Golu Devta or Lord Golu is the renowned and sequential God of the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand.
About 10 kilometre from Almora and about four kilometres from the main entrance of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, the Golu Devta Chitai temple is located.
Golu Devta is thought to be as an incarnation Lord Shiva (Gaur Bhairav), and is worshipped all over the province and regarded as the dispenser of justice by the devotees with extreme faith.
Golu Devta is seen an appearance of Lord Shiva, his brother Kalva Devta is an appearance of Bhairava and Garh Devi is the form of Shakti. Golu Devta is also entreated as main deity (Ista/ Kula Devta) in many villages of Chamoli. Normally, a three / nine days pooja is performed to worship of Goreel Devta as known in Chamoli district. Golu Devta is presented by Ghee, Halwa, Poori, Pakori, Milk, Curd etc. and sacrificed goat’s head. Two Male Goat sacrifice (Bali) is executed.
There are various temples of Golu Devta in Kumaun. The most popular temples are at Chitai, Champawat, and Ghorakhal. It is popular belief that Golu Devata bestows quick justice to the devotee.
Devotees in turn offer bells and bali after the completing of their wishes. The uncountable bells of every size can be seen hanging over the temple grounds. Many devotees file a lot of written implores daily, which are received by the temple.