Hatu Temple & Peak – Doorway to Spirituality and Adventure

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Hatu Mata Temple

Temple situated on Hatu peak is one of the main temples in Narkanda region of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Hatu, being a common tourist place and must go place for bikers, has an important significance in this region. It’s one of the highest motorable peaks in this region, although disconnects from rest of the world in winters.

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Hatu Peak

At 3300 meters and 8 km from Narkanda, when you travel through the road surrounded by pine and spruce trees, on top of the hill, is situated an ancient Hatu Mata temple. The peaks offers spectacular view of the entire Himalayan ranges, snow clad mountains and in depths are the dense forests, green fields and apple orchards. On one side are the deep and steep valleys with tall deodar trees forming charming patterns and on the other side you can see rock solid mountains almost pushing you into the valley. With every turn of the road, you feel the sharp ascent and the scenery around you changes. Best view is of course from the top of the Hatu Peak viewpoint. On a clear day, you get a panoramic view of the snow capped Shrikhand Mahadev peaks from here.  Hiking is recommended to reach the peak.

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HATU Temple History:

Hatu is a ancient  Temple located in dense forest.It ‘s enclosed by lush greenery,Pine and spruce trees on the hill top.With serene view of  Peak . It is highest peak of the area at 11000 feet .Hatu is ultimate destination for tourist and devotees.Fascinating and astonish landscape makes people to visit again and again .Hatu is a small beautiful wooden temple .People comes with their wishes to temple ,it is a belive that asking with true heart will definitly get fulfilled  something . According to local belief the famous hatu mata temple is the temple of ‘Mandodari’ wife of ‘Ravna’. People come in great number on the first Sunday of ‘Jeth’ (name of hindi month) to pay ritual here. Goat sacrifice is still in practice near the temple.hat it’s where the Pandavas brothers prepared and cooked their food during their agyaat vaas.

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There is a legend, which stems from the Bhagwad Gita, that the Pandavas brothers spent part of their time in exile on the top of this Himalayan mountain. Having gambled away their fortune and wife, they were cast out from their clan for thirteen years. They also had to remain invisible to people for a period of one year. Should that condition be broken they had to spend a further thirteen years in exile (apparently they succeeded). There is a legend that Pandavas spent part of their life during there exile here on Hatu peak. There are two giant stones, shaped like a chullah called “Bheem Chullah” stands as an evidence in the vicinity.

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Hatu Peak Trek
A one-day trek that mimics a full-fledged Himalayan trek

There are a few treks that all trekkers know about and a few treks that no one knows about. It’s mostly the unknown treks that catch you off guard and throw surprises at you.

The Hatu Peak is such a trek. It is a day hike, but packs in everything that you get in a full-fledged Himalayan trek – dark pine forests, superb mountain views, enchanting meadows and the thrill of walking on snow, provided you time it right.

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Kalpa- In a World of Breathtaking Beauty

Kalpa Village in the backdrop of Kinnaur Kailash

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Getting to Kalpa is a travelers paradise at a height of 10,900 feet in Himachal Pradesh going along the NH22 in Kinnaur District and located at the base of the imposing Kinner Kailash ranges and Shivling peaks which rise upto 20,000 feet, towering above the clouds surrounding the whole area. Famous for its fruit plantations (especially apple orchards), the picturesque hamlet of Kalpa lies 13 km uphill from Rekong Peo. Kalpa is spread amidst chilgoza forests, apple plantations and the holy deodhars.

Kalpa offers spectacular view of Kinnaur Kailash range and indeed a confluence of Hinduism and Buddhism with a colorful Buddhist temple and intricate Hindu temple in the same complex. With its scenic settings, Kalpa is among the most beautiful villages of Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh and certainly the most popular one.

History

The history of the region is influenced by myths and legends. It is believed that the place was under the reign of Magadha followed by the Mauryan Empire during the 6th century. The Guge Kingdom of Tibet also ruled Kinnaur between the 9th and 12th centuries. The history of the district lasted until Emperor Akbar conquered the area and included the valley into the Mughal Empire.

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Kinner-Kailash, the sacred mountain, is visited by natives for pilgrimage and is also one of the main attractions of the destination. There is a 70 metre high Shivalinga atop the peak that is visited by devotees and travellers. Sangla Valley on Bapsa River banks, at an altitude of 8,900 feet above sea level, is another attraction of the destination.

Some of the architectural marvels in and around the valley are Kamru Fort, Naga Temple and Sapni. The hamlet and village of Chini provides a glimpse of rich heritage, custom and culture. Most of the folklore is engaged in weaving shawls and Kinnauri caps. A fusion of Hinduism and Buddhism which is reflected in the culture and history of Kalpa is one of the chief attractions.

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Jalori Pass – Unparalleled Beauty & Most Spectacular Roads

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Jalori Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 10,800 ft (3.120m) above the sea level, situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The pass is the nearest mountain pass from Delhi, approximately 600 km away, and features on every adventure tourist’s map.

