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Monday, April 28, 2014

Picnic cum cleanliness drive held at Lampokhari

RONGLI, APRIL 28: A picnic cum cleanliness drive was organized by Scouts and Guides (Dalapchand SS) and Generous Student Dalapchand SS at Lampokhari on April 28.  Chandra Maya Rai, Panchayat President, MK Rai, Panchayat Secretary, Teaching and non-teaching faculties of Dalapchand SS and the students were present on the occasion.
CD Rai, senior teacher of Dalapchand SS enlightened the gathering about the cleanliness drive and the role of Generous Students. Rai went on to speak about different activities carried by Generous Student Dalapchand SS in the last couple of years. Chandra Maya Rai, Panchayat President expressed her happiness about the activities conducted by Dalapchand SS and promised to support the school for other social causes. She presented an amount of Rs. 1000 towards Generous Student Dalapchand SS’s fund. B.B. Rai, senior teacher of Dalapchand SS gave the vote of thanks.
SD Bhutia, GT (Bio) and Scout Master of Dalapchand SS said, Lampokhari is the pride of Dalapchand and our state and when we found that the surroundings at the lake needs to be cleaned. We found this to be a noble job and the whole school from class iv to class x joined together for this noble cause. Scouts and Guides (Dalapchand SS) and Generous Student Dalapchand SS remain thankful towards the Panchayats, School Head and staff and students for their presence, said Bhutia in the Press Release.

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Chisopani JHS and Ralap SS celebrates International Day of Sports for the Development of Peace.



SINGTAM, APRIL 7:  Ralap SS defeated Chisopani JHS five goals to one in an exhibition match played at Chisopani JHS today. Both the schools were observing International Day of Sports for the Development of Peace. Trophy, prizes and certificates were presented to the players by the Chief Guest. 
Bimal Lamichaney, Panchayat President, Sirwani Chisopnai GPU was the Chief Guest of the day while the other guest included Karma Jigme Bhutia and Michael Lepcha (Pandam Football Academy), Dorjee Sherpa, Headmaster, Ralap SS, Mahesh Dahal, Headmaster Chisopani JHS, his staff and the students and local villagers.  
Mahesh Dahal, Headmaster Chisopani JHS in his welcome speech welcomed the guests and spoked about the occasion, Football is the most popular sports in the world and it is sports that can spread peace everywhere. We all human should always unite and work for the progress of the society, said Dahal.
The team of Ralap SS was a better team on the day and they played better game. They went on to win Best Goalkeeper, Highest Scorer and Player of the day prizes. Karma Jigme Bhutia and Michael Lepcha (Manager and Coach of Pandam Football Academy) also interacted with the young players and share few guidelines about the game.
Bimal Lamichaney, Panchayat President, Sirwani Chisopnai GPU in his speech congratulated both the schools for the game and encouraged the players. He spoked about the beauty of the game and how it binds every individuals. The exhibition match was organized by Chisopani JHS. CM Chettri, PRT, Chiopani JHS was the host of the day.

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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Gardhaney Bhir, Motay Mangar and his Jhyampal



Couple of years back, I was on a visit to place called Mangsari Mangarzong in West Sikkim looking on the legend of Mangarzong. I then had heard several fascinating stories now more of a folk tales from old folks of the village.
Those oral traditions are now part of history that has been passed since generations. It was during those days, when the Mangars were repeatedly attacked by their enemies, the Mangar King was forced to hide his royal treasure on the nearby hills. The opposing enemies of the Mangars never found the treasure but the story of hidden treasure transformed from one generation to another gave birth to the name ‘Gardhaney Bhir’ that means ‘Valley of Hidden treasure’ to the place where people do believe of the Mangar King’s hidden wealth.
The battle field narration of Mangar Queen riding on horse with his baby tied on his back is still popular to this date and much loved fable story. Although her story coincides with that of Jhansi ki rani, but the Mangar Queen does share her fame of bravery, where she died fighting her enemies. It is said she was surrounded by enemies on the battlefield and there was no space for her to escape. She took her life jumping on the river nearby. The story tries to speak of sentiments and I too was caught hold of this narration when heard it for the first time.
The History of Sikkim (1908) compiled by Chogyal Thotob Namgyal and Gyamo Yeshay Dolma records the meeting of Phuntsog Namgyal, the first Chogyal of Sikkim with the Mangars and Limboos while on the way to Yoksum for his coronation. Interestingly, despite oral documentation of a supposed Palace at Mangsari Mangarzong, very little had been done to discover the prime time of the Mangars community in Sikkim. I had personally visited the place with Rajen Upadhaya, History Lecturer, Namchi Government College and his students; we had noticed some hollowness on the land while trekking through the area. We never knew more about it but people say that they had been hearing their foot-step sound on the mud since long time back.
Coming back to Gardhaney Bhir’, another fascinating incident is attached to it. Just between Budang and Mangsari Mangarzong from a road side, we were shown a small iron rod; a part of Jhyampal (digging bar) struck on the rock some 100 metres. Villagers say this particular digging bar was put into the rock by a man named Motay Mangar, a labourer by profession but known more for his power lifting ability.  It was during the digging of the Jorethang – Soreng Road in the 60s, Motay Mangar wanted to make a name for him to be remembered for a long time so he had strucked the Jhyampal into the rock to show his muscle supremacy. He was more like a Hercules, remembers an old folk. I feel the digging bar must be around 5ft long and more than 4 ft of the bar had been struck inside the rock. Definitely, he must have been a big name then. People had tried numerous instances to pull it off but the iron rod could not be pulled. Old folk does remember Motay Mangar to this day with pride and say…..’Water and weather of those days were different”.
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When i started my blog on Sikkim way back in 2007, i had it clear on my mind that this blog shall help people look out for knowledge on Sikkim. I always wanted a knowledge house about Sikkim, its past, present and future. I do not know over the years how much did i succeed but my determination to let other understand my Sikkim is always giving me a push. with regards Shital Pradhan (himalayanreview@gmail.com)

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