Nanda Devi Fair

Cultural in Almora

During this five-day fair, thousands of devotees parade the image of the goddess around and watch dancing and other cultural shows. The ritual slaughtering of a male buffalo at the fair's culmination was suspended in recent years due to controversy over the practice, though it still goes on in more remote Kumaoni villages.

The buffalo represents the demon who took that form and attacked the goddess Nanda and her sister, Sunanda.