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The Priests Worship By Binding a Bandage on Their eyes And Mouth

Uttarakhand is not called as godland only. Apart from Hari Nagar Haridwar, Rishikesh and Chardham : Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, there are also many mythical temples of deities. One of these temples is Latu Deity. This temple is situated in remote village varieties under the Deval Vikas Khand of Chamoli district. Latu Deities Temple are situated at an altitude of 8500 feet above sea level. Latu Deity is considered to be the religion brother of goddess Nanda Devi of Uttarakhand. This is the 12th halt of the longest ‘Sri Nanda Devi Ki Raj Jat Yatra’ in Uttarakhand, in the 12th century. Latu Deva congratulates Nanda Devi from Hemkund to Varan village.

It is said about the Latu Deity temple that ‘Nagraj’ resides with the Mani in the form of Sarvshit inside this temple. The devotee is afraid to see the nag, and therefore the mouth and eye belt is formed. It is also said that the smell of the priest’s mouth did not reach the deity, hence the bandage is kept in the mouth of the priest during worship. Figures are not seen in the Latu Deity temple. Only the priest goes for worship within the temple.

According to the villagers, ‘Nag Mani’ is in the temple. Eyes can be lighted on seeing the Mani, so the priest enters the temple by binding the bar on the eye and devotees worship the devotees at a distance of 75 feet from the temple. On the day the valves of the Latu Deity temple open, on that day the text of ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ and ‘Bhagwati Chandika’ is also organized. The Latu deity considers the locals as ‘Adhabad deity’. The valmet of the temple of Latu Deities situated in the varieties opens only once a year. A huge fair is organized on this day. There is great reverence among the people towards the Latu deity. People come to the temples of Latu and take their pleasure, they say, Manokamana sought is fulfilled from here.

There is such a legend about Latu Deity that when Lord Shiva was married to Devi Parvati, also known as ‘Nanda Devi’. To depart, all the brothers went to Kailash. It also included cousins ​​Latu. Latu was so thirsty in the way that he started wandering around for water. Meanwhile, the Latu deity was seen to show a house and entered the house in search of water. The owner of the house was elderly. The elderly said to Latu Deva that drink water in the corner, drink water. Inside the glass pot, there was water in the pot (locally made raw liquor) and the second pot of soil, but life (local level raw liquor) remains so clean that Latu takes it as clean water and drinks it. .

When Latu learns that he has drunk alcohol in the water, then soon after the wine starts showing his effect. Latu deities begin to add to their drunkenness. Seeing this, Goddess Parvati gets angry and puts Latu in jail. According to the order of Goddess Parvati, the Latu deity is always kept in captivity. It is believed that the Latu deities are held in the prison as a huge snake. Do not be afraid to see the priest, so he binds his eyes to open the door of the temple.

8 amazing facts about Kedarnath Dham

The famous pilgrimage of Lord Shiva’s Dham, Kedarnath has been opened for the next six months. Let’s know these 8 major things of Shiva’s Dham.

1. Height and location:

The temple of Kedarnath is at an elevation of 3593 feet. How this temple was built at such a height, it is still considered a miracle. It cannot be imagined today. Puja of the temple is considered to be one of Kartaratha Dvashash Jyotirligs.

2. Mystery about its establishment:

There is no authentic mention of who built the temple, but yes it is also said that it was founded by Adi Guru Shankaracharya. Puja of the temple is considered to be one of Kedarnath Dwadash Jyotirling. In the morning, the Shivji-Nanda is naturally bath and it is ghee-coated on it. Thereafter, aarti is being lit by burning incense in the sun. At this time travelers and Ganas can enter the temple and worship them, but in the evening god is made to be done. They are decorated in a variety of sparkling manner. The devotees can only see it from a distance.

3. Lord Shiv’s Formation and Panchkedar:

The priests of Kedarnath are the only Jangala Brahmins of Mysore. Shankar bull is worshiped in Shri Kedarnath as a figure of the back. It is believed that when Lord Shankar took the form of a bull, the upper part of his body appeared in Kathmandu Nepal. Now there is a temple of Pashupatinath. Shiva’s arms appeared in Tungnath, in the mouth Rudranath, Nabhi Madamadeshwar and Jata Kalpeshwar. Therefore, in these four places, Shri Kedarnath is said to be a Panch kedar. Here are the magnificent temples of Shivaji.

4. Timing:

During the visit, the temple of Kedarnath ji opens to the general devotees at 7:00 p.m. Special Puja is done from one to two o’clock in the afternoon and after that the temple is closed for relaxation. Again the temple is opened for public viewing at 5 o’clock in the evening. By making a statue of the five-headed Lord Shiva duly making it, regular aarti takes place from 7:30 to 8:30. At 8:30 p.m, the temple of Kedareshwar Jyotirling is closed.

5. Kedarnath is brought to Ukhimath:

In winter, Kedarghati is covered with snow. Although the opening of the Kedarnath temple is started, but it usually closes before the 15th of the month of November and after six months, ie Vaishakha (13-14 April) the kapat opens. In such a situation, the Panchvata statue of Kedarnath is brought to ‘Ukhimath.’ The statue is worshipped also here by Raval ji. In Kedarnath, the public receives the receipt by depositing the fees and accordingly he performs the puja-aarti of the temple or receives the offerings.

