(Last Updated on : 01/07/2010)
Pilgrimage Tourism in Pauri Garhwal District offers a visit to various ancient places having religious significance. Here, most of the temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva
and Goddess Durga
. Apart from visiting the temples, pilgrimage tourism in Pauri Garhwal District also includes several colourful religious events like fairs. All these attract the devotees from far and wide. Some of the popular pilgrimage sites of this district of Uttarakhand are as follows.
This temple was established by Shankaracharya
during his visit to Pauri. The temple is well renowned in Pauri and nearby areas as people have a very strong belief in the temple. The main deities of the temples are Lord Shiva, Parvati
, Lord Ganesha
, and Lord Kartikeya
. Other deities in the temple just behind the main temple are of Lord Rama
. One can have a spellbinding sight of the magnificent Himalayan ranges along with Alaknanda Valley and town itself from here.
This is another Shiva temple of Pauri Garhwal District and is located in the dense forests of Oak and Pine on Kandoliya hills. Adjacent to this temple is a beautiful park and a sports complex. During summers Kandoliya Park becomes a famous picnic spot. One side of the park gives a beautiful view of Pauri
town and other side of it gives a beautiful view of Gagwarsyun valley.
This much worshipped temple of Nag Devta is situated in a dense forest of Pine and Rhododendron. On the way to the temple an observatory is installed from where one can get a gigantic and thrilling view of the magnificent Himalayan ranges like Chaukhamba Peak
, Gangotri Group of mountains
, Bandarpoonch, Kedardome, Kedarnath Mountains
It is a famous Shakti Peeth of this area dedicated to Goddess Durga and is around 33 kms from Pauri. Special religious events are organised in the occasion of Navratra.
Binsar Mahadev Temple:
Amidst the dense forests of Birch, Rhododendron and Deodar. Sanctum Sanctorum of the temple consists of deities, Hargauri, Ganesh and Mahishasura Mardini. The temple is believed to be constructed by Maharaja Prithu in memory of his father Bindu. This temple is also known as Bindeshwar temple. A big fair takes place here on the occasion of Baikunth Chaturdashi every year. View of clear blue sky and white spread peaks from here is magnificent. This temple is around 114 km from Pauri.
Situated at a height of 2200 metres Tarakund is a small picturesque spot amidst lofty mountains. A small lake and an ancient temple adorn the place. The Teej festival is celebrated with great gaiety.
Some of the popular fairs and festivals of Pauri Garhwal District that attract the devotees from all parts of the country are mentioned below.
On the occasion of 'Makar Sankranti
', 'Gindi' fairs are organized at some places in the southern part of the district. These fairs have their own distinctiveness and importance in the hills. As the month of 'Magha
' starts, a number of fairs are organized in whole area, but 'Gindi' fairs are most famous in which people from the remote and far-away places participate. These fairs are symbols of bravery, joy, courage and competitive spirits.
Vaikunth Chaturdashi Mela:
On the occasion of 'Shukla Chaturdashi' of Kartika
month, also called 'Vaikunth Chaturdashi', a fair is organized at the Kamleswar Mahadev Temple. Earlier, this fair was organized for single day in the temple site. Now, it is extended to five days including a number of other activities.
Every year on 'Vaikunth Chaturdashi' and 'Kartik Purnima', two days 'Binsar Mela' is organised at 'Bindeswer Mahadev' temple. People from different areas of Pauri Garhwal District as well as adjoining areas Chamoli District
, Almora District
and Rudraprayag District participate and offer their prayers to God Shiva. Because of this, the fair witnesses a fine blend of cultural heritages of Garhwal
and Kumaon regions. Folk songs and folk dances add charm to the celebrations.
These are some of the popular temples and religious events of Pauri Garhwal District that are a must visit for the travellers. Pilgrimage tourism in Pauri Garhwal District offers an enriching experience to the devotees.