Celebrated In: India
Celebrated By: (Hindu)
Nanda Devi Raj Jat is one of the world-famous festivals of Uttarakhand in India. People from the entire Garhwal division, Kumaon division as well as other parts of India and the world participate in Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra.
Goddess Nanda Devi is worshipped at dozens of places in Kumaon and Rahul, but the region around Mata Nanda Devi and its sanctuary, which falls in the Almora, Chamoli district is the prime area related to Nanda Devi.
In Chamoli, Nanda Devi Raj Jat is organized once in 12 years. The Jaat starts from Nauti village near Karnprayag and goes up to the heights of Roopkund and Homekund with a four-horned sheep. After the havan - yagna is over, the sheep is freed with decorated ornaments, food, and clothing’s and the other offerings are discharged. When the sheep with four Horns take birth then the Nanda Devi Raj Jat is planned.
People also celebrate the annual Nanda Jat. The Raj Jat procession goes from all villages, where there is a Nanda Devi temple of recognition, especially at Koti a night halt of the participants is planned, where throughout the night worship and celebrations go on.