Raj Jaat Yatra
The Nanda Devi Raj Jaat is a pilgrimage and festival of Uttarakhand in India. People from the entire Garhwal and Kumaon division as well as from other parts of India and the world come and participate in this.
The Yatra or pilgrimage starts from Nauti village (25 km from Karnprayag) and goes up to the heights of Roopkund and Hemkund with a four horned sheep. In Chamoli, Nanda Devi Raj Jaat is organized once in 12 years. In some villages people celebrates the Nanda Devi Jaat (journey) every year.
The Raj Jaat procession goes through villages, where there is a recognized Nanda Devi temple. This is considered to be one of the Asia's longest hike of 290 kms. The 230 kms distance is covered by foot or by trekking route and the rest 60 kms is covered by the bus transport.
This journey is a difficult one because of the difficult terrain it goes through. The yatra also depicts the problems faced by the newly married girls of Uttarakhand and their love for their Husband and in laws.
The Goddess Nanda Devi is considered to be the wife of Lord Shiva and Kailash is the home of Lord Shiva. The legend is that Nanda Devi was living with her parents in her father's house and due to some unavoidable situations for 12 years she was not able to return to Kailash.
Later on she was sent to Kailash with grand celebration.