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Uttarakhand Renames Joshimath to Jyotirmath, Kosiyakutoli as Kainchi Dham

An official statement confirms that the Centre has granted approval to the Uttarakhand government’s proposal, spearheaded by Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, to rename Joshimath tehsil in Chamoli district as Jyotirmath, and Kosiyakutoli tehsil in Nainital district as Pargana Shri Kainchi Dham. This decision comes following persistent requests from local residents, emphasizing the historical and spiritual importance of Joshimath.

It is believed that the area was originally called Jyotirmath after Adi Guru Shankaracharya visited it in the 8th century to perform penance under the Amar Kalpa tree and attained enlightenment (Divya Gyan Jyoti). However, over time, it became popular as Joshimath.

According to the state government statement, Kosiyakutoli in Nainital will now be known as Pargana Shri Kainchi Dham tehsil, after Baba Neem Karoli Maharaj’s ashram.

Local residents and devotees of Baba Neem Karori Maharaj expressed their gratitude to CM Dhami, the statement added.

Dhami had proposed the renaming of Kosiyakutoli tehsil to Kainchi Dham during the Kainchi Dham temple’s foundation day celebrations on June 15 last year.
(Source: The Indian Express)

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