1st Day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014: Prayers, Preparations in Nauti to Receive Khadu

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May-June 2016

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The 17th of August was not an ordinary day in Uttarakhand because commencement of Nanda Raj Jat created loads of enthusiasm and excitement in Nauti. This otherwise sleepy village, which is not very well connected to the main towns of Uttarakhand, welcomed numerous pilgrims. Everyone walked to Nauti temple in the evening to witness the prayers and reception of the Khadu.

Khadu, a rare four-horn ram, leads Nanda Raj Jat once in every twelve years. However, the pilgrimage in 2014 took place after fourteen years because of natural calamity of June 2013.

You have to await till 2026 to be part of this unique event. But you can feel the devotion and excitement anytime from your internet-enabled devices. You can experience how it looks like being possessed by devatas or spirits. These sudden bursts of “divine” energies, however, are not always pleasant. 

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This pilgrimage route meanders through the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve that includes the Nanda Devi National Park. The park is inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO for its spectacular remote mountain wilderness spread over a wide range of altitude. 

 

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