is a great Bheeli tradition alive amongs the Bhils since time immemorial. It is an ancient Bhil tradition which was invoked when a family had a problem but was not able to tackle it alone after having exhausted all the means. Then the family in need shall invite other families around to help it. Then many families would come together to help that family without any return. The tradition is an epitome of selflessness and a great showcase of community values of Bhils.
Solution to the biggest challenge for development was found in tradition. HALMA was reinvented to solve community problems. And now every year uncountable number of Halmas are invoked, sometime to plant village forest, sometime to even build a dam. Every year in the month of March whole of the Jhabua district responds to the call of Halma at the hill of Hathipawa. And to the amazement of everyone not less than 8000 people have turned up every year to work selflessly for the mother nature.
Halma at Hatipawa Hill
Since 2010 an yearly Halma for coming together and working together for rain water harvesting is being organized at Hatipawa hills Jhabua. In 2010 more than 1500 volunteers came, in 2011 more than 8000 village volunteers turned up and in 2012 more than 12000 volunteers worked together with the inspiration of “Parmarth Bhav”. Recently Halma was organized in March 14-15, 2016 in which more than 8000 people participated voluntarily for building water conservation structures in Jhabua.
Hatipawa is a hillock in the district of Jhabua which is spread over 9 square Kilometers. Trenches dug up on it have been instrumental in recharging ground water. The effort has had conspicuous effects. The ponds in the Jhabua town that would dry up during summers now remain full for much longer periods.
Significance of Halma is much more than being an age old tradition. And Reinventing it was not just for the sake of getting community work done.
Halma is a source of Pride in our culture. Its a way to tell ourselves that against what the world says, our Traditions are Precious and worth Emulating.
People from all over India coming to witness Halma tells us that we have also got things to Teach to the World.
Halma inspires Pride and Confidence, and becomes a foundation for our Swabhimaan.
Shivganga's endeavour to reinvent Halma has bore fruits. People who have now become conscious of their problems have been moving towards Green Growth. In this Journey enormous number of environmental conservation projects have been taken up and completed by the villagers. People no more feel themselves dependent on outsiders. They are always ready to stand up for their own Cause.