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What Was a Halunda Used For?

Ranu Tamang | September 3, 2021
Many traditional items are now forgotten. There are also interesting stories that are often associated with them. One such item is called a ‘halunda’.
It was made from buffalo hide — specifically from its chest area. Traditional folklore says they were used to cure swellings in the body or to treat wounds.
Even more, when there were dry spells with little rainfall, a ‘halunda’ inserted in a vessel of water usually ushered in rainfall. This particular example is approximately 80-90 years old.

Ranu Tamang

Ranu is a rural tourism entrepreneur. He hails from a picturesque village called Chegra in North Bengal. Following stints at several premium hotels across India, he decided to shift home and begin his entrepreneurial journey.


Ranu is also a Buddhist scholar. He spent 13 years as a monk in the Sonada Monastery near Darjeeling. His brother, Paljor, and he also run their own monastery in Chegra. Their homestay venture, meanwhile, is called Kartiyog Sougar.

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