Garjiya Devi Temple

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Garjiya Devi Temple on the Kosi River
The statue of Garjiya Devi at Garjiya Devi Temple, Ramnagar

Garjiya Devi Temple is a noted Devi temple located in the Garjiya village near Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, India, on the outskirts of the Corbett National Park.[1] It is a sacred Shakti shrine where Garjiya Devi is the presiding deity. The temple is situated over a large rock in the Kosi River and is one of the most famous temples of the Nainital district,[2] visited by thousands of devotees during Kartik Poornima, a Hindu holy day celebrated on the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik (November – December) Mostly worshiped by Uttrakhand peoples.

The first priest was Pt. Keshav Dutt Pandey who began worship of Devi Girija. There is also a statue of LakshmiNarayan of 9th century, made from black granite. Many people go there every day to worship in the temple. Many people bathe in the Kosi river near Garjiya temple.

Festivals[edit]

The temple is also known as the festival of lights of the gods.[3] The Kartik Purnima festival also coincides with the Sikh festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sharad Singh Negi (1993). Kumaun: The Land and the People. Indus Publishing. pp. 192–. ISBN 978-81-85182-89-6. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Bipin Chandra Joshi; C. M. Agrawal (1996). Man, culture, and society in the Kumaun Himalayas: General B.C. Joshi commemoration volume. Shree Almora Book Depot. p. 111. ISBN 978-81-85865-29-4. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Prabodhini Ekadashi is known as Dva-Diwali in some regions.

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