At Naog, now in the Punjab territory lived Langasan Devi, the sister of
another goddess named Kudin. Her present temple is at Karganun in tahsil Pachhad. A fair
is held on the "Ekadashi" (eleventh day of dark half of the month) before the
Diwali. It is said that she first appeared at the source of the river Giri, but others say
she originated from that river at Karganun. Langasan Devi is believed to have fought in
the guise of a man and to have fallen heroically in a battle either with Gurkhas or with
Mughal armies or with local rebels of Sirmur.
The traditions are not quite clear about her
adversaries. In one version, Langasan Devi is believed to be the sister of Kudin Devi,
daughter of Rajah Suraj Parkash of Sirmur, the principal heroine of the battle. All the
versions, however, tend to point to her participation and fall ir a battle. Her body was
then brought to Neri village where a temple was constructed and her image housed in it. A
similar temple was crected at Karganun for puja purposes but afterwards this village was
depopulated and thus all the images were transferred to Neri.
However it was resolved at that time, to bring
the images of Devi to Karganun once in a year during the Solan fair in the Bikrarni month
of Asarh, and this practice continues.