Nanda Devi Mela, A Folk Culture of Kumaon Uttarakhand 16/01/2020

Nanda Devi Mela

During the month of August end or September every year one of the major festivals in Kumaon region of the state Uttarakhand, Nanda Devi Mela is celebrated in places like Chamoli, Nauti, Dandidhara, Mussoorie, Ranikhet, Kichha, Nainital, Almora, Bageshwar, Bhowali, Kot along with the far-flung villages of Johar. Almora is where the principle reasonable is held. Nanda Devi Mela, otherwise called Nanda Devi Mahotsav has been praised since the Chand Kings controlled the place with its term being either 5 days or 7 days. The reasonable for the most part happens around the celebration of Nandashtami, or, in other words parts of the state. One can witness the culture of Kumaon locale alongside the move, tunes and muse.



  • Nanda Devi Fair is organized for 5 or 7 days in Chamoli, Nauti, Dandidhara, Mussoorie, Ranikhet, Kichha, Nainital, Almora, Bageshwar, Bhowali, Kot.
  • The fair is held near the Nanda Devi Temple.
  • In the fair, one can witness the folk culture of Kumaon region along with the dance, songs and food.
  • The festival starts from the early morning and continues until 9 pm.
  • The whole festival is meant to pay tribute to the Goddess Nanda Devi.
  • Small schools and colleges students also perform in the festival to showcase their talent. Moreover, one can also see the performance of the local artists.

On the final day of the fair, the dola (palanquin) of Nanda and Sunanda Devi is carried out to be submerged in the water by the devotees.

Reason behind celebrating Nanda Devi Mela

According to the ancestors, Nanda Devi was the family Goddess of the Chand Kings, leaders of the Kumaon district during the seventeenth century. King Dyot Chand fabricated the sanctuary of Nanda Devi in Almora. In this manner, from that point onwards, the Nanda Devi Fair is sorted out each year to love the Goddess of Kumaon, Nanda Devi and it symbolizes the financial and social thriving of the locale. Individuals take part in the parade which conveys the dola (palanquin) of Nanda Devi and her sister, Sunanda. The reasonable is normally held around the sanctuary of Nanda Devi. Alongside the society tunes and move, a tremendous market where the locally carefully assembled items and town creates are sold can be seen close to the sanctuary. Enthusiasts from both Kumaon and Garhwal locales of Uttarakhand and in addition different conditions of India come here to take an interest in the reasonable. Amid the reasonable in Kumaon Region, Goddess Nanda Devi is additionally revered in Chamoli District in Garhwal Region.

Reasons To Love This Mahaotsava

The place rises with a considerable measure of movement. This is the season of the rain & roam around the corner of the city with so many folk dances like Choliya Dance. By chance if you visit to the place you can get an understanding into the material and social thriving of the locale. A great deal of hand made items like candle, handicraft, bamboo work, hand knitted & hand woven material made by the town skilled workers are purchased by everyone. You can likewise observe some brilliant exhibitions by the nearby artistes at all these fairs. It is a marvelous possibility for them to maintain their people customs and set up melody and move programs.

Nanda Devi Mela Choliya Dance

Preparation For this Nanda Devi Mela

The festival, popular as Nanda Devi Mahotsav, is dedicated to goddess Nanda (goddess of joy), who is the patron goddess of the local people of Uttarakhand. The Nanda Devi peak, located in Chamoli district of Kumaon region in Uttarakhand, is named after her. Many arrangements have been made for the festival, which witnesses heavy rush of devotees from the Kumaon region and elsewhere in the state. Decorative lights have been put on Naina Devi temple, Nainital lake fringe, trees on the Mall Road and buildings in the market. Scores of stalls selling garments, kitchen items, local handicrafts and other items of daily use have been set up in the Mela Ground in front of the Naina Devi temple.

Many devotees from the Kumaon region said they come every year to participate in the festival and seek blessings of Nanda Devi. It is the most special occasion in the life of people here. Not only people get to be part of the massive festive congregation, we feel blessed and protected by Nanda Devi.


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