Jogini Falls is a waterfall with a stream running down to join the river Beas in the Kullu Valley below. It is sacred to the the village goddess Jogini Devi (Jogini Ma) & is therefore a place of female power, known as a shakti peeth.
The beautiful tranquil falls are counterpointed by the roar of the waters crashing down the mountainside.
Chhor Naala (mountain stream) runs down to the River Beas from the falls and delineates the boundary between Vashisht Village (with which the Goddess is associated) and fields on the far side belonging to Village Goshal, on the other side of the Kullu Valley.
Below the falls there is a small shrine, almost unnoticeable but important. Below that is the main Shrine (small temple), nestled under a walnut tree.
Villagers go to Jogini Devi to make offerings & to ask for her intercession. As it is such a peaceful, even soporific, sacred place, villagers also go there occasionally to sleep. Special occasions are marked by the cooking of food & the performance of rituals.
Jogini Falls is The Flower Raj encyclopaedia page for Jogini Falls & includes information on the current(April 2012) hydro project dispute. We believe this 1MW hydro scheme will desecrate and despoil the falls and that it should stop.
Jogini Anti-Hydro Demo Video"A huge gathering of women from various mahila mandals of the upper Kullu valley along with residents of Vashisht, Chaadiyari, Mathiyana, Koshala and Kanchnikoot took out a protest march here today against the 1-MW Micro-Hydel Power Generation Project undertaken by Water Miller Power Company coming up at the Jogini waterfall." (The Tribune, Chandigarh, 25/08/2011).
Shakti Peeth "The Shakti Pithas (Sanskrit: शक्ति पीठ, Śakti Pīṭha, seat of Shakti) are places of worship consecrated to the goddess Shakti or Parvati or Sati or Durga, the female principal of Hinduism and the main deity of the Shakta sect. They are sprinkled throughout the Indian subcontinent." (Wikipedia).
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JOGINI FALLS 2011
A photo series from 2011. This was my first attempt to document the beauty & spiritual power of Jogini Falls & the Jogini Devi who lives there.
JOGINI FALLS 2012
Three sub-albums, all from April 2012; first day mela (festival) afternoon when young boys receive their first ritual haircut from the shaman of the Goddess; a walk from Jogini to Vashisht & finally some shots of the awful hydro project .