Friday, July 31, 2015

Jauljibi Fairs

The Jauljibi fair is held each year during the month of February while the Thal fair is celebrated in the month of April. This place also holds significance because it is at this place where the Rivers Kali and Gori converge. It is also the meeting place of various cultures, like Shauka, Nepali and Kumaoni. Jauljibi also acts as the getaway to places like Johar, Darma, Chaudans and Byans.

This fair is not only important from a cultural or commercial point of view, it also holds importance because each year, many visitors come from as far as Nepal, to sell horses, ghee and take back food grains and jaggery in return.

A very similar kind of fair is also organized in Thal during the festival of Makar Sankranti, or on the occasion of Vaishakh Sankranti, on 14th of April, each year. It is particularly famous with the Shaukas.

Time     February and April
Venue     Jauljibi, Uttarakhand

Uttarayani Fair

The Uttarayani fair is a very important fair of Uttarakhand. It holds significance in the cultural and social aspect of the state. This fair is not organized at only one but many places throughout the land of Uttarakhand. Places like Bageshwar, Rameshwar, Suit Mahadev, Chitrashila and Hanseshwar hold this fair. But, among all these places, it is Bageshwar where maximum number of people gather. People, on this day take a holy dip at the Ganges.

The sight on this day is a visually enthralling one. The mood, during this festival is just terrific. All night long people sing and dance. One is sure to enjoy the impressive performances by the folk artists. They sing Jhoras, Chancharis and Bairas.

The fair is also connected to the rich history of the state, as in the past too; this fair has played a very important role during the freedom movement. In 1929, Mahatma Gandhi came to Bageshwar. At present, it is an important commercial hub and various items like iron and copper pots, baskets, casks, bamboo articles, mats, matresses, carpets, blankets, herbs and spices are traded here during the fair. During the night, local music and dance festivals are organized here, which go on the whole night.

Uttarayani Fair Time  every year in January at Bageshwar, Rameshwar, Suit Mahadev, Chitrashila and Hanseshwar ,Uttarakhnd

Uttarakhand's Temples

Badrinath Temple

Surrounded by two mountain ranges, Nar and Narayan, Badrinath is known as the holiest place on earth. The Badrinath temple, situated here is the main complex where devotees seek blessings. Each year during the summers, many pilgrims from all over the country visit Badrinath temple as it remains closed due to snowfall during the winters.

The temple of Gangotri is dedicated to the Goddess Ganga and it is located on the banks of River Bhagirathi. This temple is about three hundred years old and was constructed by the Gorkhas. The commander of the Gorkhas, Amar Singh Thapa was responsible for its construction, back in the 18th century. This temple is open for the pilgrims from the month of October to May, while during the winters, because of heavy snowfall, it remains closed.

Kedarnath Temple

The temple of Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is visited by thousands of pilgrims each year. This temple is located at an altitude of about 3,580 metres and is situated amidst some beautiful mountain peaks and green valleys. This temple is built of some large, equally cut grey colored slabs of stones and is more than a 1000 year old. The temple consists of a Garbha Griha where the conical rock is situated and a Mandapam for seating the pilgrims for the visitors.

Yamunotri is located at an altitude of 3,235 metres above sea level. The Yamunotri temple, which is one of the primary attractions of the place, is located here. This beautiful temple is situated close to the thermal springs and is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. It was built back in the year 1839 by Tehri Naresh Sudarshan Shah. But, the temple has been damaged several times as this place is highly prone to earthquakes. It was rebuilt in the 19th century by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur. The temple has been reconstructed a number of times. It consists of an idol of Goddess Yamuna which is carved in black stone that is worshipped here.

Rudranath Temple

The Rudranath temple is situated at Rudraprayag which is the meeting point of rivers Mandakini and Alaknanda. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. The temple is situated at an altitude of 2,286 metres above sea level and is reached after a long, not so easy, 18 kms. trek. One of the important features about this temple is that it is surrounded by lot of ponds and kunds, namely, Suryakund, Chandrakund, Tarakund, etc.

