The form of Parvati is considered as Nanda Devi. In folk traditions, Nanda is considered to be the daughter of Rishi Himawant and Menavati, who had married with Shiva. Nandadevi Raj Gal starts from Nandi Devi Temple in Nauti Village, located in Karnaprayag tahsil of Chamoli district. After traveling 280 kilometers from there, it is concluded after returning after worship in Hemkund situated between the high ranges of the Himalayas.
The main journey stops at twenty halves, the last five of which are situated in the deserted areas in the upper Himalayan region. According to traditions, it is believed that in the Hemkund, Nanda is in-laws of Goddess. They come to their maternal house once in 12 years and then they are sent back to their in-laws with pomp. The four-horned sheep (rosary), which is called Chaosing ” – Khadu, leads this whole journey.
In the last week of August, when the historic Nanda Devi kingdom of Uttarakhand reached the Raja Yatra, the village of Vyas, everyone’s eyes were moist. Nanda Devi was not a distant goddess; everyone had some or some relation with them. An elderly woman was crying while leaving her daughter, so a woman could not help her friend.
Someone’s sister was departing so someone’s grandfather. Plants and rivers were also sad like the daughter is going to be in-laws. In Indian society, such examples of religious events are rare, whereas on one hand there is a piety and devotion filled with faith, on the other hand, the men and women tied to the emotional bond of relationships, who are sitting together with their family relationships with the gods and goddesses.
This historic journey began on August 18 from the Nanda Devi temple in Nauti village, located in Karnaprayag tehsil of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi, who considered this visit to be a cultural heritage, was present in Nati village on that day. He says, “It is not just a religious journey, it is the cultural heritage of the state. It is the responsibility of all of us to decorate it. “
Fourteen years later, on the pretext of this visit, the entire area became independent from Garhwal to Kumaon in Uttarakhand. The journey was going on to Kailash when the mountain ranges of colorful bamboo and sculptures of gods and goddesses were echoing and the mountains were resonating with the loud shouts of Nanda. On the foothills of Nand Devi mountain, considered to be Nanda in-laws, small trips derived from Nanda’s temples at different places till Hemkund becomes part of the main journey.
The number of women who attended this trip was the highest. Women, who were dressed in remote villages, were leading the yatra and while sending Nanda, they were offering things in the farewell as per their strength. They used to sing farewells with food items, ornaments, and jeweler, and in the celebration of the farewell to the crying and mourning daughter.
Public literate Nand Kishore Hathaval, giving it the status of a travel related to more than religious pilgrimage, says, “From the rich to the rich, everybody is departing to his daughter on the pretext of this journey. Every woman feels the struggle of women in the hard days of the mountains.
This trip is announced on behalf of the Kunwar Parivar head of Kansuwa village. The journey started from Nauti stops in Ida Budhani village. Then goes through Kansua to Pindar’s area. The six stops between Nauti to Narayanbagar are said to be the halls of Nanda’s maiden.
Next to Kevar, till Faldiyagaon, and after this Shiva Bhumi Kailash is called Nanda’s in-laws area. A four-horned sheep carrying the whole journey goes to Hemkund, where she is left alone. It is believed that this sheep is the companion of Nanda in the forthcoming journey.
Journalists and documentary filmmakers from all over the world are involved in this journey. “This was a very different cultural experience for me,” says journalist and documentary filmmaker Marfa from Poland, who joined the trip to Hemkund this time. It was a religious event, but religious impressions or fanaticism was nowhere to be found. It seems that there is a large family with lots of members and the family is getting farewell after marriage. “
Up to the last stop of this journey, more than one lakh passengers joined it. In the villages of the journey, till August 29, 250 Dev Doliis and more than 20,000 people reached. Despite heavy rain started on August 29, people spent the night under the open sky. Former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” and Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay also joined the yatra.
Although the government had claimed a good system, but with the increase of the number of rains and the increase in the number of passengers, these claims of poles opened, according to the state government, only 2,000 people were allowed to go on an inaccessible trip to the Himalayas, but in reality More than 12,000 people went to Hemkund. In order to control this number only biometrics registration was arranged, but in the last time, it also failed.
This time, the increase in crowds in the journey is likely to be the worst hit on the rare vegetation and wildlife in the highlands of the Himalayas. After the twelfth halt, the yacht reached in the Gadoli plate located in the forest area and at the thirteenth stop, one of the most beautiful Bugyals in the country called Vedani Bugyal.
With the gathering of ten to twenty thousand people together here, there is a great loss to the vegetation of Bugyal, which is the face of this journey. This historic festival of without any proper government plan can also be a cause of environmental damage. This time the Nanda Devi visit of this time has come to this reality.