Uttarakhand is also called dev bhoomi due to various religious sites such as Rishikesh , Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, Kedaranath and Haridwar.
It is a northern Indian state which was formerly known as Uttaranchal. I will share a list of the most amazing and interesting facts about Uttarakhand which will blow your mind.
These astonishing facts about Uttarakhand will make you pack your bags and visit there.
Why Uttrakhand is known as “The Land Of Gods”
The Land of the Gods, Devbhoomi Uttarakhand has always been the land of spirituality, religion and something beyond the realm of human consciousness.
You will find army man in every second home.
Uttarakhand has highest percentage of total state population in Indian army as compare to any other Indian state.
Did you know the largest Shiva Temple in the world is in Uttarakhand
Tungnath is the highest Lord Shiva temple in the World. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the highest Shiva Shrine among the Panch Kedar.
From where Yamunotri and Gangotri name emerged?
According to Hindu belief, the two most sacred river- Ganga and Yamuna originate from Uttarakhand State. While Ganga originates from Gangotri and Yamuna originates from Yamunotri.
Dhari Devi’s wrath was the cause of Kedarnath destruction?
It is widely believed that the Kedarnath disaster in 2013 was because of the shifting of revered Dhari Devi statue from its original location. As per the locals, Kali avtaar Dhari Devi unleashed the floods for revenge.
Uttarakhand had to face the Goddess’ ire as she was shifted from her ‘moolsthan’ (original home) to make way for a 330 MW hydel project . Few hours after the idol was moved a cloudburst hit the Kedarnath valley, washing away the entire shrine town and killing thousands of people. Is it a coincidence or faith?
Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is known as Yoga Capital of the world
Here, students from all over the world come for yoga, Yoga Classes, Yoga Courses.
Uttarakhand is the home of Valley of Flowers which is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The valley has more than 500 different species of alpine flowers and shrubs and has been attracting lot of attention for its ethereal beauty.
World’s longest pilgrimage on foot is conducted here once in every 12 years.
That is Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra. The pilgrimage takes place once every 12 years with more than 200km distance covered via trekking in a 3-week arduous journey. In Latu Devta Temple only priest enters blindfolded!
According to popular belief, Latu Devta is deity Nanda Devi’s adopted brother and escorts her palanquin from Wan to Homkund in the higher Himalayas during the Rajjat (journey) every 12 years.
Uttarakhand is only state with Sanskrit as official language
Most people here speak either Garhwali or Kumaoni.
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