S. R. PUNDIR writes an exclusive story for the readers of NNL: In Sirmour district it is famous belief of people that if any Chief Minister of state or Governor miss the Renuka fair he also miss his chair before next fair.
It may be coincident but since Governor General, Raja Bajrang Bahadur, first Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Himachal Nirmata Dr Y. S. Parmar and a number of Governors and three more Chief Ministers became the part of this tale, the believe of common man in this myth have strengthened.
Residents of Renuka, some of Devlu and custodians of ancient temple of Lord Parshuram have maintained date wise details of those Chief Ministers and Governors of Himachal Pradesh who did not participate in the fair and lost their chair within months. The fact is also evident if one goes through the record of post independence period of 60 year’s Renuka fair.
Vice President Dadahu Panchyat Mr Amit Bhardwaj said that it is not mere myth or false belief but it is hard fact that Chief Minister or Governor missing this special occasion to pay obeisance to Lord Parshuram and Bhagwati Renuka Ji lost their offices well before the next fair.
Devlu says that ‘taking part in the fair is not sufficient spending a night on Renuka Tirtha is essential for the rulers of Himachal Pradesh to ensure that their chair would be intact till the next fair. Former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is the latest example of this tale’. Last year Mr Virbhadra Singh could not participate in the inaugural ceremony of the fair due his engagements in Delhi where party tickets were being decided for Vidhan Sabha elections.
Haunted by the jinx of famous belief of people that if any Chief Minister or Governor miss the fair he also miss his chair before next fair, Mr Virbhadra Singh next day attended the Renuka fair but could not spent a night at Renuka. His party lost the power in the state with in two months.