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Maa Nanda Devi Raj Jat women watching the exhibition on the journey.
An exhibition focusing on the ceremonial farewell of the goddess of mother Nanda Devi Raj Jat Himalaya was inaugurated by Indira Gandhi National Human Museum, Bhopal by Shiv Shekhar Shukla (IAS), Principal Secretary, Culture, Tourism and Public Relations Department. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the exhibition showcases the social, economic and cultural life of the local people, their religious beliefs, ritualistic presentations and spiritual and emotional connections associated with pilgrimage.
In this regard, the director of the museum, Dr. Praveen Kumar Mishra said that the mountain ranges and their peaks located in the sacred Himalayas are considered to be the home of the deities controlling the elements of nature with their great power. Nanda Devi Garhwal, India’s second highest peak, is also a prominent goddess of Kumaon.
The most difficult pilgrimage is around 280 kilometers long Nanda Devi Raj Jat with 19 resting places around Nanda Devi mountain. The entire journey is a ritual farewell in which Nanda Devi is taken from her ancestral home in Nauti village in Chamoli district to her husband’s home in Homkund.
Nanda Jat is organized every year in Chamoli, Pithoragarh and Bageshwar regions in which procession of the goddess’s palanquin is carried out. The Nanda Devi Raj Jat is held once in 12 years with a four-horned ram “Chausinga Khadu”, believed to be the incarnation of the goddess, showing the path of local deities and citizens of the entire region in full devotion in this journey. And participate with enthusiasm.
Regarding this exhibition, Dr. RM Nayal, the convener of the exhibition told, “Some rare photographs and multifarious objects have been displayed in this exhibition focused on Middle Himalayan culture and Nanda Devi Raj Jat.