6. Worship and Incarnations:

Pali in the worship of God, Mahavishak Pooja, Abhishek, Short Rudrabhishak, Shodshopachar Poojan, Ashtapachar Poojan, Sampri Aarti, Pandava Pooja, Ganesh Pooja, Shri Bhairav ​​Pooja, worship of Parvati ji, Shiva Sahastranam etc. are the chiefs of this Jyotirlinga. The history of establishment is summarized in the Himalayas on Kedar Shringa, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Mahapatva Nar and Narayan Rishi used to perform penance. Lord Shankar appeared pleased with his worship, and according to his prayer, he gave the bride to be eternally in the form of Jyotirlinga. This place is situated on Kedar, the Kedarnath mountain range of the Himalayas.

7. Connection with Pandavas in Mahabharat

The story of Panchkedar is believed to be that when Pandav was victorious in the battle of Mahabharata, Pandavas wanted to get freedom from the sin of fraternal. For this, he wanted to get the blessings of Lord Shankar, but he was content with those people. Pandavas went to Kashi for the visit of Lord Shankar, but they did not find him there. Those people came to the Himalayas while searching for them. Lord Shankar did not want to see the Pandavas, so they went from there to Kedar and settled there. Pandav, on the other hand, was also strong enough to persevere, and he followed Kedar after him.

8. Lord Shiv, Bull and Bhima

Lord Shiva took the shape of the bull by then and then gets included in other animals body. Pandavas had become suspicious. So Bhima took his huge form and spread the legs on two hills. All other cow-bulls left, but Shankarji’s bull was not ready to go under the feet. Bhima fastened on this bull, but the bull fell into the ground.

Then Bhima caught the body of the triangular back of the bull. Lord Shankar was pleased to see the devotion of Pandavas, the firm resolve. He gave immediate visions and liberated the Pandavas. From that time it is worshiped in Shri Kedarnath as the shape of the back of Lord Shankar Bull.

Top 5 best SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN YAMUNOTRI

1. Yamunotri Temple :-

Yamunotri temple is the most important place among all the places in Yamunotri and this temple is dedicated to goddess Yamuna. The Yamunotri temple was built by Amar Singh Thapa in 18th century and was re-built again in 19th century because of getting damaged twice by snow and floods, this temple is located at an elevation of 3291 meters above from sea level.

2. Surya Kund :-

The temperature of Surya kund is around 88◦c and is situated near Yamunotri temple. It is considered to be the offspring of Lord Surya, the spring was named after Goddess Yamuna who is believed to be the daughter of Lord surya and is use for boiling things, due to it’s high temperature you cannot take dip inside it.

3. Saptrishi Kund :-

This kund is 10 km in distance from Yamunotri and is situated at an altitude of 4421 meters above from sea level.  It is a place where Saptrishi meditated and from here river Yamuna originates.

4. Janki Chatti :-

Janki chatti is a small town located at a distance of 10km from Yamunotri and at an elevation of 4421 meters above from sea level. The place is famous for pilgrimage and a hot spring near it, this place is also popular for 7km trekking from Hanuman Chatti to janki Chatti.

5. Hanuman Chatti :-

Hanuman chatti is a place where a popular temple of lord Hanuman is situated and the place is 13 km away from Yamunotri and 2400 meters above from sea level, from Hanuman Chatti you can do trekking for Darwa top and Dodi Tal.

6. Barkot :-

Barkot is a popular hill place for tourism and is famous for it’s beauty, it is located at a distance of 50 km from Yamunotri and at an altitude of 1220 meters above from sea level from here you can see the wonderful panoramic view of Mountain peaks.

Source of Ganges – Sources of Ganges Trekking in Garhwal

Source of Ganges is also known as Gaumukh. Ganges is the national river of India and many people travel to Gaumukh to see the origin of Goddess Ganga and the place is said to be sources of Ganges because Goddess Ganga Come on earth from Heaven after a long Sacrament of King Bhagirath. Gaumukh is located at an elevation of 13200 meters above from sea level and 18 km from Gangotri.

Trek Tour :-

Gaumukh is not only popular for Pilgrimage destination but also famous for trekking tour and the best time for trekking in Gaumukh is from 25 April to October.

 For Trekking in source of Ganges you need 4 nights / 5 days.

You can start you tour from Haridwar, Rishikesh or Deheradun. Your first stop will be Uttarkashi that is 160 km from Haridwar & If you start from Delhi then you will have to Stay 01 night in Haridwar or rishkesh, on next day go to Gaumukh along the way to Gangotri for trekking, overnight  stay in uttarkashi  and next day return to station or airport for going back to home.  

NOTE : For doing trekking in Gaumukh you must take permission from Uttarkashi mountaineering office then you can start your trekking in Gaumukh.

HOT SPRINGS IN CHARDHAM YATRA

1. Tapta Kund :-

Tapta kund is situated in Badrinath temple with 45 degrees temperature, Tapta kund is a hot spring and the water of this Kund comes from ‘Garur shila’and flows in to strong stone tank, it’s water remains hot during winter also and the people can easily take holy dip inside it.

2. Surya Kund :-

Surya kund is having 88 degree temperature and is situated near Yamunotri temple. It is considered to be the offspring of Lord Surya, the spring was named after Yamuna River and is use for boiling things, due to it’s high temperature you cannot take dip inside it.

3. Gangnani :-

Gangnani is situated near Gangotri and known as Rishikund. The hot spring is considered as the best place for meditation and from here you can see the wonderful view of mountains surrounded near Gangotri. Many people take holy dip in this hot spring before going to Gangotri.

4. Gauri Kund Lake :-

Gaurikund Lake is located at a height of 6000 feet above from sea level and this hot spring is considered as a place where Goddess Parvati did penance for winning lord Shiva’s heart and lord Shiva accepted Goddess parvati.