History of Nanda Devi Festival is almost five hundred years old

Nanda Devi Festival

Sri Ram Sevak Sabha is celebrating the Nanda Devi Festival for the 116th time in the city of Sarovar, a symbol of religious faith, reverence, and faith, but the local resident Prof. GL Sah has claimed on the basis of research that the history of Nanda Festival is about five hundred years old. He said that Nanda Devi is the Kuldevi of the Himalayas. The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir including Assam is Uttarakhand. The western region is Baluchistan in the Hindukush Himalayas. There the goddess is known as Nainaswaba and Nannabibi. The Goddess is the protector of the society of shepherds and tribes, so she is revered of the society. It is said that Nainital is the trinity tank. Citing folklorist historians Madhusudan Kholia, Dr. Madan Chandra Bhatt and Vaishnav, etc., said that according to Kumaon, there is a tradition of Thaan, i.e Jagrit Devalaya. On this basis, they give divinity to the land.

From 1380 to 1424, during the period of Katyura, Jiyarani established the goddess in Nainital, then started the Nandashtami fair. Folk singers sing, Utiko Basna to Yo Aayo Nainital, Nainital Naina Devi Thapanna Karich … The Trail Commissioner gave the name Nagnital. According to Prof. Shah, the second commissioner of Kumaon GW Trail came to Nainital around 1820 when he felt sanctified. Then Nainital was named Nagnital by the commissioner. The temple was shed in the extreme rain, the first temple of Naina Devi was Tallital but there is no evidence of that till now. Dharamshala was formed in the band stand by Mahatma. The local resident told Motiram Shah that if he had asked to build the temple, Shah had Narayani Devi temple.

This is confirmed by the book of the English writer Smith. In 1880, the Dharamshala along with the temple was swept away, and in 1883, the foundation stone of the temple was laid by Motiram Shah’s son Amarnath Shah. The temple was completed in 1884. For the first time in 1900, two Hindustanis were made the first members at the Autumn Fair. Nominated Lala Krishna Shah and Hafiz Abdul Qayyum in the organizing committee chaired by Municipal Chairman Ilaxton. Local tradition, done with the intention of preserving culture. The fair was duly started in 1903 by Motiram Shah’s family. Since 1925, this festival is organized by Shriram Sevak Sabha. Local residents say that Nepali laborers have been touring the Dola during the festival till the seventies, today the tide of the festival’s popularity and faith has reached such a level that there is competition for the shoulder in the Dola.


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