150 Year Old Taboo Breached
For more than 150 years, residents of Barwan and Jhuppa Kalan, neighbouring villages in Bhiwani, did not share a meal or even have water in the other village. However, this taboo is to be breached on November 17 when villagers from both the village will sit together to enjoy a feast!
The boycott is reportedly an outcome of a turf war between the priests of the two neighbouring villages. Priest from Barwas incensed with the fact that priests from Jhuppa Kalan were performing rites in their village and enjoying their villagers hospitality, retaliated by waylaying one such priest and dumped him on the outskirts of the village after tying his limbs. In order to prevent escalation of tension between the two villages over this incident, the elders then decided to prohibit enjoying hospitality from the neighbouring village and the custom prevailed till date.
However, this cold war will come to an end as the Sisodian panchayat has brokered peace between the two villages and a special feast will be held on November 17 to bring the two villages together.
This union has emerged thanks to the efforts of a youth from Jhuppa Kalan who visited Barwas village for a wedding. When he was about to drink water there, the elders accompanying him stopped him and that is when he came to know about the feud.
He then prevailed upon the Sisodian Panchayat to broker peace between the two villages and that is how the 150 year old taboo will now be broken.