Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra world’s largest inaccessible and difficult pathway for a pilgrimage.
According to people from the area nearby Nanda Devi temple, Nanda Devi was among the seven daughters of King Daksh Prajapati. Nanda was married to god Shiva and she used to live with God Shiva on the zenith of the Himalayas. Being with her husband Nanda was happy and satisfy with whatever comes to her life. In some places, people take Nanda as Parvati Avatar. Among all the names of Nanda most famous are shiva, Sunanda, subhanda, and Nandini.
Usually, Nanda devi yatra is organized every year as per tradition. But after every 12 years, this Raj yatra is organized in a very Grand and entertaining way.
Importance of Khadu in Nanda Devi raj jat Yatra:
One more important thing to know about Nanda Devi raj jat Yatra is ‘’Chausinga Khadu’’, khadu is kind of a Pahadi sheep so we are talking here about one with four horns.
The Birth of Khadu is an integral part of this Yatra this Khadu is taken on Shoulders by Nautiyal Brahmans till Hemkund. After Hemkund the Khadu travel himself to further way. You will be surprised to know that after the birth of Khadu in a cowshed, a Lion keeps on coming to that cowshed. Actually, it is said that until the owner of the ‘Khadu’ does not want to offer the Khadu by his own wish to the Raj Jat kingdom, the lion continues to exist. During the whole journey, this Khadu guides the crowd fearlessly, and other animals nearby like (sheep, goats) have no effect on this.
It is said that this khadu sleeps nearby Nanda Devi Statue in Night to protect it, and it is believed that Khadu goes to Kailash Mansarovar.
End of Journey:
This Yatra ends in ‘Vaan (वाण)’ Village. In this village, a temple of God ‘latu’ is situated who is also called as Nanda Devi Religion Brother.God Latu is worshipped before Nanda Devi. God Latu is worshiped once in a year but after every 12 years on Nanda Devi Raj Jat Latu god is worshiped especially for this Yatra.
Latu Temple Gates open on the Raj Jat Day and after doing the special ceremony of Pooja Path by Nautiyals Brahmans the doors keeps closed for Next Raj Jat. Except for these Brahmans, no one has the right to open the temple gate. Other people worship from outside the gate and it believed they get whatever they wish from Latu devta.
The Last Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra of 2014 started from 18 August 2014 and went up to 6 September 2014. The Yatra total distance covered approximately was 290 km. The 230 km distance was covered by foot or by trekking route and the rest 60 km was covered by the bus transport. It is one of the biggest trips of Uttarakhand. It is considered a very holy Trip. Many Tourists from various parts of India and from abroad have come to join the holy Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra.
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