Friday, September 15, 2017

Uttarakhand government suspend helicopter services in Kedarnath Valley after NGT objections

Helicopter services for Kedarnath were suddenly suspended on Tuesday morning after the nine helicopter companies operating in the Kedarnath Valley failed to produce evidence of environmental compliance to a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order. The NGT order had asked the State government to keep the noise levels due to helicopters flying over the Kedarnath Valley in check.

The helicopters flying through the Kedarnath Valley need to fly at an altitude no lower than 600 metres, R. Rajesh Kumar, additional secretary, civil aviation, said. However, a report by the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India, which was submitted to the state forest department, mentioned that the helicopters in the Kedarnath Valley were flying at an altitude as low as 150 metres, thus increasing noise levels to 70-80 decibels, which were above the permissible levels (50 decibels during day) for a protected and ecologically sensitive area like the Kedarnath Valley. The low flights were opted for to save on time and fuel.

In May, this year, the Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA) had asked the helicopter operators to install a GPS tracking device on the helicopters flying through the Kedarnath Valley. The GPS coordinated recorded in the tracker were to be sent to UCADA.
G. Seetaiah, chief engineer with UCADA said, “We sent emails, notices to the helicopter companies, but none submitted the required reports of the GPS coordinates to us, which we needed to check whether the helicopter operators were flying through the Kedarnath Valley at appropriate altitude. However, none of the operators submitted the report, so we had to suspend helicopter operations.”

However, the helicopter operators submitted the GPS reports on Tuesday afternoon after the State government’s decision to keep the helicopter operations suspended till the operators furnished the details. Seetaiah said, “The helicopter companies submitted the GPS reports today [on Tuesday]. We are scrutinising the reports. Only those companies whose reports show that they were flying no lower than 600 metres in the Kedarnath Valley will be allowed to operate in the valley.”

The Indian Express

Kedarnath: 2nd phase flying schedule fixed; copter service resumes

Helicopter services resumed in the Kedranath Valley on Wednesday after the Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA) allotted flying schedule to eight aviation companies for the second phase of this year.

Helicopter services resumed in the Kedranath Valley on Wednesday after the Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA) allotted flying schedule to eight aviation companies for the second phase of this year.

On Tuesday, the UCADA had suspended the helicopter services in the Kedarnath valley after they failed to submit documents related to compliance with the National Green Tribunal directives on height and level of noise that the helicopters generate. The aviation companies had not submitted 10% royalty to the government, which was another reason for halting the services for a day.

Officials inform the post-monsoon allocation of slots was to be done and it was only possible after the companies submit details of the flying height. The NGT had directed helicopter operators to fly above 600 m (2,000 ft) from ground level for minimising any adverse impact on the eco-sensitive Kedarnath valley.

“We had to allot schedule for the second phase for which documentation was necessary. The companies were not responding and so, we had to take action. We had to ensure that the companies are complying with the NGT norms,” UCADA additional chief executive officer R Rajesh Kumar told Hindustan Times.

He added the Authority is ready with the necessary papers, which means the report of each company and their compliance is now available “We are prepared. If the tribunal asks us details, we have it all now,” Kumar said.

The helicopters generally operate in two phases in Kedarnath. During the first phase of the pre-monsoon period between May and June, a specific schedule is released for every company so that only six copters fly at one time as per the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) norms.
During monsoon, flight permission is subject to weather conditions. The second phase generally starts in July end. But due to incessant rainfall, the phase started in the first week of September and ends when the Kedarnath portals are closed for winter in November.

The state government permitted 13 companies to ferry pilgrims to Kedarnath this year. Of these only eight companies are operational. The Authority will remain in touch with the remaining five companies that are neither operating nor submitted any document for discontinuing services.

The helicopter services in the Kedranth valley is highly risky as per experts. As a mitigation option, the Wildlife Institute of India, in its report submitted to the NGT, had recommended constructing ropeways for facilitation pilgrims. “Ropeways would be a sustainable option which would not interfere in the ecosystem of the Valley,” WII director VB Mathur had said. On August 30, the NGT had questioned the government on the status of the ropeway project in the valley.
The flashback

It was in 2013 when the then divisional forest officer submitted a report to the forest department highlighting that unregulated helicopter is causing damage to the breeding of various high-altitude wild animals such as Musk Deer. The same year the catastrophic flashfloods left a trail of destruction in the Kedarnath Valley.

