Culture & People of Uttarakhand

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela

On the occasion of Kumbh Mela, Hindus come in pursuit of purging their souls and washing their sins away by taking a holy dip in the sacred waters of the rivers Ganges. It is believed that during this time the water from these rivers turns into purifying nectar allowing the devotees to cleanse their souls as they bath.

Kanwad Yatra

Kanvad Yatra

Kanwad Yatra

An annual pilgrimage is organised by the dioeties of Lord Shiva to fetch holy waters of River Ganges.The pilgrimage is called kānvad Yatra. The word kānvad stands a single pole (usually made of bamboo) with two roughly equal loads fastened or dangling from opposite ends. The kānvad is carried by balancing the middle of the pole on one or both shoulders.

Bissu Fair

Bissu Fair

Bissu Fair

The Jaunsari tribals of Uttarakhand celebrate a week long Bissu Fair marking the happiness and propersity coupled with the harvesting season. The Bissu Fair mirrors the plentiful cultural heritage and rich traditions of the Jaunsaris. Bissu Fair is also celebrated at the well-known temple of Santoora Devi in close proximity to Kempty.

Magh Mela

Magh Mela

The Magh Mela is held annually, this annual sacred affair or the great bathing celebration is a lesser edition of the colossal Kumbh Mela. It is said that by piously observing a "Kalpavas", a devotee overcomes the sins in his/her previous birth and escapes the cycle of birth and Karma.

Nanda Devi Mela

Nanda Devi Mela

Nanda Devi Mela

Nanda Devi is the chief patronizing Goddess of Uttarakhand and several shrines are devoted to her all across the central Himalayas. Nanda means well-being and prosperity. The fair is held every year in memory of Goddesses Nanda and Sunanda during the month of September and is taken as a symbol of spiritual and material prosperity.

Uttarayani Mela

Uttarayani Mela

Uttarayani Mela

The Uttarayani Fair is generally held every year on the holy occasion of Makar Sankranti. It is celebrated at places Bageshwar, Ranibagh and Hanseshwar though the biggest of them historically has been the Bageshwar Fair.Presently though it has become more of a cultural affair. People also take a dip in the holy river because the fair begins on a very auspicious day.A lot of commercial activity though, still takes place at the fair.

Poornagiri Mela

Poornagiri Mela

Poornagiri Mela

The temple of Shri Purnagiri organises the Purnagiri Mela in Uttarakhand on Navratri. These ranges offer exceptional scenic beauty. Every year, a fair is organized on Vishuwat Sankranti, which continues for about forty days. Next to the Holi festival, the longest fair of Kumaon. Purnagiri Mela of Uttarakhand attracts a large number of pilgrims.

Jaagar

A long contineous Prayer.
Jagar

Jagar

Jagar is the cultural and musical heritage of Uttarakhand. A form of prayer, it is organised to seek justice/punishment from the gods in the wake of injustice/crime. This prayer is contineous for long number of days.

Chhalya Dancers

Team of Chhaliya Dancers
Chhaliya Dancers

Chhaliya

Chhaliya is a dance form practised in the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand. This sword dance has a history of more than a thousand years and is rooted in the martial traditions of the Kumauni people. There are 22 men in a full team of Chhaliya dancers 8 of them are the sword dancers and the rest 14 are musicians.

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