Golu Devata, Almora, Uttarakhand
Golu Devta or Lord Golu is the legendary God of the Kumaun and eastern Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state of India and is their deity (predominantly Kumaon). In eastern Garhwal, he is worshipped as Goril Devta.
The Chitai Golu Devta temple is the most celebrated temple dedicated to the deity and is about 4 km (2.5 mi) from the main gate of Binsar wildlife sanctuary & about 10 km (6.2 mi) from Almora.
Golu dev used to travel far distances on his horse and used to meet people of his kingdom, Golu Darbar used to take place and Golu Dev used to hear the problems of the people and help them in any way possible, he had a special place for people in his heart and he was always ready to help them, due to his complete dedication to people, he led a very simple life and lived his life on the principles of brahmacharya.
Golu dev still meet with his people and in many villages the practice of Golu darbar is still prevalent, where Golu dev appear in front of people and listen to their problem and help people in every way possible, the most common form of Golu Dev Darbar these days is Jagar.
Golu Dev always had a special place for his White horse in his heart, he still do love his horse. So it is believed by many that he still travels on the back of his horse .
He is the god of justice and he serves it well. That is why people worship him as The God of Justice “Jai Nyay Devta Golu apki Jai ho”
Legend / Local stories
There is a special reverence for the goddess of Uttrakhand, it is the god worshiped in the house-house. In the Kumayun Mandal of Uttarakhand, there are three main temples in Champawat, Chaiti and Ghodakal and in Pauri Garhwal, one of their temples is named after Kandolia Deity. Temple of Goddess Gulau is also required in every village in Kumaun Mandal and in such a house. It is mentioned in the history that Golu devta has been a fair king of Uttarakhand, people in their court come to the hope of justice and after getting proper justice they went back to glorifying Golu Raja. Their nobility put them in the hearts of people and people started worshiping them, as a result, today Golu Devta is worshiped with respect in the house-house.
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