Creativity in the crafts, 1000 years old Nanda Devi Temple in Almora district is dedicated to devi Nanda (Parvati) as deity and daughter of the Kumauni people. Tourists who come during the festival at Nanda Devi temple get chance to enjoy the entertaining dance programs of local youth. Every 12 years, Nanda Devi Raj Jat (yatra)is the most popular celebration of the area where devi Nanda, in the form of sheep- decorated with ornaments, food and clothing- is sent to her home Trishul peak with music, local folk songs and dances.
Nanda Devi temple situated above the mall road of Almora city in Almora district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand state in India is the deity and daughter of both Garhwali and Kumauni people lovingly worshipped and highly honored in Uttarakhand.
Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand preserves the mythical stories connected to every rocks, peaks, rivers and villages. Gods and goddesses traded around the Himalayan state in ancient times and left their marks for people to preserve the traditions. The gifted land was just not traded by the divine figures but also lived and blessed. The prominent goddess of Hindu mythology ‘Nanda’ [widely known as Parvati (of mountains), Gauri (brilliant), Uma (light), Kali (dark) and Bhairavi (terrible)] is believed to be born of Dakshyaprajapati, a King of Garhwal in ancient times.
Significance of Nanda Devi Temple
Highly honored by the locals and widely popular in Uttarakhand, Nanda Devi temple holds the dignity of being the ruling deity of Kumaun region and Kumauni people boost on being in the land where goddess Nanda was born.
Nanda Devi temple dates back to 1000 years and is built in Kumaoni-style architecture within the antechamber of a Shiva temple. The idol of the goddess Nanda is a huge monument with a stone crown encircled by a wooden roof. The stone carving on the wall of the temple with statues of gods and goddesses is a center of attraction to the tourists and dwellers. Dedicated to the patron goddess of Chand Dynasty, Nanda Devi temple is center of attraction and honor not only to Kumauni people but whole of Uttarakhand.
Another temple of goddess Nanda is in the northern shore of Naini lake in Nainital district. There are numerous temples of Nanda Devi in Kumaun hills and the hills of far-western Nepal dedicated to goddess Parvati as the daughter of Himalayas.
Best time for Nanda Devi Temple visit
Pilgrims and other tourists visit Nanda Devi temple in Almora any time of the year. Yet summer months March to June and spring months September to November are the best time for Nanda Devi temple tour. Winter in Almora is cold and monsoon rain makes the route a bit slippery to trek through.
How to reach Nanda Devi Temple
- By Air: If you are coming from Delhi and want to come through air, PantnagarAirport, Udham Singh Nagar is the nearest airport 125Km away from Almora. Tourists must apply roadways form Pantnagar airport.
- By Rail: Kathgodam railway station, Nainital is 91Km away from Almora. Kathgodam railway station has regular train service from Delhi, Lakhnow, Dehradun and Calcutta. Tourists must apply roadways to reach Almora from Kathgodam.
- By Road: Almora is well connected to Delhi and the cities of Uttarakhand by regular bus service. Private tourist companies also provide regular transportation from various cities of India.