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Nanda Devi is the goddess of well-being and prosperity who has several shrines that are devoted to her all across Uttarakhand as well as at other regions. One of the most popular fair is Nanda Devi Chhoti Raj Jat Yatra which attracts people from all over India. This yatra is held every year in the remembrance of Godesses Devi Nanda and Sunanda in the month of September as a symbol of prosperity.  This yatra covers many villages and on the way, Devi meets her sister Sunanda in the Bhagwati village.
The Nanda Devi Chhoti Raj-Jat is celebrated every year in temples of Nanda Devi which are expanded across the areas of whole Uttarakhand. The festival commences on the day earmarked for the Devi’s visit to her parents’ home and finishes with the return to her husband’s home. This Raj jat yatra inaugurates from Nauti village which is 25 km from away from Karnprayag, a tehsil of Uttarakhand.  As per the beliefs, Nanda Devi, wife of Lord Shiva left her village and went to the Nanda Devi Hill. Therefore when the yatra begins, heavy rain occurs which is believed that Devi is crying.
This journey (YATRA) is a difficult one because of the extreme route on which it goes through. During the journey, people pass by a Lake known as Roopkund surrounded by hundreds of skeletons.
This festival becomes a very huge affair which is celebrated in EVERY 12 YEARS at Roopkund lake when a four-horned sheep is born. The yatra is called Nanda Devi Raj Jat. This marvellous 21-days journey is carried out by uncountable people, who are led by the above-mentioned four-horned sheep heading to Shiva’s home at the base of Trishul.
During these 21 days, the Nanda Devi Melas (fairs) are held at different places of Uttarakhand like Almora, Nainital, Dandidhara, Nauti, Ranikhet and Munsiyari etc. The most famous fairs are of Almora and Roopkund fairs. Nanda Devi is the goddess of well-being and prosperity who has several shrines that are devoted to her all across Uttarakhand as well as at other regions. One of the most popular fair is Nanda Devi Chhoti Raj Jat Yatra which attracts people from all over India. This yatra is held every year in the memory of Goddesses Nanda and Sunanda during the month of September as a symbol of prosperity.  This yatra covers many villages and on the way, the Devi meets her sister Sunanda in the Bhagwati village.
The Nanda Devi Chhoti Raj-Jat is celebrated every year in the Nanda Devi temples spread across the areas of entire Uttarakhand. The festival commences on the day earmarked for the Devi’s visit to her parents’ home and finishes with the return to her husband’s home. This Raj jat yatra originates from Nauti village 25 km from Karnprayag a tehsil of  Uttarakhand.  As per the beliefs, Nanda Devi, wife of Lord Shiva left her village and went to the Nanda Devi Hill. Therefore when the yatra begins, heavy rain occurs which believed that Devi is crying.
This journey (YATRA) is a difficult one because of the extreme route on which it goes through. During the journey, people pass by a Lake known as Roopkund surrounded by hundreds of skeletons.
This festival becomes a very huge affair which is celebrated in EVERY 12 YEARS at Roopkund lake when a four-horned sheep is born. The yatra is called Nanda Devi Raj Jat. This marvellous 21-days journey is carried out by thousands of people, who are guided by the aforementioned four-horned sheep heading to Shiva’s home at the base of Trishul.
During these 21 days, the Nanda Devi Melas (fairs) are held at different places of Uttarakhand like Almora, Nainital, Dandidhara, Nauti, Ranikhet and Munsiyari, of which the Almora and Roopkund fairs are the most famous ones. A very famous Nanda Devi Temple is at Almora. Thousands of devotees at Almora participate in this auspicious procession, carrying the dola of Nanda Devi.
 A very famous Nanda Devi Temple is at Almora. Thousands of devotees at Almora participate in this providential march, with the carrying the palki of Nanda Devi.
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JOURNEY OF NANDA DEVI RAJ JAT YATRA
S. NoJourney/HaltDistance (Kms)Altitude (Mtrs)
1Yatra Inauguration NandaDham Nauti to Irabadhani101240
2Irabadhani to Nauti101650
3Nauti to Kansuwa101530
4Kansuwa to Sem101530
5Sem to Koti101630
6Koti to Bhagoti121500
7Bhagoti to Kulsari121050
8Kulsari to Chepdyun101165
9Chepdyun to Nandkesari051200
10Nandkesari to Faldia gaon101480
11Faldia gaon to Mundoli101750
12Mundoli to Vaan152450
13Vaan to Gairolipatal103032
14Gairolipatal to Bedani033450
15Bedani to Patarnauchania093650
16Patarnauchania to Shila Samudra154210
17Shila Samudra to Homekund/Chandaniaghat164010
18Chandaniaghat to Sutol182192
19Sutol to Ghat251331
20Ghat to Nauti (By bus)601650
How To Reach The Yatra
  • By air: To attend Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra, we have to first reach Chamoli. The closest airport is Jolly Grant Airport which is just 221 kilometers away.
  • By train: Rishikesh is the nearest railway station.
  • By road: Chamoli is connected with the most parts of Uttarakhand district.
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