Naina Devi Temple

The Naina Devi temple is located above the Naina peak, at an altitude of 2,611 metres above sea level. According to legends, after Sati had burned herself alive, her husband Lord Shiva carried her corpse and started his tandava or the dance of death bringing destruction on Earth. Lord Vishnu had to stop him; so he unleashed his chakra and cut the body of the Sati in 51 pieces. Wherever the body parts of Sati fell, those places are worshipped and are called as Shakti Peeths. Her eyes fell at the place where the Naina Devi temple is located.

Mansa Devi Temple

The Mansa Devi temple is perhaps the most famous as well as the most visited temple of Haridwar. It is located on top of a hill called the Bilwa hill. It is an ancient temple and is one of the Siddhpeeths in Himalayas. It is believed that the naval and the heart of Sati fell here. To reach the temple, one can either take the ropeway or trek all the way up the shrine. No matter which way the traveler takes, it is enjoyable nonetheless.

Madmaheshwar Temple

The Madmaheshwar temple is located in the Rudraprayag district and is one of the five Kedar temples. According to legends, it is one of the five places where the parts of Shiva fell. It is believed that that the place where the Madmaheshwar temple is situated, Lord Shiva's stomach had emerged.

Har Ki Pauri

Though not a temple in pure sense, it is one of the most famous ghats where people come to take a dip in the holy Ganga. This is also considered as one of the most auspicious places and lakhs of pilgrims, each year come to pay their homage. Har Ki Pauri was built by King Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhatnhari. The best time to visit Har Ki Pauri is during the evening aarti, when the water shimmers with the beautiful reflections of lamps floating around in the water.

Gauri Kund

Gauri Kund temple is located at a height of 6,500 metres above sea level, enroute to Kedarnath. This place also serves as the base camp for trekking to Kedarnath. It is believed that at this place, Goddess Parvathi carried her yogic practices to pacify Lord Shiva. Since Goddess Parvathi's other name is Gauri, hence, this place came to be known as Gauri Kund.

Chandi Devi Temple

The Chandi Devi temple is one of the most popular shaktipeeth of Haridwar. The temple is located on Neel Parvat, on the opposite bank of Haridwar. It was built in the year 1929 by King of Kashmir, Suchat Singh. According to various legends, the army chiefs of the kings of demons were killed here. The main image located here was established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD. There are two ways by which one can visit the temple - either through the ropeway or by trekking.

Baijnath Temple

The Baijnath temple is an important temple, both from the historical as well as pilgrimage point of view. This 12th century temple is dedicated to SivaVaidyanatha. SivaVaidyanatha means the Lord of Physicans. The temple consists of some of the most beautiful work of art, carved on stones. This temple reminds one of the great mythologies of India. It is believed that Lord Shiva married Parvati at the confluence of River Ganga and Gomti.

Chitai Golu Devta Temple

Famous Temple of Chitai Golu in Almora Chitai Temple is dedicated to Gollu Devta, an incarnation of Gaur Bhairav. Situated 8kms from Almora the deity of this sacred temple is reputed to make every wish come true, provided the worshipper ask for it with a clear conscience. All he asks for in propitiation is a bell, as was evident from the thousands of bells strung across the temple premises. Anyone can even seek Gollu Devta"s divine intervention by writing to him. Stacks of letter are pinned all over the temple along with bells.

Uttarakhandi Dishes

1. Jholi– (Kadi)
2. Palyo
3. Jhoi
4. Thinchwani
5. Rethu
6. Relu
7. Remori
6. Doodh Bhat
8. Lapsi
9. Bhatwani
10. Gathwani
11. Kafulu
12. Baadi
13. Pinaoo Sagg
14. Sissun Ka Sagg
15. Khikar Ka Sagg

Places to Visit in Uttarakhand

  • Tapkeshawar Temple
  • Har-Ki-Pauri
  • Bharat Mata Temple
  • Mussoorie Lake
  • Naina Devi Temple
  • Lakshman Jhula
  • Badrinath Yatra
  • Char Dham Yatra
  • Jim Corbett National Park

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Patal Bhuvaneshwar

Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a tiny village in the Pithoragarh district set among the lofty peaks, of the western Himalayan Range in the Kumaon Division of Uttarakhand, India. Patal Bhuvaneshwar, one of the most fascinating places of the Kumaon region, is a limestone cave temple 14 km from Gangolihat in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state in India. It is located in the village Bhubneshwar.

Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave temple is at a height of 1350 meters above sea level.

The cave is 160 m long and 90 feet deep from the point of entrance. Limestone rock formations have created various spectacular stalactite and stalagmite figures of various hues and forms. This cave has a narrow tunnel-like opening which leads to a number of caves. The cave is fully electrically illuminated. There is a folklore that the Pandava brothers passed their time here during banishment. It is built due to the flow of water. It cut the rocks in such a fascinating way that it looks like that any artist had made those entire statues within the cave & on its wall. It has some cave opening and it is believed that these opening will be close as the centuries pass on. The scientific fact is it still being developed due to crystallization of the minerals which are dissolved in the water.

Patal Bhuvaneshwar is not just one cave, rather a cave city. There is a 1 km long cave in Patal Bhuvneshwar. This is 90 feet below the ground level. Caves within caves, steps leading to another, each one unmasking deep secrets from within. The motorable road ends half a kilometer away from the cave entrance. You have to descends nearly 100 steps into this narrow cave, to reach the sanctum sanctorum, which gives an overwhelming feeling that you’re entering the centre of the earth. Each stone, each stalagmite within each cave or doorway, in magnificent erection revels the story of Hindu pantheon in the shapes of Gods, Goddesses, saints and known mythological characters.

Mythology of Patal Bhuvaneshwar

Legend and folklore have it that this underground cave enshrines Lord Shiva and thirty three crore (330 million) Gods. According to belief King Rituparna of the Sun dynasty (Surya Vansha) discovered the cave in ‘Treta yug’. It has been described in the ‘MANAS KHAND’ of ‘SKAND PURAN’. As per believe, some doors which are now closed were opened thousand of years back. It is yet not been fully explored. It is also believed that this cave is internally connected to the four abodes / seats (Char Dham).

Naina Devi Temple Nainital

Though the temple is named after Naina Devi (another name for Sati), the biggest social occasion here is the festival held in honour of Nanda Devi.

The patron goddess of Kumaon hills and a local princess Sunanda Devi.

On the northern side of the lake is built a temple dedicated to Sati and is called the Naina Devi temple.

Nanda Devi Mela

Nanda Devi Mela is held as a symbol of prosperity, both material and spiritual, of the hill regions.

Nanda Devi Mela is a fair of great religious and cultural significance. This fair is held in the month of September.

Originally conceptualized by Baj Bahadur Chand, a contemporary of the Mughal king Aurangzeb.

The procession carrying the Dola of Nanda Devi in Nainital & Almora witnesses huge crowds of devotees. People pray for prosperity, both material and spiritual, at the fair.

Hat Kalika Temple Gangolihat

Hat Kalika Temple Gangolihat - Kalika Temple, the temple was chosen by Sankaracharya for installation of Mahakali Shaktipeeth. It is believed that the Original Goddes Kalika Mata, which supposed to be in West Bengal, shifted her place form Bengal to Gangolihat.

The temple of Mahakali, which is said to be of great antiquity and is situated in the midst of a dense deodar forest.

It is alleged that during the reign of the Chand rajas, human beings were, at times, offered in sacrifice at this temple, but the practice was stopped in the last century. Goats and buffaloes still continue to be sacrificed, particularly during the Navaratris of Chaitra and Asvina.

Kalika Temple Gangolihat is a famous temple and one of the important sightseeing attractions in Gangolihat. Besides this place also has the remains of a small fort built by a regent of the Chand rajas.

Kalika Temple is located 77 kms away from Pithoragarh 17 kms away from Patal Bhuvneshwar.

Kasar Devi Temple Almora

Kasar Devi Temple is at an altitude of 2116 mt, This ancient temple was built on a mountain peak in the second century. Located above the town of Almora, Uttarakhand, India.

Kasar Devi is a village near Almora, Uttarakhand. It is known for the Kasar Devi temple, a Devi temple, dedicated to Kasar Devi, after whom the place is also named.

The temple is about five kilometers down from Tamra Nagri. The temple finds mention in the second chapter of the Skanda Purana. It is said that Swami Vivekananda came here to meditate.

Kasar Devi Temple situated 5 Kms from Almora, Uttarakhand and around 70 kms away from Nainital.

