Nanda Devi Mela in Almora Uttarakhand

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Nanda Devi cultural Fair and Festival of Uttarakhand

Nanda Devi Mela is one of the most important festivals in Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region and is held at places like Almora, Nainital, Bageshwar, Bhowali, and Kot, as well as the far-flung villages of Johar.

Every year in the month of September, the Nanda Devi Mela (Fair) is Organised in a Grand Way to Celebrate Nandastami. Almora is where the major fair takes place. Since the Chand Kings governed the region, Nanda Devi Mela, also known as Nanda Devi Mahotsav, has been held for either 5 or 7 days. The fair is usually held around the Nandashtami festival, which is celebrated in portions of the state.

Nanda Devi was the family Goddess of the Chand Kings, rulers of the Kumaon region, according to tradition. King Dyot Chand erected the Nanda Devi shrine in Almora in the 17th century. Since then, the Nanda Devi Fair has been held every year to honour the Goddess of Kumaon, Nanda Devi, who represents the region’s economic and cultural wealth.

People take part in the procession that carries Nanda Devi’s dola (palanquin) and her sister, Sunanda. The fair is frequently held near Nanda Devi’s temple. Near the temple, there is a large market selling locally handcrafted products and village crafts, as well as folk singing and dancing. Both Kumaon and Garhwal devotees are present.

People Sing and Dance on old Kumaon and Garhwali Folk Songs. Some regional people and tourists also participate in the performances. All traditional instruments are used in the songs by people who are trained in such folk art. We discussed one to one with one such artist who told us that nobody from younger generation now want to listen these traditional songs. He was worried that the last generation of this art is currently the old people and after that slowly the art will be vanished.

Nanda Devi Fair is home to some stalls where you can find tasty cuisines, local arts, aipan handlooms, and many such small stalls selling useful items. Some famous handicraft items are also famous like cushion covers, plates, key handels painted with traditional uttarakhand art known as Aipan design.
 

Some Amazing Facts about Nanda Devi Mela:

1. Chamoli, Nauti, Dandidhara, Mussoorie, Ranikhet, Kichha, Nainital, Almora, Bageshwar, Bhowali, and Kot host the Nanda Devi Fair for 5 or 7 days.
2. The event takes place close to the Nanda Devi Temple.
3. The folk culture of the Kumaon region, as well as dance and singing, are on display at the fair.
4. The celebration begins early in the morning and lasts until 9 p.m.
5. The entire celebration is dedicated to the Goddess Nanda Devi.
6. Students from small schools and colleges also perform at the festival to show off their skills. Additionally, local artists’ performances are available to view.
7. The dola (palanquin) of Nanda and Sunanda Devi is carried out on the last day of the fair to be buried in the water.

How to Reach Nanda Devi Fair in Almora

 

By Train:

Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Almora. It is roughly 81 kilometres from the city and takes almost two hours to travel. The train service is excellent, and it is well connected to a number of other cities, including Moradabad, Delhi, Haridwar, and Bareilly.
 

By Air:

The nearest airport to Almora is at Pantnagar, which is roughly 127 kilometres away and is home to a renowned agricultural institution. 
 

By Road:

Almora can be reached in a variety of ways. Binsar is 13 kilometres away, Mukteshwar is 16 kilometres away, Ranikhet is 24 kilometres away, Kathgodam is 90 kilometres away, Pantnagar is 127 kilometres away, Delhi is 380 kilometres away, Dehradun is 415 kilometres away, and Lucknow is 466 kilometres away. Uttaranchal State Road Transport Corporation buses run frequently between Almora and Delhi. 
 
Nanda Devi Fair is one such traditional Fair which will give you glimpses of Kumaoni and Garhwali Culture with arts and folk music with dance. If you want to know the Pahadi Culture closely you must not miss this fair in Almora. 
Nanda Devi Mela in Almora Video
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