Things to do in Chitkul
Mathi Temple is dedicated to ‘Mathi', the Goddess of the local people of Kinnaur. The complex in which the Mathi Temple is situated houses three other temples too. Among these, the oldest one is believed to be constructed by a resident of Garhwal around five hundred years ago. The temple has a special feature that is worth seeing. It houses an ark made of walnut wood, which is covered with clothes and a tuft of yak tail. The ark is carried around with the support of two poles inserted into it.
According to popular legend, Mathi, the wife of Lord Badrinath once started her journey from Brindavan via Mathura her final destination being Barua Khad. Some time later, she came to Garhwal via Sirmour and reached Sarhan in Bushahr. While going beyond Barua Khad, she found that the land was divided into seven parts. To protect these lands she appointed Narenas, her nephew and the local the deity of Shuang Village as the guard of the village. Later when she moved towards the Chasu Village, she again appointed Narenas as the guard, as he was also the local deity worshipped by the people of Chasu. Further, she visited Kamru Fort, where Badri Nath was appointed as the protector of the throne of Bushahr. In this process the goddess protected all seven regions of this valley. At long last she reached Chitkul and settled down in Mathi Temple. After her arrival at Chitkul, the village saw prosperous times. People grew food in plentiful and lived happy healthy lives.