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About Golu Devta Chitai Temple

The famous Temple of Chitai, Almora District in Uttarakhand is the Golu Devta Chitai temple, dedicated to Golu God or Goljyu Devta an incarnation of Lord ShivaShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
in the form of Gaur BhairavBhairavBhairav
Also known as Kala Bhairava, Bhairava is the manifestation of Lord Shiva...
. Although there are many temples of Golu Devta in Almora but the Chitai Golu Devta Temple is the most sacred one.  Chitai Golu Temple is the identify by a number of the copper bell hung in its premises. Golu God is the symbol of God of Justice. Devotees common belief than when anyone worship in his temple, Golu God provide justice and make every wish come true.  The temple is situated at 8kms from Almora.

Chitai Golu Devta - God of Justice


Golu Devta is famously known as God of Justice. Maximum devotees worship the deity and ask for the justice on behalf of the injustice have been done to them or with their family. Devotees worship at Golu Devta with the means of White cloth, Pagri (turban) and White Shawl. People believe that God asks for in propitiation is a bell, as is evident from the thousands of bells strung across the temple premises. Anyone can even seek Gollu Devtas divine intervention by writing to him. Stacks of the letter are pinned all over the temple along with bells.

Legend and Story - Golu Devta Temple

As the story goes, once a king went into the forest for hunting, when the king became thirsty he ordered one of his servants to fetch water for him, in turn the servant disturbed a lady deep in meditation, the king got fond of the lady and married her. As the other queens of the king became jealous of the new queen they stole the newborn child of the queen and replaced it with a stone and threw the kid in a lake where a fisherman found him. Later when the boy realised about his true identity he decided to seek on the injustice done to his mother. He goes to the lake with a wooden horse and tries to make the horse drink water from the lake, seeing this the king asked the boy how can he make the wooden horse drink water at which the kid asked the king if women can give birth to a stone then the horse can also drink water. The king realised his mistake and accepted him as his son. He then treated this subjects with mare care and concern and became popular for his justice and was regarded as Gwalla devta. there are also many other stories relating to the origin of Golu devta, some say he was the son of the Katyuri king, Jhall Rai and the grandson of Hal rai. According to another story, he was the general in the army of Chand king Baz Bahadur.

Gwala Devta also called as "Gwala" which means a Cows header. There is also well known saying about Golu Devta, that if you tie up a bell in the neck of the sacred cow, the ringing equals to 1000 bells in a holy temple. It was his belief that all 33 crores gods and Goddesses are present in a single temple. Golu devta have siblings Kalva Devta, in the form of Bhairava and Garh Devi in the form of Shakti. In villages of Chamoli which are very close to Kumaon, Golu Devta is also worshiped as a key deity (Ishta/ Kull Devta).

Golu Devta is worshipped by devotees from far flung areas. Devotees perform 3 days pooja or 9 days pooja and give offerings in the name of Lord Golu Devta. Also known as Goreel Devta famous in Chamoli district (Jaagar). Lord Golu basically worshipped by offering Ghee, Milk, Curd, Halwa, Poori, Pakauri.
 

 



 


 
 

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