Uttarakhand is best known for its natural beauty, with panoramic views of the snow capped mountains, babbling brooks and hidden waterfalls and lush green forests of pines and deodars. But it also has a rich cultural heritage which is largely forgotten. Take one small district in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand- Pauri. This town itself celebrates at least 17 different festivals and fairs in the year. Take the famous Kauthig festival celebrated year on year between April 13-14. This festival celebrates Lord Krishna, who has said to have visited this area as a snake and crawled all the way to the spot where the famous Shri Daanda Nagraja Temple stands till today. Deities agree that Krishna still resides at this spot and fulfils their wishes. If you visit this temple, you will see hundreds and thousands of bells tied to the premises by deities whose wishes have been fulfilled. Kauthig is so famous that since 2008, it is celebrated in different parts of the country within Uttarakhand communities. For instance, a Kauthig festival is organised in Mumbai every year attracting hundreds of artists from Uttarkhand to perform local arts, dances and workshops.
Another famous festival is Mundneshwar Ka Mela, celebrated at Khairaling Mahadev temple located near the Nagraja temple. The festival pays homage to Lord Shiva and the temple itself is as old as the 8th century era offering beautiful views of the Himalayan peaks. One more event organised around Lord Shiva is the Tapakeshwar Fair. Tapakeshwar is a legendary place where Lord Shiva’s temple is located in a cave. According to folklore, this place was the home of Guru Dronacharya who lived here with his family. It was here that his son Ashwathama was born. One day, when young Ashwathama was crying for milk the helpless Guru who was very poor advised him to pray to Lord Shiva to bless him. Ashwathama did so. Pleased with the young boy&39;s dedication and penance, Lord Shiva appeared before him and fulfilled his wish. Several other fairs are organised in Pauri –Garhwal such as the Kyunkaleshwar Fair, Gindi Mela, Hariyali Devi Fair etc. In fact, one might argue that each of the prominent temples in and around the region have one dedicated fair in the year that attracts locals as well as foreigners alike.
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So the next time one wants to visit Pauri, try and club it with one of the major festivals there. See the locals perform their arts, listen to their stories of a bygone era and you will feel as if you stepped back in time. For the town is still beautiful, uncorrupted by urbanism, with gorgeous vistas and forgotten folklore.