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Gwal Devta

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A deity of widespread faith and influence, Gwal Devta also known as Goril or Goll, is considered to be the presiding deity of justice. It is believed that when approached, Gwal Devta dispenses justice to a helpless victim of injustice and cruelty. Historically, Goril a Katyuric prince of Champawat, known for his unwavering justice and fair play, was himself a victim of planned conspiracy hatched up by his step mother, who had thrown him into a river, locked up in an iron cage. Held in high esteem as a symbol of justice, a temple was dedicated to him at Gwarail Chaur at in Champawat and ever since he has grown into a deity of great influence attracting innumerable pilgrims around him. As per a story, Harish Chandra was a famous king of Champawat, who after his death, was worshipped as the folk god 'Haru'. Haru's mother's name was Kainer and he is said to be Gwall's maternal uncle.

The very first story of his first book (Man Eaters of Kumaon) is related to Champawat.

General Information

•Season :Round the year

•Clothing Summer: light Woolens or cotton, Winter: Heavy Woolens

•Language: Kumaoni, Hindi and English

•Local Transport : Jeeps/Taxis/Ponies/Dandi

•Area : 5 Sq. kms.