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
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Nanda Raj Jat 2014 witnessed its share of paradoxes. The guards of khadu, the four-horn ram, fasted for entire twenty days and walked barefoot. They ate once a day but the meal was lavish. Religion is about discipline and sacrifices for them. On the other hand many devotees relished hookah, cigar, beedi, and / or cigarette out of habit, for warmth, and / or for instant calories to kill hunger
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During much awaited religious adventure Nanda Raj Jat 2014, police personnel had an important role to play. They did what they were supposed to do: guarding both divine and devout and maintaining law and order on easy to treacherous slopes of the Garhwal Himalayas. They helped people in the need of hour. They respected religious sentiments of the devotees. The personnel also served free food to ensure that the participants
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I did Nanda Raj Jat trek in 2014. The trek winding through Chamoli, Uttarakhand was tough but there were a number of humorous incidents that lighten the mood for a while. Today’s slideshow features some of these moments.
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Falling into trance is common during Nanda Raj Jat organized by Uttarakhand. I noticed that some of these trances took an ugly turn. One of such trance is captured in the today’s photo story. August 21, 2014. Chandpurgarhi , Chamoli (L-R) The boy in white shirt and long red scarf (dupatta), the woman in purple sari and long red scarf, and the girl with open hairs fall into trance. Colloquially
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