While in Uttarakhand I also visited the famous Chitai temple which lies in the hill station of Almora not too far from Rishikesh and Haridwar. The famous temple of Chitai is also known by its name of Golu devta Temple a locall supreme deity of Himalaya. He is considered as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. There are numerous temple of Golu devta in entire Almora town but the Chitai temple is considered the most sacred and famous, for its reputation that all the wish of the devotees comes true if the worshipper ask for it with a clear and pure conscious.
The famous temple of Chitai is also regarded as the Temple of justice. The devotees who throng the temple ask the god for the justice for all the injustices they have done with their loved ones. There are thousands of bells in the temple hitch are installed and donated by the devotees, people also communicate with God by writing him letters.
These letters are pinned all across the walls of the temple. In the era of modernity, and scientific rationality these things do sound very absurd and primitive but one needs to remember that this is what India was known for. The land of Spirituality here spirituality itself is a science of connecting with the Gods.
The temple is thronged by devotees from far flung areas of Uttarakhand and other parts of the country who perform a rigorous puja for 3 days to 9 days and also give many offerings to the temple. The Lord Golu at the temple is worshipped by offering him ghee, milk, curd, halwa, puri and other eateries which are prepared by devotees themselves.
The temple can be easily accessed as it is located only 8 km from the Almora town on the jagdeshwar town road. There are numerous buses, taxis and autos which ply on the site for the help of tourists. The nearest railway station is the Kathgodam railway Station and the nearest airport is at Pantnagar.
After the visit to Almora and Chitai temple, I went for a trek to the Gangotri temple in Uttarakhand.