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Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra: A Traveler’s Diary

With the first ray of morning, our journey begins from the village of Nauti, where the local headman performs the ritual of sanctifying a four-horned sheep. The cheers of “Jai Ma Nanda Devi” echo around us, and we, a group of devotees tied by our faith, commence this sacred journey.

The first stop is Lohajung, from where we move towards Wan and then to Bedini Bugyal. This path not only takes us deeper into our spiritual journey but also presents unparalleled views of natural beauty. In the lush greenery of Bedini Bugyal, we offer milk and rice to the goddess and rest for a while in the peace of the place.

As we advance towards Roopkund, our journey becomes more challenging. Reaching the shores of this mysterious lake, we offer flowers on the ‘bed of the goddess’. From here, the peaks of the Himalayas seem to open the gates of heaven, and standing amidst this marvelous creation of nature, I can feel how our entire journey creates a spiritual stimulation.

The final stop, Homkund, where the journey concludes. The act of releasing the sheep here symbolizes the dispersion of the community’s sins. At this moment, as the sheep disappears into the mountains, we too strive to let go of our inner negativities.

The return journey is peaceful. Each of us returns with a new sense of sanctity and the blessings of the goddess in our hearts. The Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra is not just a pilgrimage but a lesson in life, teaching us how to live a meaningful life by harmonizing faith, community, and nature.

*This diary entry is a work of fiction, based on the original yatra

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