This Kashmiri proverb “What Laila was on Majnun’s bosom (Legendary Lovers), so is the Kanger to a Kashmiri”, sums up the relationship between a Kashmiri and the Kanger and its cultural importance.
Kashmir is one of the most unique and beautiful parts of the world. No matter what season it is Kashmir has its own charm and beauty. As the winters approach Kashmir presents a different look which certainly has its due share of beauty and magnificence. There are aspects that upholds unique tradition and culture of Kashmir, one of them is the Kangri!
Kangri is an earthen pot woven around with wicker filled with hot embers used by Kashmiris and beneath their traditional clothing to keep the chill at bay, which is also regarded as a work of art. Even in the times of science and technology where latest and novel innovation have been attempted to replace Kangri, kangri continues to be the most inexpensive and effective source of keep individuals warm during the chilly winters.
Kangri is an indispensable winter accessory for a common Kashmiri. Kangri is not just a tool used for warmth during winters, it has its legacy and represents the rich and exquisite culture of Kashmir.
Kangri has its importance and traditional backgrounds.
This Kashmiri proverb “What Laila was on Majnun’s bosom (Legendary Lovers), so is the Kanger to a Kashmiri”, sums up the relationship between a Kashmiri and the Kanger and its cultural importance, which is also shown by this verse:
Ai Kangri! Ai Kangri!
Qurban tu Hour wu Peri!
Chun Dur Bughul Mi Girimut
Durd az Dil mi buree.
(Oh, kangri! oh, kangri!
You are the gift of Houris and Fairies;
When I take you under my arm
You drive fear from my heart.)
In winter it is almost impossible to get Kangri from someone who has it, in fact true love is sharing Kangri “Josh” with someone special.