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Hindu Oracles Of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is famous for numerous unique temples dedicated to Gods and Goddess in Hindu pantheon and each temple has a spokesman. Gurs, Chelas and Grokchs are the oracles of Himachal Pradesh.

The Gur as medium of oracle has a monopoly in interpreting the will of gods.

During festivals and important rituals and pujas, they dance in a trance and answer questions to the deity, and the advise the appropriate sacrifice to appease gods.

Traditionally, the oracle of Himachal Pradesh are not supposed to wear leather, get a haircut, eat eggs or chicken or smoke.

Every deity has more than one Gur and the malegha Gur is their chief, who attends to all significant rituals.

In many villages the Gur is the arbiter of local disputes. They play a major role in placing the foundations of houses, diving auspicious times for construction etc.