On the eighth and the ninth of the light-half in the month of Chet a
small fair takes place here.
Associated with Simlasan Devi is the
Goddess at Belgi village (tahsil Pachhad) who is also worshipped as the Goddess Simlasan
Devi. A stone idol of the Devi is housed in a brick built temple about four hundred years
old. Apart from this idol the temple contains an iron lamp, a trident and a big chain. In
front of the temple is astone platform and a pipal (Ficus religiosia), tree adding to its
picturesqueness. Worship is held primarily on the 'Katik Sudi Duj' (second day of the
light half of Kartik) but,
sometimes, if so desired, the Devi is
worshipped on Sunday, on "Sankranti" and on full moon day also. Offerings of
milk and clarified butter are made with careful exclusion of liquor and meat for the Devi
is regarded as a 'Vaishnav' and a vegetarian. Hindus of the surrounding, areas pin their
belief in the Devi. They believe that bumper crops would reward her worship, immunity from
cattle diseases, and abundant yield of animal products.
There are legends about Kudin Devi at Dudam
and Langasan Devi at Karganun (tahsil Pachhad). There is a legend that she was a daughter
of Suraj Parkash, Rajah of Sirmur who was blind and lived in Neri Jagela. When this chief
refused to pay tribute to the Mughal emperor, the latter sent a host against him through
Dehra Dun, which was met by the rajah's army, under the princess herself.