Popular Festivals of Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand is considered as the most sacred and favorable state of various religious places, devotion and pilgrimage, also called ‘Dev Bhumi’ or ‘Land of God’. There are many religious fair is celebrated in Uttarakhand. Devotes come from around the world to celebrate the fair. Most of the fair is very famous.
KUMBH MELA, HARIDWAR
Kumbh Mela is most significant festival of Hindu religion. Kumbh Mela is celebrated in India as a tradition in Hinduism. Kumbh Mela is very famous fair where people are seen taking a dip in the river Ganges as a devotee. Kumbh Mela is also very famous due mythological history. There are many old mythological and folk tales in relation to the Kumbh Mela, but the correct story is related to “Samundra Manthan”. In Sanskrit Kumbh is also the sign of Aquarius in astrology In Hinduism, the festival of Kumbh is celebrated every 12 years on the banks of one of the four holy rivers. Ganga is found in Haridwar, Shipra in Ujjain, Godavari in Nashik and Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati in Allahabad.
JHANDA MELA DEHRADUN
Jhanda Mela is the largest fair in North India which attracts thousands of devotees and tourists, this fair is celebrated in Dehradun. It is celebrated as the birthday of Shri Guru Ram Rai Ji, the eldest son of the seventh Guru of the Sikhs – Shri Har Rai Ji. In this fair, a huge flag (Jhanda) is hoisted in 1733 to come to Doon Valley. The Jhanda Mela is celebrated on the fifth day of Chaitra which is also on the fifth day of Holi. Thousands of devotees from neighbouring states of Punjab, UP, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana come to Dehradun a few days before the flag hoisting ceremony at the Jhanda Mela.
Thal Mela, Pithoragarh
There is a town called “Thal” about 50 km from Pithoragarh district headquarters. Every year on the occasion of Baisakhi, the famous business fair is organized in the Baleshwar Thal Temple of Pithoragarh, which is called “Thal Mela”. The fair began on 13 April 1940 after celebrating “Jallianwala Day” on the occasion of Baisakhi here. The “Shiva Temple” located at Thal is the main center of this fair. The description of the glory of Baleshwar temple is also found in other temples of Thal. On the occasion of Thal Mela fair, special darshan of the “Shivling” located in the temple is obtained. The traveler of Skandpuran has to bathe in Ramganga and worship Shiva’s ganas and depart towards the holy mountain. Even at the present time, the pilgrims depart towards Man Sarovar.
Kainchi Dham Mela
Chander Dham is situated on the banks of Bhawali-Almora / Ranikhet National Highway in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Kainchi Dham is located 22 km ahead of Sarovar Nagri (Nainital) and 8 km from Bhawali on Almora Road. Beautiful temple of Baba Neem Karauli Maharaj, which is a symbol of faith. Its founder Baba Neeb Karauli Maharaj came here around 1962. This ashram is also known as “Neem Karauli”, “Neeb Karauli”, and “Kainchi Dham on the banks of the Bhawali-Almora / Ranikhet National Highway in Nainital district has been a center of immense reverence and faith for the masses since its inception. The devotees of Kainchi Dham and especially the late Neem Karauli Baba have a lot of faith here.