Mythologies of Kumaon and Garhwal

Indian mythologies revolve around epics, Puranas, and Vedas written eons back. Uttarakhand during ancient times was known as Uttar-Panchal in many Upanishads, it is a key origin of the Vedas and Shri Bhagavad Purana. Maharishi Manu recited Shrimad Bhagavad to all his disciples on the bank of River Ganga in Rishikesh. When Garhwal and Kumaon were Kedar Khanda and Manas Khanda respectively, Dhams and Jyotirlingas were established in this region.

Mythologies of Kedar Khanda was influenced by the idea of praying Pancha Kedar whereas Manas Khanda has the influence of praying Shakti (energy) in the different form i.e. Lord Narayana and Lord Shiva. Hence, constancy can be observed in the mythology of Garhwal region but the versatility of each myth exists only in villages of Kumaon. The present generations in remote Uttarakhand are generating possibilities and opportunity to create tourism near these sacred grooves and are supporters to revive the heritage of this region.

An extensive research has been conducted while covering the issue on Chitai’s Golu, Nanda Raj Jat. Hearty thanks to all the members who participated in the compilation of this issue in such a less time.

This issue is an attempt to write for a part of myths existing in core villages of Kumaon and Garhwal. Covering the aspects of Nanda Devi Raj Jat, Chitai’s Golu Devta, Hanol’s Mahasu to a spiritual aura of Rishikesh. We aspire to write the second volume on this issue in Edition of January 2018.

 

Happy reading!

Nitin Chandola

(Editor in chief)


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