake known as Bramsaar, Sukhnag, a hot water lake, and Dukhnag where pilgrims take holy dip.

The return journey is from a different route via Narannag on the banks of a rivulet called Krenk nadi where beautiful temples are located.

Larakota* king Laltaditya Muktapida had expanded and beautified the Jyestha and Bhutesha temples at Narannag.

An annual festival will also take place at Gangbal on the occasion of Ganga ashtami, a spokesman said.
* That should be Karkota dynasty (8th century AD).

Here's something about 'Gangbal-Harmukh' pilgrimage I dug up from history:

"About forty miles from Srinagar, and lying at the foot of the great peak Haramokh, is the remarkable Gangabal Lake. It is reached by a steep pull of 4000 feet from the Sind valley. By the side of the path rushes a clear, ice - cold stream. From the top of the rise are superb views precipitously down to the Wangat valley leading up from the Sind and beyond it to a jagged range of spires and pinnacles. The path then leads over rolling downs, covered in summer with ranunculus and primulas, to a chain of torquoise and ice-green lakes, above which grimly towers the massive Haramokh six thousand feet above the water, and giving birth to voluminous glistening glaciers which roll down to the water's edge.

It is a silent, solitary, and impressive spot, and is held in some reverence by the Hindus."
- from 'Kashmir'  by Sir Francis Younghusband (1911)

A lot more about the belief of Kashmiri Pandits with regard to Gangbal Lake can be found in the marvelous book called "The Valley of Kashmir" (1895) written by Walter Rooper Lawrence.

"Gang Ashtmi, the eighth day of the waxing moon of Bhadron. is the day  when Hindus take the bones [astarak) of their dead to the lake beneath Haramukh and perform the sharadli service for the departed.

Bhadron/Bhadon usually means somewhere between August-September.

A few pages later, Walter Lawrence adds:

"To Ganga-Bal the Hindus resort after the death of a parent, and fling the knuckle-bones which the funeral pyre has spared into the deep waters. The road is difficult, as early snow sometimes overtakes the pilgrims, and delicate women and children often perish from exposure."

And earlier in his chapter about 'Reptiles' of the valley, he writes about a curious Kashmiri belief :

"It is universally said that no poisonous snakes exist in parts of the valley from which the peak of Haramak can be seen."

It was believed so - universally - in Kashmir.


 Zaan'e w'ale kar zaanee yaar, Harmukh Vi'chu Deedar
Pard'e Zaal Aaz dard-e-naar, Harmukh Vi'chu Deedar

"Seeker of Truth Know the Truth, Turn to Harmukh and See
Burn the veil, today, on pain of fire, Turn to Harmukh and See"

- a line from a song by Shamas-Faqir (1843 - 1906), a Kashmiri Sufi poet whose actual name was Mohammad Siddiq Bhatt.


To know some more about Gangbal-Harmukh  read this article by Prof. C. L. Sadhu

Why do stories connected with various Shiva pilgrimage sites in Kashmir (even Jammu) almost always have gujjars in them?

Gangbal - Harmukh has a tale known as Hurmukh'uuk Gosoni or 'Saint of Harmukh'.

According to the tale:
A Sadhu, for twelve long years, and in vain, to have the darshan of Lord Shiva, tried to reach the summit of the Harmukh. Then one day he saw a gujjar coming down the summit and as the gujjar  got near him, the Sadhu asked him what all did he saw up there. The gujjar told him that up-there somewhere his goat strayed , got lost (they always do) and while searching for it, up there, he saw, a man and a woman, a couple milking a cow and drinking that milk in a human skull. The kindly couple offered some milk to him too, which he of course refused to drink, but then when as couple were leaving, while departing, they rubbed some of that milk on his forehead. While the gujjar was concluding his account of the strange meeting, as his last gesture, with his forefinger, he pointed out the spot on his forehead where the couple had applied milk. Just then, the Sadhu, in a flash, eagerly and in mad joy, started to lick the gujjar's forehead and with each lick Sadhu's body, starting toe first, began to disappear - like someone running an eraser over it. According to the tale of  Hurmukh'uuk Gosoni or 'Saint of Harmukh', the Sadhu, that hermit, got instant Nirvana and disappeared from the face of this earth and the gujjar was left rubbing his forehead in utter surprise and in some warm pain.

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