Ten villages in the outskirts of a state from India stay silent for 42 days to appease gods.
According to a report, the silence begins every year during Makar Sankranti (January 14). It then continues until the end of the “Magh” month. However, this year, the silence ended last February 25.
Manali is a resort town nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Tourists visit the area during winter seasons when the temperature drops below zero degree Celsius.
The Manali villages observe silence for 42 days as gods return to the heavens for meditation. The belief says the noise from the earth will disturb them.
If gods will get angry, the locals will experience great misfortunes to their crops and livestock.
Villagers require visitors to stay silent, a practice inherited from their ancestors centuries ago.
As per tradition, the locals start their routine activities only when the deities return to the temple.
The centuries-old temple dedicated to gods Gautam Rishi and Ved Vyas is also closed to the public.
Temple Priest Chaman Lal said the blooming of the flower after the temple’s reopening symbolizes happiness for the villagers.
The priest said the villagers await for prediction when the temple reopens.