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Portals of Latu Devta in Uttarakhand opened for devotees

The doors of Latu Devta, at Wan village in Chamoli district, opened for devotees on Wednesday.

dehradun Updated: May 10, 2017 20:30 IST
Arvind Moudgil
Women dancing and singing outside the Latu Devta temple on the opening day.
Women dancing and singing outside the Latu Devta temple on the opening day.(HT File Photo.)

The doors of Latu Devta, at Wan village in Chamoli district, opened for devotees on Wednesday.

Even though Deval block, where the temple is the situation, received heavy rains with hailstorm on Tuesday and damaged standing crops in Wan and Kuling villages, devotees in large number flocked to the temple to pay obeisance to the deity on Wednesday. Men and women from Wan, Kuling, Lohajung, Nandkesri, Thrali, Deval, Ghes, Balan, Kanol and other adjoining villages came to the temple on the opening day and made a human chain outside the temple and prayed to Latu Devta.

According to legends, Latu Devta is deity Nanda Devi’s adopted brother and escorts her palanquin from Wan to Homkund in the higher Himalayas during the Rajjat (Royal journey) every 12 years.

What’s unique about the temple, situated at the height of 8,200 feet, is that nobody is allowed inside the temple and even the priest enters the temple blindfolded to light the lamp, said Kheem Singh, the priest. Devotees offer prayers from a distance.

However, Satpal Maharaj, minister for tourism, who was scheduled to come on the opening day, could not make it but Magan Lal Shah, the MLA of the area, was present at the temple.