In 2015, an NGO filed a petition before the NGT raising concern over the helicopter service in the Kedarnath Valley. The government roped in the WII, which found helicopters were flying as low as 15 m above the ground causing noise levels of 70-80 decibels - higher than permissible limit near a protected area.

HT exclusively published the findings of the report on which the NGT ordered the helicopter service to comply with its orders. In May, the chief secretary submitted to the DGCA that the helicopters would fly above 600 m in the valley.


केदारनाथ आपदा के बाद फूलों की घाटी में पहली बार हुआ ऐसा, टूट गए प‌िछले सारे रिकॉर्ड

साल 2013 में केदारनाथ आपदा के बाद फूलों की घाटी में पहली बार ऐसा हुआ है। इस साल घाटी में प‌िछले सारे रिकॉर्ड तोड़ द‌िए हैं।

पार्क अधिकारियों के मुताबिक वर्ष 2013 की आपदा के बाद घाटी में इस वर्ष सर्वाधिक पर्यटक पहुंचे हैं। इस वर्ष पर्यटकों और आम लोगों के लिए फूलों की घाटी एक जून को खोली गई थी। 

तब से अब तक 12 हजार 194 देसी-विदेशी पर्यटक घाटी में पहुंच चुके हैं। पर्यटकों की आवाजाही से नंदा देवी राष्ट्रीय पार्क ने 19 लाख 77 हजार की आय अर्जित की है

इधर, नंदा देवी राष्ट्रीय पार्क के वन क्षेत्राधिकारी दीपक रावत ने बताया कि इस वर्ष आपदा के बाद घाटी में सर्वाधिक देसी और विदेशी पर्यटक पहुंचे हैं। अभी घाटी के बंद होने में एक माह का समय शेष है। 

पर्यटकों के आने का सिलसिला इसी प्रकार जारी रहा तो घाटी के बंद होने तक पर्यटकों की संख्या 15 हजार पार कर लेगी। आगामी 21 अक्तूबर को पर्यटकों के लिए बंद कर दी जाएगी। 

Amar Ujala

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Jageshwar is a beautiful hill station surrounded by dense Deodar Trees and is also a Hindu pilgrimage dedicated to Lord Shiva’s 8 Jyotirling. It is a complex of 124 large and small temples in the mid of the countless Deodars which makes it very surreal and artistic scenic beauty. Temple was built in the 9th Century, it is believed that ‘Adi Shankaracharya’ visited this place and renovated the temples before leaving for Kedarnath.

The place is very serene and climate conditions are cool even in the hottest summers, it’s all because of Deodar jungles. It is a perfect place for nature lovers who can spiritualize themselves and their souls by mixing it with the climate. Many times I have seen travelers going into the jungle with a purpose to get lost and feel the raw nature. This place is not only for pilgrimage but for superb vistas also.

Sravani mela kicks off in Jageshwar

Almora: The month-long Sravani mela, also known as Jageshwar Monsoon Festival, was inaugurated on Sunday in Jageshwar by Govind Singh Kunjwal, speaker of the state assembly.

Over 50,000 people are expected to visit the Jageshwar Shiv temple during the festival which will last till August 16.

Speaking on the occasion, Kunjwal said, "The mela has been organized at a grand scale to promote religious tourism in Kumaon region. This is part of the effort to protect the vanishing traditions and cultures of our society."

Kunjwal added that an artificial lake would also be constructed near the temple to promote tourism. To ensure visitors have a hassle-free time, district magistrate (Almora) Savin Bansal has directed officials to take care of the cleanliness and quality of food and water available at different shops near the temple.

Talking to TOI, manager of the temple committee, Praksh Chandra Bhatt, said, "The mela is at least 700-year-old. However, it was never celebrated at such a scale. According to my knowledge, kings of Chandra dysnasty would come to Jageshwar in this month. It was then a small temple in the middle of forests. Several traditions in worshipping shivling in Jageshwar have been observed. Locals and villagers would come and sing songs. It was not a huge gathering like what we see today."

Bhatt said that in 2015, the mela witnessed a gathering of 43,000 visitors in a month. "We expect to see about 50,000 people if the weather remains fine this year," Bhatt said. Five makeshift toilets have been constructed for the visitors.

The Jageshwar temple, located at an altitude of 1,870 mts, comprises 124 large and small stone temples, dating back from 9th to 13th century AD.

