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Chhipla Jaat

Chhipla Jaat is held once in three years on Bhado Purnmasi in Uttaranchal. It is an occasion wherein the people of the villages of Dharchula and Gorikhal regions reach Kedardwe and Najurikote to undertake a 5 day barefoot journey through thick forests and rocky lands to Chhipla Kedar near Chhiplakot.

The principal journey starts from Khela village near Twaghat and is accompanied by folk drums and metallic pipe instruments. A flag bearing pieces of red cloth collected from all the families of the villages is also carried on this journey.

The Jaat first leaves for Barmano, which is about 6 km from Khela. On the second day, the journey passes through thick oak forest crossing Bunga, Garapani, Mangthil gwar, Ganbhujdhura and reaching Brahmkund. At this point a glimpse of Chaudans region and the peaks of West Nepal can be seen. The Udiyar (cave) of Brahmkund is used for stay. It accommodates 100 people. On the third day, the route is on the back of Najurikote, which is full of buggi grass and brahmkamals. Sacred dips in the Kedardwe pond are taken and worship is done. The yatris have to go back to Brahmkund for the night stay. The total trekking distance is about 35 km for this one day. The fourth day begins after seeing Jyulital and Patojkund to reach Bhaimankund. The yatris can stay at this cave for the night. The fourth day yatra covers 16 km. The fifth day journey ends at Baram in Gori valley after worshipping at the Kanar devi temple.

Updated on 22nd September, 2015
District: Pithoragarh

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