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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the religious places in Ramnagar?

Manavi Kapur DEC 10 2012
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Entwined with local myths and beliefs, the temples in and around the hills are believed to be those of the most powerful deities. So, as you plan your adventure trip, set aside some time to pay homage to these temples. Ramnagar houses two such temples dedicated to Goddesses that you can include in your must-visit list:

  • Garjia Temple

On top of a huge rock, alongside the Kosi River is the abode of Garjia Maa (Parvati). Parvati is also known as the daughter of the Himalayas. It is believed that the temple flowed to its current place. It is believed that when Bhairav was unable to stop this floating temple, he requested Goddess Parvati to stay with him and since then she has been staying here. As you climb up, the calm Kosi seems like an ascetic lost in prayer.

Sometime between November and December, the Kartik Purnima festival is celebrated here. Navratri, Uttarayan, Shivratri and Ganga Dussehra are also celebrated here with much fervour. It is highly revered by the locals who offer bells and umbrella here when their wishes are granted. Most of the couples visiting Corbett don’t leave without saying a prayer at the temple.

There is also a small shack in the vicinity where you can enjoy chai and maggi. The chirpy couple that runs the chai shop will be more than happy to serve you. Don’t go into the water when it is raining, the flow increases and there are chances of flooding.

  • Seeta Bani Temple

Dedicated to Devi Sita, this temple is about 20 km from Ramnagar. It is believed that Sita entered the earth here after handing over her children to Lord Rama. Also, it is said that she spent her exile days here. This is one of the very few places you’ll spot a solo statue of Sita without Rama. A dense forests surrounds the area and you’ll be able to meet some monkeys and deers on your way. Around April, Ramanavami is celebrated in high spirits and a fair is held here. Spend a few calm moments at this Temple.

Further ahead, you’ll be able to spot another temple with a unique Hanuman statue. There is a forest surrounding the temples. It doesn’t have any wild animals around, so feel free to explore.

You might not find a huge crowd around the place but be dressed appropriately while visiting the temples. Keep your phone off or on silent so that you don’t disturb the locals or disturb the ambience.

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