जागेश्वर धाम के प्रधान पुजारी रमेश भट्ट का आकस्मिक निधन

अल्मोड़ा, [जेएनएन]: प्रसिद्ध महामृत्युंजय मंदिर जागेश्वर धाम के प्रधान पुजारी रमेश भट्ट का आकस्मिक निधन हो गया। उनके निधन से क्षेत्र में शोक छा गया।

जागेश्वर धाम के प्रधान पुजारी रमेश भट्ट हृदय सम्बंधित बीमारी से ग्रस्त थे। बीते रोज उनकी तबीयत अचानक बिगड़ गई। रात में ही उन्हें सड़क मार्ग से दिल्ली ले जाया जा रहा था, लेकिन आधी रात को रास्ते में दिल्ली-गजरौला के पास उनका निधन हो गया। युवा पुजारी के आकस्मिक निधन पर विधानसभा अध्यक्ष गोविंद सिंह कुंजवाल सहित कई लोगों ने शोक जताया।

TV show on Kedarnath starring Amitabh Bachchan, Hema to be shown on Oct 1

DEHRADUN: Chief minister Harish Rawat along with singer Kailash Kher has launched the promotional song of a 12-part star-studded TV serial made around the 2013 floods, the damage caused and the recovery of the Kedarnath shrine. Titled "Baba Kedar", the series talks about the tragedy that occurred and how with all-round effort pilgrims have begun flocking to the temple again, the lives that have picked up and the rural economy that now stands on its feet. The serial, which has been jointly produced by the Uttarakhand government and Kher, will be screened during a religious ceremony in Kedarnath on October 1. The promotional track was launched by Rawat at his residence on Monday. As many as 15 Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher and Hema Malini and singers such as Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal and Kailash Kher will feature in the series.

Rawat said that the show will have 40-minute episodes and talk about the religious significance of the shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The show will also detail the reconstruction work carried out in Kedarnath after flash floods hit the area on June 16, 2013.

"The idea behind the serial is to tell the world what actually happened in Kedarnath during the flash floods and what measures were taken after so that we can get rid of the apprehensions and doubts that may still linger in the minds of some devotees. The series will show how life in one of the holiest shrines in India has not just returned to normal but is thriving," Rawat said.

Kher said that the 2013 tragedy at Kedarnath had created fear among the minds of devotees but now their faith has been restored. "The serial is a blend of fiction, reality and mythology and shows how faith of people has been restored after the 2013 disaster," Kher said.

Sources in the state government said that the serial was produced at an estimated budget of Rs 20 crore. They added that various channels like Zee TV, Star Plus and some entertainment channels have been contacted to sell the show. The show may also be released on the web so it can garner more views.


टीवी पर भगवान केदारनाथ की महिमा सुनाएंगे अमिताभ बच्चन

चारधामों में महत्वपूर्ण बारहवें ज्योतिर्लिंग बाबा केदारनाथ पर बन रहे सीरियल का प्रमोशनल सांग जय जय केदार में सदी के महानायक अमिताभ बच्चन समेत कई फिल्मी हस्तियों ने अपनी आवाज दी है। जल्द ही यह गीत लोगों की जुबान पर होगा। केदारनाथ धाम 2013 की आपदा के बाद अपने पुनर्निर्माण के दौर से गुजर रहा है। राज्य सरकार की पहल पर कंपोज किये गए इस गीत में बाबा केदार का गुणगान किया गया है। सरकार को उम्मीद है कि यह गीत जब लोगों की जुबां पर चढेगा तो बाबा केदार के धाम का प्रचार प्रसार तो होगा ही बाबा के दर्शन करने आने वाले श्रद्धालुओं की संख्या में भी बढ़ोतरी होगी।

ज्ञात हो कि राज्य सरकार की पहल पर बने इस सीरियल में अनूप जलोटा, शंकर महादेवन, अभिजीत, कैलाश ख़ैर, श्रेया घोषाल, सोनू निगम, हेमा मालिनी, शान, प्रसून जोशी, सोनू निगम अरिजीत सिंह आदि कलाकारों ने सुरों से सजोया है। बॉलीवुड के कई गायक इस गीत में अपनी आवाज देते नजर आ रहे हैं। केदारनाथ की आपदा को लेकर कैलाश ख़ैर ने एक सीरियल की सीरीज तैयार की है, जो जल्द ही टीवी पर प्रसारित होगा। इस सीरियल में केदार की आपदा के वक्त क्या और कैसे हुआ यह दिखाया जायेगा. 12 एपिसोड का सीरियल जब टीवी पर प्रसारित होगा तो ये दर्शकों को बांधे रखेगा और उन्हें अगले एपिसोड का इन्तजार रहेगा। यह सीरियल टीवी पर 3 महीने तक चलेगा।

