Nuala is a popular folk dance of Chamba
. Before the performance, a garland is placed upon a pedestal, and it is regarded as Lord Shiva’s
garland. Then the performers play dramas describing the life of Shiva.
Women believed to be possessed of evil spirits are brought to the venue, and their strange behavior adds to the general mystery and awesomeness of the spectacle.
The chief devotee of Lord Shiva, Chela dances in a state of trance and he answers the questions that are asked to him. He predicts about the calamities, and the people vow to make special puja on this occasion.