Surrounded by a thousand legends, Nanda Devi is truly one of the most revered shrines of Uttaranchal. Enveloped by the snowy peaks of the majestic Himalayas, Nanda Devi is seen to be the principle deity or "Isht Devata" of the people of Uttaranchal. One of the most important pilgrimage centers in India, a tour to Nanda Devi or an Yatra or journey to the various shrines of Nanda Devi which are scattered all around the central Himalayas are considered to be one of the most important pilgrimages that a devout Hindu can make.
Famous as the daughter of the king of mountains, Himavat, Nanda Devi or Gaura as she is also known is married to an ash-smeared Yogi or sage and returns to her maternal home during the Krishna Paksha of Bhado or on the 2nd week of August.
This legend marks one of the most important festivals in Uttaranchal, the Nanda Devi fair, which is perhaps the best time to pay a visit to Uttaranchal. The entire valley reverberates with the sounds of mystic chants and folk songs which sing praises of the beauty and graciousness of the deity.A number of legends make the already special festivities of Nanda Devi even more special. Thus, if you are planning a holiday in Uttaranchal, make sure that a trip to Nanda Devi plays an important role in your tour itinerary to Uttaranchal.
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