Golu Devta is the legendary mythological and historical god of Kumaon and the eastern region of Garhwal in Uttarakhand. East of Garhwal, he is revered as Goril Devta.
The temple of Chitai is dedicated to Golu Devta. He is one of the most revered deities in the Kumaon area. The temple is located in Almora and is one of the popular temples of Lord Golu. Other famous Golu Devta temples are in Ghorakhal and Champawat. Lord Golu is considered the god of justice. Every day, hundreds of believers send their wishes on paper (sometimes on seal paper) to their temple. They are firmly convinced that the Lord of Justice will accept all requests formulated with a clear conscience. When the wishes are fulfilled, the devotees express their happiness and gratitude by attaching bells around the temple facilities.
The temple looks different and extraordinary with the presence of many bells of all sizes. The sanctuary of Lord Golu is located in a position from where you can have incredible views of the Himalayas. It is an inescapable place that would present to the visitor a different type of religious practice and devotion. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular tourist attraction in Almora and is only 25 km from the Chitai Temple.
A reference point in Almora, about 6 km from Almora, is dedicated to the local god, Golju. The Chitai Temple has the presiding deity Lord Shiva, who is called here Lord Gollu. The inhabitants of the city have a lot of faith in this temple at the top of a hill. They often come there with offerings.
The story says that the temple was built in the 12th century by a general belonging to the Chand dynasty. It has gained popularity over the centuries to prove that it was useful to all who visited this temple. Golu Devta was a divinized general of the Chand dynasty that once ruled Almora.
The legend says that Golu Devta was killed by the king of Binsar because of a false question, and was beheaded by the king and his body fell in Gairad to Dana Golu and his head fell in Kaparkhan, near the ‘current Binsar, a few kilometers from Almora. In Dana Golu is the oldest and oldest temple in Golu Devta. The most popular story of Golu speaks of a local king who, while hunting, sent his servants to fetch water. The servants disturbed a woman who was praying. The woman, in an attack of rage, made fun of the king that he could not separate two fighting bulls and proceeded himself. The king was very impressed by this action and married the lady. When this queen had a son, the other queens, who were jealous of him, they placed a stone in place and the child in a cage and put the cage in the river. The boy was raised by a fisherman. When the boy grew up, he took a wooden horse in the river and, when questioned by the queen, said that if women can give birth to the stone, wooden horses can drink from the water. When the king learned this, he punished the guilty queens and crowned the boy, who became known as Golu devta.
Golu Devta is seen in the form of Lord Shiva, his brother Kalva Devta how Bhairava and Devi Garh is in the form of Shakti. Golu Devta is also prayed as a key deity (Ista / Kula Devta) in many villages in the Kumaon and Garhwal areas of Uttarakhand. Usually held Pooja pooja three days or 9 days to worship Lord Golu Devta, also known as Goreel Devta in the district of Chamoli. Golu Devta is offered Ghee, Milk, Curd, Halwa, Poori, Pakauri and sacrificed goat’s head. The sacrifice of two male goats (Bali) is performed. Favorite black color One in the temple of Golu deva and the other in a remote place. The sacrificed goat is received as Prasada de pooja. Golu Devta is known as the god of justice and prayed with great pride and enthusiasm. Golu Devta is offered with white fabrics, white paddle and white shaal.
Devotees, in turn, offer bells and sacrifice animals after fulfilling their wishes. You can see thousands of bells of all sizes hanging at temple facilities. Many faithful make numerous written requests daily, which are received by the temple.
Chitai Temple with its unique collection of bronze bells of all sizes, donated to the temple by the faithful for centuries.
The temple is characterized by the large number of bells hanging in the premises. These bells are hung by devotees as offerings to make a vow or thanksgiving in fulfillment of their desire. It is an important religious attraction on the tourist map. It is the most sacred temple for the inhabitants of Almora and the neighboring villages. The walls of the temple are covered by judicial documents by those who have not been tried by the courts. Around the temple bells hang thousands that were given by those whose wishes were fulfilled.
One of these rituals is that devotees make demands in the temple, using the stamp documents, to find the desired litigation decree. In the fulfillment of his desire, the deity shows gratitude by hanging bells or making animal sacrifices. Goat sacrifices to the deity who was, at one time, a kind of court, which decided several ways received from the troubled people of the region are proposed.