Gairsain (News Trust of India) : In the spiritual realm of Ayodhya, the highly anticipated Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha event took place today, marking the beginning of a prosperous period following a five-century gap. The country is deeply moved by the spiritual atmosphere, showing great respect for the life and importance of the respected Ram Lalla deity in Ayodhya. At the same time, the strong bond between Lord Shri Ram and the hilly area of Uttarakhand becomes apparent, with one particular shrine located in the middle Himalayan region of Chamoli.
The Ramnali temple is located in Kalimati village, which is only 4 km away from Diwalikhal and around 6 km away from Gairsain Bazar. It is situated in the eastern part of the Dudhatauli mountain ranges, popularly known as the Pamirs of Uttarakhand.
According to the legend, when Lord Rama, Sita, and Lakshman were traveling in Uttarakhand, Sita became thirsty at this same location. Without a water supply, Sita Mata suffered from dehydration. In a moment of divine intervention, Shriram Chandra ji shot an arrow towards the dry brook nearby. Amazingly, water flowed out, and Sita’s dry thirst found comfort. After that heavenly event, this area has been named Ramnali, and the small water reservoir is called Sita Kund.
The Ramnali temple performs religious rituals during important ceremonies. Ramnali, named as Ramganga, is near to the Diwali donkey, only 500 meters distant. Meandering 20 kilometers from Mehalchauri and Maithan regions of Gairsain development block, Ramganga passes through Chaukutia in Almora district.
This river, en route to Ramnagar town in Nainital district, serves as the reservoir for the gigantic Kalagarh Dam, made from stone and mud. Subsequently, it connects into the Ganges at Garhganga in Uttar Pradesh. The indigenous people has consecrated ancient idols of Ram, Lakshman, Sita, and Hanuman ji within the precincts of the Ramnali temple. Commemorative festivities ensue on events such as Ram Navami, Hanuman Jayanti, Chaitra Navaratri, and several other religious jubilations.