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Nanda Devi Rajjat


Nanda Devi Rajjat

Goddess Nanda Devi is worshipped in many places in Kumaon . A great religious procession of Nanda Devi Rajjat is orgnaised in honour of Goddess Nanda Devi in every 12 years. Devotees from Kumaon, Garhwal as well as other part of India participate in Nanda Rajjat Yatra . The procession is led by a 4-horned sheep which has to be born in a specific area in Garhwal . This sacred animal leads the procession from Nauti village near Karnaprayag, for 18 days doing trek of around 280 kms. It rests, every night, near the sanctified Umbrella of the Goddess.

Walking barefoot behind the sheep, the piligrims goes upto the height of Roop Kund and the Shail Samudra Glacier to the lake of Homkund. At Hemkund, near the base of the mountain Nanda Ghunti, the sheep, laden with gifts for the Goddess, walks into the mountains and is, apparently, never seen again.

People also celebrate the annual Nanda jaat . Though in the Johar region in Pithoragarh District there is no tradition of Nanda jatt but the worship, dance and the ritual of collecting Brahmkamals ( it is called Kaul Kamphu ) is part of Nanda festivals.