Jalori Pass is almost 80 Kms from Kullu and 150kms from shimla can be considered as a stunning place for trekking and picnic. One can create an everlasting memory, etched within their hearts, gearing up with their bag, lunch and gear and proper footwears to enjoy the stunning view of the great Himalayas with Dhauladhar stretched in a line peaking from far behind… as time flies. Trekking on this beautiful trail takes the tourists to the mesmerizing places like Shoja, Sereolsar Lake, Sakiran, Lambri, Bashleo and the Great Himalayan National Park.

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During the trekking, nature trails all across the Jalori region can be revealed through the expert naturalists, describing the myriad species of flora and fauna that infest the slopes of Jalori. On the other end, the unassuming hamlets dotting the forests unfold a warm and unique rural culture. Trout fishing in the Tirthan River at Larji and Gushaini is the added charm to the trekking at Jalori Pass region.

For religious beings, this celestial spot proclaims many temples of deities native to the Kullu soil. Jalori Mata’s Temple at Jalori Pass, Mahakali Temple at Lambri, Buri Nagan’s Temple at Sereolsar Lake, Brahmandrishi, the local God of Shoja and Sgringdrashij at Cheine are the exotically carved temples steeped in the myths of this mystical spot.

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Jalori Pass Trek

Extremely dangerous and outlying, Jalori is a high mountain pass, which is located at an elevation of 10570 ft (3223m) in Himachal Pradesh’s Karsog valley. To reach the Jalori Pass, one will have to go through extreme and adverse climatic condition and tough turf. To approach the peak, one should trek during April and December. Winters are just not the right to trek as the area receives heavy snowfall and it reaches approximately 20 feet.

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Kumarsain Fair (Jatar) – Spiritual Fervor Mixes With Ancient Beliefs

Koteshwar Mahadev Kumarsain

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Koteshwar Mahadev is one of the adored deity of Kumarsain & nearby area. According to legends deity has driven from Mahadev Kedarnath in Uttaranchal. Koteshwar Mahadev Temple is located in village Mandoli of Kumarsain. Koteshwar is one of the avtara of Lord Shiva. According to local people Mahadev come out of the temple only once in four years and a great fair takes place.

Kumarsain 4 Sala Mela (Jatar) – Relive the divine power

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Koteshwar Mahadev doesn’t comes out of the temple quite often as rest of the God comes of surrounding area .He comes only once in four year .Great fair takes place deity comes out in palanquin . Deity  is decorated with garlands of scented flowers and of coins, various ornaments, golden crown and with a gold umbrella. Under this main idol, lined up are other various idol of same Koteshwar Mahadev. One can easily judge the peace, happiness and eternal satisfaction on the face of Devta (Deity). It seems that people who are carrying the palanquin planning themselves, it but it is said that Devta himself who drives the palanquin.

Four /God will start this fair Marechh, Malandu, Koteshwar (Naya Devta, Budda Devta). All the four palanquins will be moving all around the fairground which will be filled more than capacity with humble devotees of Koteshwar Mahadev. People of every caste, age and sex were present and glorifying the fair. Young and old residents of Kumarsain comes before palanquins to carry them and  feel  lucky to get a chance even for few seconds watching the entire proceedings with devotion, excitement and curiosity. The festivity enhances with grey clouds and then rain.

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Koteshwar Mahadev who is believed to be scared soul blessed by Lord Shiva himself and one is considered King of the area of Kumarsain, a small town around seventy five kilometers up north from Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh. For the devotees, this Deity is not some “God” but just like their beloved family member for whom they have extreme love and respect and the one who have blessings of God to fulfill their big or small requirement or to erase their day to day problems. For them this Deity is in constant touch with its people either by dreams or through his ‘Gur” the main priest.

The occasion was the local festival which comes after every four years when Koteshwar Mahadev would meet his other loving deities, Marechh and Malendu Devtaa. A great fair is held here in months of August and September and thousands of devotees of Lord Shiva come here to worship him. Kumarsain Jatar is of 9 days, 5days in kumarsain and 4 days in mandoli. First day, in morning 4am, kotshwar mahadev and marich devta are taken out from sharkot and then they are taken to their Temples, Koteshwar Mahadev to Mandoli & Marich to Bai Temple. In Evening Koteshwar Devta and Buda Devta goes to Shrambal Camp , because it is the main place from where the koteshwar devta g are found. Next day, Koteshwar mahadev and budda devta g meet Marich Devta. Third day Malandi Devta g join fair. On 6 Day all devta g move to madholi.

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In Last two days, Marich and Malendi devta took fairwell from Koteshwar Devta g. Just like young kids those departing Devtaa were so reluctant to leave that their palanquins would not let its bearers take the exit route even when Koteshwar Mahadev himself was waiting at the end of road to see them off.

Only the interruption of oldest ‘Gur’ made them ready to leave for another four years. The festival ended with the ‘Nati’ (local dance) by the people of Kumarsain. The charm on the faces of idols of Devtaa seems faded a bit cause of this departing.