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Lady of Keylong

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Last Updated On: 08/02/2017  

“Lady of Keylong” is a unique geographical feature visible on the opposite side of River Bhaga from Keylong. It depicts the outline of a lady carrying a Kilta (traditional basket) on her head. The name was given to this geographical feature by Lady Elashainghday during the British Rule.

A Lady of Lahaul is a symbol of hard work, dedication and tolerance of highest degree. She cultivates the fields in summers, knits wool in winters and looks after her family throughout the year.

Going by this versatility of the ladies of Lahaul, this unique initiative tries to group, coordinate and empower them. In winters, when the vagaries of weather are extreme, the ladies do not sit idle. While talking, while walking, they keep knitting effortlessly.

Lady of Keylong initiative of the district administration aims to bring all the ladies of Lahaul engaged in knitting, weaving and allied activities under a single umbrella. They will be formed into a formal structure, as per legal norms, and allowed to plan, to decide, to execute and implement for themselves. This will not only foster a spirit of oneness and achievement, but will also unite them and guide them for a goal of self-reliance and freedom.

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