Uttarakhand is the land of God and it is called Devbhoomi. The Beauty of Uttarakhand is known as Devbhoomi because huge numbers of temples situated in Uttarakhand : Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotari and Yamunotri. These are known as Char Dham Yatra.
The other major regional languages of Uttarakhand are Garhwali, which is spoken by 23% of the population mostly in the western half of the state. Kumaoni, spoken in the eastern half and native to 20%, and Jaunsari, spoken in the southwest and make up 1.3% of the state’s population. Located at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain ranges, it is largely a hilly State, having international boundaries with China (Tibet) in the north and Nepal in the east.
NANDA DEVI RAJ JAAT YATRA
Usually Uttarakhand is divided into two parts Garhwal and Kumaon . The mix up of Garhwal and Kumaon is known as Garhkumaon. In every twelve years, the Kumbh Mela is recognized in which crores of devotees participated and in the end these devotees take part in “Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra , there is a beautiful Mata’s Doli. This is the story of Maa Parvati that’s called Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra.
CULTURE OF UTTARAKHAND
The Beauty of Uttarakhand known for the culture of dance and music. And one of the most beautiful tradition of Uttarakhand’s people is that where peoples are more attract which is silver and gold jewellery. The land is blessed with the beauty of the Himalayas and ancient temples. The lifestyle of the people of Uttarakhand is deeply rooted to their religion and beliefs.
In Garhwal , woman usually wear saree with a full sleeves blouse. Ghagri is a long skirt that is worn by mostly all the women of uttarakhand. A married woman to wear hansuli (silver ornament) worn around the neck which is called guloband. The local people of the region are associated with many tribes and work hard to earn their living. Folk dance and music forms an integral part of the people and culture of Garhwal. The major religion followed by the Garhwali people is Hinduism and the majority of population consists of Brahmins.
Kumaon is one of the most Culturally rich region of not only of Uttarakhand but of India too. Weather its Tradition attire like Pichora or Dance forms like Chholiya or decorative art form like Aipan, Kumauni Culture is well know for its rich heritage, traditions and rituals. In Kumaon , during weddings women wears a red and golden head covering known as the pichora. Pichora has its own beauty. The people belonging to the Kumaon community celebrate the Harela festival.
TOP RELIGIOUS PLACES IN UTTARAKHAND
BEST TIME TO VISIT IN UTTARAKHAND
March to April and mid-September to mid-October are considered as the Best time to visit the beauty of Uttarakhand. Trekking, Paragliding and The Char Dham Yatra are the most popular activities during Summer. While winters from November through February are perfect for rafting in Rishikesh and wildlife spotting in Jim Corbett National Park. Some parts of Uttarakhand like Mussoorie and Nainital experience snowfall.
5 FOLK DANCES OF UTTARAKHAND
The Pandava Nritya tells the tale of the five heroes of Hindu mythology, the Pandava brothers of Mahabharata, from start to end. It is a 10 – 12 days dance-drama celebration performed between November to February every year. It is believed that the energies of the five Pandavas enter the body of performing artists during the stage performance.
The Bhotias are an ancient tribe of Uttarakhand, and the namesake dance is performed by them is closely linked to their death rituals. It is a common belief among the Bhotias that the soul of the dead lives in the body of a sheep or goat after the human body dies.
Cholia dance is the sword dance, meant to depict the martial art traditions of the Kumaoni tribe. This dance form is as old as a thousand years, and it is performed during the local Rajput weddings.
Jhora dance is a springtime celebration performed by the local people by moving around in circles. It is a highly popular dance in the Kumaon Himalayas.
It is another interesting dance performed at a fair organised in the month of Vaishakha. The fair starts from Vaishakha Sankranti and the worship of Bhumiyal Devta. Participants wear traditional clothing and masks that are made to resemble various deities and demons.