Friday, 4 April 2014

Witness the Best Event of the Year Haatkalika Fair in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand the north Indian state many times referred to as “Devabhoomi” or land of the gods is also a place where many incredible fairs and festivals are celebrated. While on a tour of this state you will get a feeling of entering a divine place, adorned with some of the well known pilgrim centers and above all beauty of the Himalayas. Some of the exclusive festivals of Uttarakhand are Hill Yatra, Olgia/Ghee Sankranti, Ganga Dussehra/Dasar, Basant Panchami, Chhipla Jaat, Kumaon Holi and Kandali.

Haatkalika Fair in UttarakhandThe religious, cultural and social aspects of the region get best exposure in some of the fairs like Dwarahat, Syalde and Devidhura while Jauljibi, Thal and Bageshwar fairs are related to the trading activities of the region. One of the popular fairs at Pithoragarh district is the Haatkalika fair, which is celebrated in a small village of Gangolihat. Standing on the top of all fairs and festivals of Uttarakhand is the HaatKalika fair, which is celebrated on the promising occasion of Ashtami falling in Chaitra and Bhado months. This fair is arranged to honor Goddess Haat Kalika which is an incarnation of Maa Kali. Atmosphere in and around Kalika temple in village Gangolihat becomes enthusiastic and colorful due to the festive mood of the locals, who gather here to pay their respects and get blessings of the goddess who has shifted her residence from Bengal to this place of eternal peace and tranquility. Devotees sing spiritual songs on the background of drums and other musical instruments. It is a great belief of the locals that the desires of the devotees are fulfilled by Maa Kali during this period.

Gangolihat can be reached from Kathgodam which is the nearest railway station located at around two hundred km. It can also be reached from Pithoragarh by road which is located at eighty two km. Cheap accommodations are available at Gangolihat as well as Pithoragarh. Many budget resorts in Uttarakhand like United-21 resort Corbett provide best means to stay in nature’s proximity.