Nanda Devi Raj Jat is the most wonderful pilgrimage in the high Himalayan peaks. It combines obscure faiths, mysteries and thrills with a flood of devotees. Like the Khumbh it is organised every 12 years. This 280 kilometer pilgrimage by foot begins at the village Nauti, of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand. There are 19 halting places. The Journey absorbs the rainbow like beauty of traditions of the Himalayan society. A deep feeling of faith and reverence for Nanda Devi in Himalayan folk lore reflects the respect held for women in Uttarakhand. They observe the general life, manners and customs, as well as the folk art and culture of this region. Whatever their goal may be, people of all castes, religions and creeds become a part of this journey. After the welcome and hospitality at the border village of Van, the pilgrims move towards the Himalayan peaks. The changing colours on Bedini Bugyal makes people feel as if they are in Heaven. How many travellers would have attempted the climb from Ninalidhar to Keluwa Vinayaka? Would they have suddenly become shocked seeing human skeletons near the mysterious Rupkund? Would their breath have stopped crossing the kunragali'? How many tourists would be overwhelmed after seeing the Himalayan beauty from Shila Samudra? How many devotees would have wept whilst making their last farewell to Mother Nanda in Horilkund at the climax of the journey? These are the questions which invite the people to understand themselves. Please come and enjoy this thrilling journey.
The Himalayan mountains crowning India are an immense source of spiritual energy. The Indian Himalayas are known for their exquisite beauty and pristine environment and have served as a cradle to the great Indian civilization. Himalaya, Ganga, Haridwar, Nandalat have a unique connection with the glory of mother India. Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal `Nishank', a great son of the Himalaya, has an incredible profile of accomplishments. Not only is he a great political leader, but he is also a great poet. His literary creations have established him as a poet and writer of worth in the Hindi literary circle. In the present book Dr. Nishank has been successful in explaining the celestial beauty of the Himalaya. He has also explained the cultural and spiritual significance of the Himalaya in an excellent way. I strongly feel that this version of the book will go a long way in attracting visitors to the majestic Himalaya. The busy schedule of Dr. Nishank as Chief Minister has not affected his literary output. Himalayan Mahakumbh: Nandii Raj, jdtis a true reflection of great Uttarakhand traditions of offering periodical rituals to the Isht-Devi, mother Nanda, in order to seek her blessings. It is a very important event from the sprituo-cultural point of view, as the shrines of Nandc7 Devi are ensconced all over the Himalayas. Uttarakhand, known as `Dev Bhoomi' (Land of God), has many great temples which depict myths of gods and goddesses. Uttarakhand is unique in the way that it offers majestic views of the Himalayan peaks, panoramic views of sunrise, matchless sunsets and breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and lush green valleys. In this book Dr. Nishank has been very successful in depicting the traditional custom of the emotionally charged farewell to daughters. This has been possible because he has lived the culture all his life and because as a politician he has proved his unmatched devotion to this great tradition. Reading this book makes one feel energized and provides a healing touch to one's soul and mind. I am convinced that this version of the book will be warmly welcomed. This captivating book will rule the heart of all readers. My good wishes and blessings for the success of this version.
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