Uttarakhand – A Diversity of Hindi Literature, Dance, and Temples
Uttarakhand is a place in mountains of North India and one of the popular states of the country. It is known for its worship destinations, natures beauty, food, dances, music, Hindi literature, and festivals as well. I have been in Uttarakhand from some time. It is most visited beauty site where you can explore the beauty of greenery and mountains as well.The things you can do in Uttarakhand are mentioned in the later part of this article.
Uttarakhand is a diverse state where various local languages are spoken. They include Bhoti, Jaunsari, Garhwali, Kumaoni, and Hindi. Many prominent literary figures like Jnanpith awardee Sumitranandan Pant, Sahitya Akademi awardee Manglesh Dabral, B.M. Shah, Sangeet Akademi Awardee Mohan Upreti, Shivani, Shailesh Matiyani, Shekhar
Joshi, Prasoon Joshi, Manohar Shyam Joshi and Ganga Prasad Vimal have contributed their work in the field of Hindi literature.
Dance and Music
In the field of dance, Uttarakhand is well-known for its classical movements. Langvir Nritya, Barada Nati, Chholiya, Chauphula, Jamaica, Jhora-Chachi and Hurka Baul to name few. As far as music is concerned, the state has popular folk songs including Chhopati, Khuded, Basanti, and Mangal. And these songs are played on instruments
including Mashakbaja, Mandan, Bhankora, Thali, Daur, Dholki, Ransingha, Turri, Damau, and Dhol.
Wood carving is one of the prominent local crafts that appears most frequently decorated on the walls of famous temples.The state famous designs of deities, floral patterns, and geometrical motifs are used to decorate the walls, ceilings, windows, and doors of a house.
As far as food is concerned, vegetables grown on the Himalayas are primary foods of Uttarakhand, although non-vegetarian food is also served. Tomatoes, milk-based products, mustard oil, desi ghee, and kadhi are the main food items. And bal mithai is its popular fudge-like sweet.
Kumbh Mela is one of the major and popular Hindu pilgrimages that take place in Uttarakhand. Haridwar is one of the four places where this Hindu event is organized. As there is a myth among Hindu pilgrimages that taking the holy dip in a river flowing in Haridwar is good for apologizing on wrongdoings in front of God, so there are many festivals on which this activity is taken place. These include Phul Dei, Vat Savitri, Khatarua, Ghee Sankranti, Makar Sankranti, Vasant Panchmi and Ganga Dashehera. In addition to the culture of Uttarakhand, many fairs like Kandali festival, Kanwar Yatra, Harela mela and Ramman take place in the state. So, if you haven’t been in Uttarakhand till now, you must visit the state for exploring temples, Hindi literature, dance, music, and food at one place.