Nanda Devi Mela
: Nanda Devi Temple (In Kumaon Region)
: Raja Kalyan Chand
: Goddesses Nanda & Sunanda
Nanda Devi Mela is a fair of great religious and cultural significance. It is held at
Nanda Devi Temple in September to commemorate the memory of goddesses,
Nanda and Sunanda.
It is said to have started in Kumaon, during the reign of Raja Kalyan
Chand in the 16th century.
Nanda means prosperity and well being. Nanda Devi Mela is held as a symbol of prosperity, both material and spiritual, of the hill regions.
The Nanda Devi Mela is held at Almora, Nainital, Nauti,
Dandidhara, Munsyari & Ranikhet, of which the Almora and Roopkund fairs are the most famous.
The Nanda Devi temple of Almora built during the reign of Raja Udhyot Chand, is the venue for the three day long Nanda Devi