Nanda Devi Raj Jat is one of the most celebrated fiestas of Uttarakhand, taking place once in every 12 years for 20 days. This time it is commencing on 29 august and will end on 16 September, 2013. A strenuous trek of 280 km remains jam-packed with the experience of mother’s nature, flora and fauna, fabulous culture and let one have a glimpse of standard of living of the Garhwal Himalayas. It is held to gratify Nanda Devi, who is the Isht Devi(Goddess) of people living in the Garhwal hill. The tranquil and serene ambience of Garhwal preserves freshness on their face all throughout the journey.
It is a live example of constant trust of the folks in deity Lord Shiva and Nanda to whom they have been paying homage since ancient time. The Aarti of Nanda Devi is carried out by the prince of Kansua in the direction of priests of village. The trek is undertaken by tons of devotees to accompany Nanda Devi to her in-laws’ destination – home of lord Shiva.
A primeval tradition
It is deemed that Nanda Devi Jat yatra is taken place when the four-horned sheep takes birth. And the long pilgrimage yatra is moved ahead with Maa Nanda Devi songs and Jaggar Geet expressing their faith in Nanda Devi and sore parting as her going away to her in-laws home. The yatra starts from Nauti village with four-horned sheep and ends at Homund Lake where after the ritual (pooja), the sheep is served food and decorated with ornaments. This festival falls somewhere between August and September after 12 years.
The legend has it that Nanda Devi, wife of Lord Shiva went away from her village to the Nanda Devi Parbat. As a result, when the yatra commences heavy rain arises and it is said that Devi tears drop down in the form of rain. Believed to have been established during the 16th century, Nandi Devi festival of Almora is the most famous among Nanital, Ranikhet, Munsiyari and Nauti fairs.
Last regal pilgrimage was taken place in the year 2000 and more than 50,000 pilgrims had been found taking this spiritual yatra. It is led through scores of beautiful temples, splendid villages and magnificent landscapes. If you had ever desired to be a part of this charming trip of strength, devotion and admiration, then this time don’t let this opportunity go by as it wouldn’t come frequently.
How to make it?
Jolly Grant Aiport in Dehradun would be the nearest to be a part of Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra 2013.
The closest railheads are situated in Rishikesh and Haridwar.
If you are planning to reach by bus, then don’t fret as Chamoli is associated with Nanital, Almora and Rishikesh. Well the direction for Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra is mentioned below:
Nauti village->Sem->Bhagwati->Kulsari->Chepnue->Dewal->Mundoli->Wan->Bedni Bugyal->Pathar->Nachonia->Roopkund->Shila Samudra->Latu Khopri->Sutol->Sitel->Ghat
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Transportation from Delhi to trek point & back
Accommodation plus meal
All Camping equipment on trek
Guide, cook, porter
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