Losar fair, Riwalsar, Mandi
Losar is one of the
important festivals of the Buddhists of Lauhol Spiti and Kinour. This
festival is celebrated in some places of Lauhol Spiti and Kinour as well
as in Riwalsar near District Head Quarter of Mandi District. The
festival is a tribute to the Buddhists Gods or Tantric Lamas of the old
times. The celebrations are made to worship Padam Shambhav and other
Buddhists Lamas who are supposed to be the incarnation of one legendary
Lama or the other. Celebration continue for two or three days in the
Buddhist temple (Gompas) in Riwalsar. Riwalsar is considered to be the
place of sacrifice of great Tantric Padam Shambhav alongwith Princess
Mandrva daughter of some local Chief.
The Buddhists sources claim/say that Padam Shambhav became alive again and the place was named by them as Padamasan. There are three Buddhists Monasteries at Riwalsar which are said to be of the Tibetans, Kinouras and Lauholas alongwith Spitvals. This festival is said to be devoted to the new years day of the Buddhists.