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 History of Ranikhet

Ranikhet means ‘Queen’s Field’. According to a local legend it is named after Rani Padmini, wife of the 12 th -century king, Sudhar Deve. The queen in the course of a journey came here and was so enchanted and mesmerized by the beauty of the land that she decided to settle down here.

It wasn't Rani Padmini only who was enthralled by the grandeur of Ranikhet, but British as well. In the year 1869 the British troops selected it to be their cantonment, away from heat and dust in the tranquility of the land surrounded by pines and deodar.

Ranikhet is one of the oldest cantonments in the country. Traces of British history are still evident in the old British cemeteries and in the lovely houses facing the mountains.


 People

People of Ranikhet are very humble and welcoming for their guests. Once you start living in this hill town you realize that you’ve friends and friends all around. The Govt. has also allowed buying of 300 sqyd land for those who do not belong to Uttarakhand. Ranikhet has well maintained black top roads with basic transportation like Sumo/Bolero etc. always there for commuters.


 Culture

The culture of the present Kumaon is a blend of influences from the indigenous population as well as from the immigrants to this region. Consequently, the myths, dialects, languages, folk literature, festivals, fairs and forms of artistic expression are examples of the creative influences of the different cultural groups that constitute Kumaon.

Every peak, lake or mountain range is somehow or the other connected with some myth or the name of a God or Goddess, ranging from those associated with the Shaiva, Shakta and Vaishnava traditions, to local Gods like Ham, Saim, Golla, Chhurmal, Kail Bisht, Bholanath, Gangnath, Airy and Chaumu. Temples are dedicated to the nine famous Goddesses, other local Goddesses, Bhairava, Surya:. and Ganesh. The temples at Jageshwar, Bageshwar, Binsar, Thalkedar, Rameshwar, Pancheshwar, Baijnath and Gananath are devoted to Lord Shiva. The temples of Devidhura, Gangolihat, Pumagiri, Almora, Nainital, Kot Ki Mai and Kotgari Devi are associated with the Shakt tradition, while the region of Lohaghat - Champawat (Mount Kandeo) is associated with Kunna Avatar. This region also has two famous Sun temples.

According to Atkinson there were 35 Vaishnava and 250 Shaiva temples in British Kumaon. Eight Vaishnava and 64 Shaiva temples were dedicated to the Shakti or female form alone.

Although Lord Shiva's influence prevailed throughout Kumaon, mainly because of its proximity to the region of Panchkedars and Kailash - Mansarovar, this did not in any way hamper the influence of the local folk Gods and Goddesses. Although the tales of Nanda Devi and Naina Devi have now been linked together, they began as two different stories.


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