“It is always the same with mountains. Once you have lived with them for any length of time, you belong to them. There is no escape.” Every time I read these lines from Ruskin Bond it reminds me of my childhood and makes me believe that my craving of visiting the hills is conventional.
Uttrakhand, also known as Devbhoomi boasts of its saints, temples and deities residing in every corner. 1 hour drive from my hometown Haldwani, nestled amidst Kumaon Hills is the temple of Ghorakhal. The deity "Golju” who is worshipped here is also known as "Isht devta of the region' and is very popular as the God of Justice. According to the various folklore, Golju is common man's God and has always been related to do justice in his region. He is also seen as an incarnation of Shiva. The Ghorakhal temple is one among his various temples spread in the Kumaon region. One can also notice thousands of bells in the temple which are a symbol of prayers being answered here. As they say, who so ever get their wishes fulfilled show their gratitude to the almighty by offering a bell at the temple. The other noticeable temples of Golju in the region are at Almora (Chitayi) & Champavat.