The Chitai Golu Devta temple is about 4 km (2.5 mi) from the main gate of Binsar wildlife sanctuary & about 10 km (6.2 mi) from Almora. Golu Devta or Lord Golu is the legendary God of Justice of the Kumaun and eastern Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. There are many temples of Golu Devata in Kumaun, and the most popular are at Chitai, and Ghorakhal, It is popular belief that Golu Devta dispenses quick justice to the devotee. Golu Devta is famously regarded as God of Justice. Maximum devotees worship the deity and ask for the justice on behalf of the injustice have been done to them or with their family. People believes that God asks for in propitiation is a bell, as is evident from the thousands of bells strung across the temple premises. Anyone can even seek Golu Devta divine intervention by writing to him. Stacks of letter are pinned all over the temple along with bells.
On our way back, we halted at the Chitai Golu Devta Mandir. This temple is dedicated to Golu Devta or Lord Golu who is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva in the face of Gaur Bhairav. The worship of Golu Devta is predominant in the Kumaon and the Eastern Garhwal Region of the holy state of Uttarakhand where He is prayed as the key deity (Ista / Kula Devta). This temple is at a distance of 9 kms from Almora. There are several Golu Devta temples in Kumaon region but the most famous are at Chitai, Champawat, Ghorakhal, and Gairad (Binsar). The visit to this temple overwhelmed me with a concoction of emotions to see people attach the paper containing their handwritten wishes on the temple walls, pillars, boundaries, and almost everywhere. They also tied bells of all sizes as a gift to the deity.Tip: Keep the Prasad and your other belongings very carefull at the Golu Devta Mandir as you will encounter lot of monkeys who wait for the perfect opportunity to snatch your stuffs.
Early morning, I left for Chitai Golu Devta that is located at a distance of 8 km from Almora. This Temple is dedicated to Goljyu Devta, who is believed to be one of the avatars of Lord Shiva.The temple is loaded with numerous bells and letters. Yes, letters! It is believed that if you write a letter with all your wishes and problem, the deity is surely going to fulfill all the hopes of the worshiper.