Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra finally cancelled

Procession of Gods
Procession of Gods

The Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra, which takes place in Uttarakhand state of Himalayan India, once in 12 years and was scheduled for August 29 this year, has been finally cancelled. Since roads and bridges along the yatra path were damaged in the floods in June, and were unsafe to use. It is considered to be one of the longest religious processions in the world. Strangely just twenty days back it was decided that Yatra won’t be postponed. On 26th July it was said that it would be a low-profile event but will happen on schedule. But it seems that after long deliberations with the government and within the community, it was decided that cancelling the Yatra is best possible option in the current scenario.

In few days, a new schedule for the Yatra shall be announced. In the meantime, on 26th August special prayers will be held at all those places from where processions start to join the main Yatra. The main Yatra invariably starts from Nauti village near Karanprayag in Chamoli district.  The Nanda Raj Jaat, known as the Kumbh of Uttarakhand, wass slated to be held from August 29 to September 16, 2013. The 280 km and 19-day trek reaches Homkund through Bedini Bugyal, Roopkund and the very difficult Gali pass. Yatra has always been a religious issue and local sentiments are attached with it. Last Yatra happened in 2000. Hence this time it was originally scheduled in 2012 but was postponed to this year due to Malmaas (one inauspicious month) in the last year. Now again it has been postponed this year.

Yatra on the route, File Photo
Yatra on the route, File Photo

Normally thousands of pilgrims from across the world take part in the Yatra. However, the district administration had warned that they are not in position to handle large gatherings. After the natural calamity and continuous rains and landslides the road network was badly damaged. Due to bad weather administration could not do the minimum preparation needed. Nanda Devi is the supreme goddess of locals of Garhwal and Kumaon region. She visits her maternal dwelling in these Himalayan heights in hindu calendar month of Bhadrapad (August and September) and the festival is celebrated by the natives in every 12 years.

Besides Nanda Devi (7816 mts) is also the second heighest peak in India, located in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand. The route of Yatra passes through beautiful and mysterious lakes of Roopkund & Homkund and slopes of Bedini Bugyal. Besides Yatra, this route is also considered to a trekker’s paradise for its mesmerizing natural beauty, but it is also tough and challenging. Trekkers around the world dream of going to this area.

Read also:  http://vagabondimages.in/2013/07/26/nanda-devi-raj-jaat-not-to-be-postponed/

 

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To tour Kerala on internet, use gestures

This site is a new experience
This site is a new experience

Planning a trip to Kerala in south India? If you go on the internet, you will no longer have to use a mouse or keyboard to browse a section of the of Kerala Tourism website – you can instead gesture! In a pioneering development, the Kerala State Tourism Board allows users to access the site, www.when-it-rains.com, with their webcams – the site can be navigated through gestures alone. The website takes viewers to rain-washed plains, misty hills and majestic backwaters, and the interface takes place through sheer gestures.

This is one of few tourism websites anywhere in the world to use gesture-controlled technology for navigation. Visually stunning images of the monsoon shot by Facebook fans of Kerala Tourism are used in the new website, developed by Stark Communications, the official marketing and communications agency of the Kerala Tourism department.

Monsoon in Kerala is a lovable experience
Monsoon in Kerala is a lovable experience

The website tracks movements and gestures through the webcam and responds to these to allow the user to browse the site. People around the world can now sit in front of a computer or with a smart phone and enjoy multifarious experiences, even before they actually arrive in the state. The gesture-controlled website is yet another step in extending to the world the many experiences that Kerala offers to a visitor. Kerala Tourism is a pioneer in integrating technology in promoting its destinations to audiences across the country as well as abroad. The department’s award-winning website (www.keralatourism.org) is one of the most-visited tourism websites in the world.