Thursday, 24 November 2011

Gwal Devta (Goril) temple

Gwal Devta Temple is located at Gwarail Chaurah. A deity of widespread faith and influence, Gwal Devta also known as Goril or Goll, is considered to be the presiding deity of justice. It is believed that when approached, Gwal Devta dispenses justice to a helpless victim of injustice and cruelty. Historically, Goril a Katyuric prince of Champawat, known for his unwavering justice and fair play, was himself a victim of planned conspiracy hatched up by his step mother, who had  thrown him into a river, locked up in an iron cage. Held in high esteem as a symbol of justice, a temple was dedicated to him at Gwarail Chaur at in Champawat and ever since he has grown into a deity of great influence attracting innumerable pilgrims around him. As per a story, Harish Chandra was a famous king of Champawat, who after his death, was worshipped as the folk god 'Haru'. Haru's mother's name was Kainer and he is said to be Gwall's maternal uncle. A large number of devotees visit this temple throughout the year.

Climate | When To Visit

The months of March to June and mid-September to October are ideal for visiting Pithoragarh, while July to early September is the rainy season. Light woolens and rain protection is needed in summer, while heavy woolens are called for in winter.
Visit During: March to June

Directions | How To Reach

By Air: The nearest airport for Pithoragarh is at Naini Saini (5 kms). However, the nearest operational airport is at Pantnagar, Udham Singh Nagar.
By Rail: The nearest rail head is at Tanakpur (151 kms).
By Road: Pithoragarh is well connected by road with important towns of the region and other states as well.


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