इस सीरियल में भगवान शिव और उनसे जुड़ी दूसरी कहानियां भी लोगों को दिखाई जायेंगी। भगवान केदार कब, कैसे और क्यों आए, यहीं से सीरियल की शुरुआत होगी. इसके बाद आपदा और उससे उभरते केदार पुरी को दिखाया जाएगा। यह सीरियल टीवी पर तीन महीने तक चलेगा। लेकिन कैलाश खेर की माने तो मुख्य सॉन्ग (जय जय केदार) लोगों को ज्यादा भाएगा। यह भी पढ़े-आज अक्षय तृतीया के दिन खुलेंगे केदारनाथ, गंगोत्री और यमुनोत्री के कपाट

बाबा की महिमा वाले इस सीरियल में 8 गाने हैं जिन्हें 15 सेलिब्रिटी ने न केवल गाया है बल्कि इसमें महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका भी निभायी है। वैसे तो बॉलीवुड के कई गायक इस सीरियल में आपको भजन गाते सुनाई देंगे लेकिन सबसे ज्यादा अगर आपको कुछ पसंद आएगा तो वह है अमिताभ बच्चन की आवाज में गाया हुआ भजन। इस धारावाहिक में मुख्य भूमिका और सूत्रधार के तौर पर अभिनेता विवेक ओबरॉय और आशुतोष राणा नजर आएंगे। अनुपम खेर का भी सीरियल में बेहद ही अहम रोल है।

केदारनाथ में तीन नए पुलों का काम शुरू

केदारनाथ धाम में अब तीन अलग-अलग स्थानों पर नए पुल बनाने का काम शुरू हो गया है। जिन स्थानों पर पुल लगने है वहां निम एवेडमेंट तैयार कर रही है। जबकि गौरीकुंड से सभी आवश्यक सामान केदारनाथ पहुंचाया जा रहा है। तीनों पुलों को डेढ़ महीने के भीतर तैयार कर लिया जाएगा। अब केदारनाथ धाम में तीर्थयात्रियों को मंदाकिनी और सरस्वती नदी को पार करके केदारधाम की सुन्दरता निहारने का मौका मिलेगा।

नेहरु पर्वतारोहण संस्थान द्वारा केदारनाथ में जीएमवीएन के पास सरस्वती नदी, भैरवनाथ को जाने के लिए थ्री प्रोटेक्शन वाल के पास और गरुड़चट्टी जाने के लिए मंदाकिनी नदी पर तीन पुल बनाने का काम शुरू हो गया है। गरुड़चट्टी के पास 33 मीटर स्पान और दो 36-36 मीटर स्पान के पुल लगाए जाएंगे। एक पुल का वजन 48 टन करीब है।

एनआईएम के जन सम्पर्क अधिकारी मनोज सेमवाल ने बताया कि पुल के इंडक्शन यानि निर्माण सामग्री को केदारनाथ पहुंचाने के लिए चार टीमें बनाई गई है। पहली गौरीकुंड से जंगलचट्टी, दूसरी जंगलचट्टी से रामबाड़ा, तीसरी रामबाड़ा से लिंचौली और चौथी लिंचौली से रुद्रा प्वाइंट तक सामान पहुंचा रही है।

इधर, शीतकाल के दौरान यात्रा कम होने के कारण निर्माण कार्यो में तेजी लाई जा रही है। प्रतिदिन निम के मजदूर भारी-भरकम सामान को केदारनाथ पहुंचाने में लगे हैं। वहीं दूसरी ओर केदारनाथ में घाट निर्माण का कार्य करीब-करीब पूरा हो गया है। इसके सौन्दर्यीकरण के लिए जिंदल ग्रुप द्वारा काम जारी है। घाट को मैरिन ड्राइव की तरह बनाया जा रहा है ताकि केदारनाथ आने वाला तीर्थयात्री का यहां का पूरा आंनद उठा सके।

ईई डीडीएमए मूलचन्द्र गुप्ता ने बताया कि केदारनाथ में तीन पुलों के निर्माण का काम एनआईएम को दिया गया है। गौरीकुंड से सामान केदारनाथ पहुंचाया जा रहा है जबकि निम ने केदारनाथ में काम भी शुरू कर दिया है। 


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).