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Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

-Mother Teresa

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

-Winston Churchill

KATTA BEEL

Katta Beel

This tank is istuated at South Western side of the South West Garo Hills District in Nogorpara village. It is said that this tank was dug by one Garo Kinf nicknamed Pagla Raja or Lengthia Raja. He was called pagla (mad) for he worshipped goddess Kali and every day made human sacrifices to her. he was called Lengthia Raja because he wears only loin clothes as Garos do wear at that period. The Lengthia Raja ordered all his subjects to come and dug a tank for goddess Kali. The subjects as per their kings order gathered and dug a tank. Although no written records and concrete evidence was available to authenticate the origin of the tank, and even though no one can tell actually who, and when the tank was dug it was evidence that the tank was not built by an ordinary person or persons. Even to these day there is concrete steps from bottom to the top, on all four sides of the tank.These steps are used by royal families and nobles for taking bath. The area of the tank is 84 bughas in the rectangular shap. The size of the tank itself tells us that no ordinary persons could have dug such a big tank unless he is rich and powerful.

Legend has that there were crocodiles in the tankk, largest among them are two white crocodiles, which the locals believed to be sacred. It is said during the reign of Lengthia Raja puja was performed every day and prasad was offered to the sacred reptiles. It is believed that the white crocodiles used to make loud croaking sounds to foretell the approaching monsoon rains, and then the farmers are busy in tilling their land. And when the sacred crocodiles came out and make another loud croaking it is believed that rains ceased to come and drought begins. Due to these white crocodiles, the locals of these areas believed, the tank to be sacred and worshipped it as goddess of water and calls it "Chimite". No one is allowed to pollute the tank by taking bath, wash their hands, feet etc. else he/she will have the wrath of goddess of water and surely die and it is said not a'sign leave from the nearby trees fall in the tank and the water remains crystal clear all th year round. Even to these days the locals believed that there is some un-natural force that is guarding the tank. Now the tank is taken up as co-operative fishery firm, it is said that fishing could be done only with the consent of the unseen force and if it does not allowed, fishing is not possible. Another legend is the tank at Kodaldhowa. It is said that in order to wash the spades used for digging the Katta Beel the workers who camped at north of Katta beel three kms. away, dug another tank. And it is said the workers struck only one spade each person to dig this tank and washed their spades. The locals in Hajong language called this tank Kodaldhowa which means "Kodal" spade and Dhowa means wash. Nearby there are evidence of camp of workers who dug the Chimite. This Kodaldhowa tank was also taken up as co-operative Society Fish Firm. These two tanks though no written records are available at its origin but throws us some light on the life and civilization of early Garo people.