Shri Kainchi Dham - Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba

Kainchi Dham a placed at an altitude of (1400 MT) On the Nainital - Almora Road, at a distance of 9 Km from Bhowali and 17 Kms from Nainital is a modern pilgrim centre. This place has achieved recognition owing to the ashram of the famous Shri Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji.

Many hundreds of people visit the temples here every day, in season. Each year, during the June 15th Bhandara, reportedly, more than one lakh (100,000) people are fed.

Founded by the famous Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba in 1962 and is very well maintained and kept neat and clean.

The concept of this place came into existence in 1942 when Maharaj Neem Karoli along with Shri Poornanand of the Kainchi Village proposed building an Ashram here dedicated to Sombari Maharaj and Sadhu Premi Baba who used to perform yagnas in this very place. Later in 1962, their dream materialised and the forest from this area was cleared and a rectangular platform was constructed. After due permission from the Forest Conservator, Maharaj Ji acquired the lease of this land and constructed a Temple devoted to Lord Hanuman over that rectangular platform and adjacent to it is the Kainchi Temple and an Ashram built for devotees.

Chitai Golu Dev Mandir Address

I am receiving a lot of emails from people of different parts of the country, asking the postal address of Shri Chitai Golu Dev Temple.

Here is the postal address of Shri Chitai Golu Dev, try sending letters to:
Shri Golu Dev
Shri Chitai Golu Mandir
Post Office: Chitai
District: Almora
Pin Code: 263601

If it is possible for you, please have a visit to the temple or try sending the letter by hand of someone who is going to visit the temple. Alternately you can post it.

Jai Golu Dev

Chitai Golu Temple Almora

Chitai  Golu Temple Almora A landmark in Almora, located about 6km from Almora, is dedicated to the local God, Golu. Chitai Temple has the presiding deity Lord Shiva, who is referred here by the name Lord Golu. Local folks have much faith in this hilltop temple, they often visit here with offerings.

History of Chitai  Golu Temple Almora

The history says the temple was constructed in 12th century by a general belonging to the Chand dynasty. It gained popularity over the centuries for proving helpful to anyone visitng this temple Golu Devta was deified general of Chand dynasty that once ruled Almora.

Binsar Mahadev Temple Sauni- Near Ranikhet

Binsar Mahadev Temple was built around 9-10 century A.D. It is Believed that Binsar Mahadev temple was built in a single day. Ladies comes here on Vaikunth chaturdashi and light a lamp on their palm to fulfill the desire of child. Binsar Mahadev is located 19 kms from Ranikhet.

Binsar Mahadev Temple is surrounded by thick deodar forests and lies at an altitude of 2480 metres.

With idols of Ganesh, Har Gauri and Maheshmardini in its sanctum the temple is known for its architectural finesse. The idol of Maheshmardini is engraved with texts in ' Nagarilipi ' which dates back to as early as the 9th century. Built by King Pithu in memory of his father Bindu, the place is also known as Bindeshwar temple.

Katarmal Sun Temple Almora

Katarmal Sun Temple is at an altitude of 2116 meters above sea level, in the Kumaon Division of Uttarakhand, India. Sun temple in Katarmal built in the 9th century Katarmal near by Almora has the Second important Sun Temple in the country, the first Sun temple being the Konark Sun Temple in Orissa. 

How to reach:
Kathgodam/ Haldwani the drive to Almora takes approx 2 hours total distance 90 Kms.

You come through Pvt Taxi or Buses.

Friday, July 17, 2015


Majkhali is a small hemlet located at 12 kms from Ranikhet town on Almoraroad. Well known for its natural beauty, Majkhali is also famous for Goddess Kali temple.
There are numerous picnic spots in its nearby locations.

Majkhali offers a magnificient view of snow capped Himalayas with natural biosphere. It also hosts a forest nursery where they have different variety of Flora and Fauna species. There is also a Birla Girls School situated at Majkhali.

Golf Course is one of the famous picnic spot located at a distance of 6 kms from Majkhali on road to Ranikhet. The salubrious atmosphere makes visitors fond of the place.

How To Reach Majkhali
Majkhali is situated at a distance of 12 km from Ranikhet on Almora road. One can easily reach here by bus and hiring locale taxi or jeep from Ranikhet.