Chitai Golu Devta Temple
Major attractions in Chitai Golu Devta Temple
Almora Travel Guide
Chitai Golu Devta shrine in Almora is devoted to Golu Devta who is believed to be the
incarnation of Lord Shiva and at the temple is worshipped in the form of Gaur Bhairav. There
are several temples of Golu Devta in Almora but the Chitai Golu Devta is the highly sacred
temple of all and is famous to fulfill all the wishes of the worshipers. The shrine is located at a
distance of 8kms in Almora.
God of Justice- Chitai Golu Devta
Golu Devta is referred as “God of Justice” by the locales. Each year large number of devotees arrives here to offer their prayers and please God to do justice to them for the injustice caused in life. People here worship the Lord with white cloth, pagri and white shawl. People believe that once the prayers are fulfilled and justice is done, devotee ought to tie a bell in the temple periphery. Thousands of bells hanging in the temple premises are evident to this fact. Anyone can seek divine intervention by writing to him. Several letters are pinned up to the bells in the temple.
History of Chitai Golu Devta Temple Almora
As per the myths and locales here there is a story attached to Chitai Golu Devta shrine. As per belief, there was once a king who went to forest for hunting. During the course of wandering through the forest, King felt thirsty and ordered his servants to get water for him. During the search of water the servants saw a lady deeply indulged in mediation and disturbed her. When the king got to know about this act of his servants he scolded them and was charmed by the beauty of the queen and married to her.
When the king brought his new queen to the palace, his other queens became jealous of her. When the new queen delivered a baby, other queens became jealous and replaced the baby with a stone and threw the new born baby in the lake where a fisherman found him. Later, after few years when the child got to know about his true identity he decided to seek justice for the injustice caused to him. He goes to the nearby lake and makes a horse of wood drink water, when the king sees him. King asked him how a wood horse can drink water to which he replied that when a woman can give birth to stone then this horse can also drink water. The king then realized his fault and accepted him as his son. The prince treated his subjects with utmost care and justice and gained fame as Gwalla devta.
Besides, there are numerous stories attached to the origination of Golu Devta. Few say that he was the son of the Katyuri King, Jhall Rai and grandson of Hal rai. As per other chronicle, he was the general in the military of Chand King Baz Bahadur.
Gwala Devta is referred as “Gwala” that means one who takes care of cows. There is one saying attached to Golu devta that if a devotee ties a bell in the neck of the sacred cow that chiming of the that one bell equals to chimes of 1000 bells in a holy temple. Also, as per Hindu mythology there are around 33 crores Gods and Goddesses that are present in the form of Shakti. In villages of Chamoli located close to Kumaon, Golu Devta is also worshipped here as an important deity.
Golu devta is worshipped by large number of devotees who arrive here from different areas and perform three days pooja here. Offerings are made in the name of Lord Golu Devta who receives Ghee, Milk, Halwa, Poori, Pakauri and Curd.
How to Arrive at Golu Devta Temple in Almora
Chitai Golu Devta temple is located only 8kms from Almora and strongly connects to the Jageshwar dham road. Tourist can easily reach here via taxi or bus.
Nearest railway station to Almora is Kathgodam railway station-94kms
1. Nearest airport to Almora in Uttarakhand is Pantnagar airport-124kms
2. Nearest airport to Almora at Delhi is IGI- 352kms