Rongma Gitil is a place called “Sindrak Amegol Achura Balnangra” by our forefathers, a place of ceaseless wind and dry land. In ancient times this place was not known as Rongma Gitil (literally a Fallen Rock) and actually, it was not a rock. The earth was still in a formative state and just sixteen days after the creation. This particular incident was co-incited with the time of distribution of equal amounts of land and water to human beings and gods by Dakgipa Rabuga (ancient god) without any favoritism. During those days human beings were demi-gods back then.
Tale of Grimringpa Rikgapa Saljang Jamepa
Grimring Rikgapa Saljang Jamepa and his wife Silje Ganje Noe Noche were the primary inhabitants of this place. Both of them presented sacrifices to gods while carrying out the rituals by building an altar and thus made the waters flow. They cultivated the land and lived as a family looking down the vast landscape from the hilltop. Though the place is very comfortable they felt were alone and longed for a companion. Then, Grimringpa went down to Sangreng Nidopa and asked for companionship. Sangreng agreed to the request made by Grimringpa and settled down there.
In those days, a man called Mringpa Rajapa Saljapa Danepa was strong and belligerent. He came with “mil·lam” (two-edged Garo sword) in his hands and “seppi” (a shield) under his arms and challenging anyone he meets on his way. Mring came through Badaka, crossed the river Il·dek, and came up through the hills of Koasi. He mischievously took out the eaves from Koasi Bachelor’s house. That’s how it appears to be a crack in Koasi’s house.
Fight between Grimringpa and Mringpa
Mringpa came towards the west and reached the very place where Grimringpa had made his dwelling. Grimringpa was washing his feet in a vessel nearby outside the door and saw Mringpa on his way. He was carrying a cloth “gando makkal” (a loincloth used by Garos to challenge) on his shoulders. Grimringpa enquired about the cloth and as a sign of challenge he tried to take it by saying, “…give me that…let me see how thick and how strong it is.” Mringpa sensed that the challenge was an insult for him and he replied, “Huh…you have insulted me and challenged me.” It resulted in Mringpa’s serious anger instead and both of them wrestled for seven days and seven nights.
On the sixth evening, Mringpa dominated the fight and grasped him by breaking Grimringpa’s wrist. He felt too weak to retaliate against Mringpa, fell, and lied down on the ground. Mringpa took a chance and kicked off Grimringpa towards his house. That house collapsed and flattened upon the owner. Triumphing over his opponent, Mringpa threw his shield upon the fallen roof and waited if someone would come to face him. He noticed that nobody would come to face him and help Grimringpa. Mringpa left that place and decided to take away things belonging to the defeated man.
Sangreng, a neighbor of Grimringpa a heard the intense fight from a distance. Concerning his neighbor’s life, he took his sword and shield and went to look out, but he was daunted when he saw Grimringpa defeated. He just stood from afar and watched helplessly as Mringpa walk away victorious. As time passed by, the roof that flattened and covered Grimringpa turned into a huge stone. It was then called “RONGMA GITIL” or “FALLEN ROCK.”
Important Places in Rongma Gitil Area
Roong Danil or Stone Shield is a shield-like formation that can be seen on top of Rongma Gitil. It was formed when Mring defeated Grimring and threw his shield upon the fallen roof.
The fight between Mring and Grimring took place for seven days and seven nights, so Sangreng heard it from a distance. Concerning the life of his neighbor Grimring, Sangreng took his sword and shield and went to look out but he wanted to be daunted when he saw Grimring defeated. Thus, he stood and watched as Mring walked away victorious. That place is known as Sangreng Pattal.
A pass between two rocks is located on the way and away from the left side of the entrance known as Roong Dogachol. It is said that Mring on his way to Rongma Gitil broke through an entrance and left his mark behind.
Rongma Gitil was dry land with no source of water. The lake in the middle of the park was formed when an earthquake occurred on June 12, 1897.
Standing on top of Rong·ma Gitil can be seen towards the south. It is known as Doso Abri or a Hill of Rotten Chickens. Mring left the place where Grimring was buried. He also took away things that belonged to Grimring. On his way, Mring reached a certain place called Doso Abri where he left the chicken coop and poultry cage in that place because the act, he thought was imprudent. The chickens died and rotted as they could not move out of the cage. Thus, the place is known as Doso Abri or a Hill of Rotten Chickens.
Way to Rongma Gitil
The best route to Rongma Gitil is NH-37, Dudnoi-Daranggiri Road via Kharkutta village. It takes a maximum of one and half hours from the Banana Market at Daranggiri, Assam. People like young and adult, couples of families along with their children, friends, etc. are visiting this place now and then. Search this spot from the Google map:
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