History: Jaunpur is part of the Tehri Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. Jaunpuris have a long and old tradition of food, clothes, language and culture. The Jaunpuris are known to welcome guests and treat them really well. They are known to have small and big festivals throughout the year. The Jaunpuris are famous for their local dances (raansu, tandi).
Village Kinsu's cow used to put its milk at the shivling. People used to wonder where the milk is going in the morning and evening. The cow's owner hit the cow and it ran away to the Mandir. The man took his axe and hit the shivling and broke it. The axe bounced back and hit his head and got fixed there. The man walked back with the axe in his head and on removing the axe from his head at night, he died on the spot.
People felt Lord Shiva was angry and decided to make a Mandir. Lord Shiva again appeared in another dream. Lord Shiva said that temple will be built as well as my doli. The doli will go to all villages other than village Kinsu. If it goes to Kinsu, then the village will face destruction. Nature's wrath will befall the village.
Hence a temple was built here. The miracle-Baikal ki jhadi: grows locally. Normally a bush, but here it grew into a tree with 60 wood pieces. These pieces were used to make the important parts of the temples including the entrance, and the location where the idol was placed. The rest of the temple used deodar in its construction. The yellow tilak used in the Mandir is from deodar's flowers.
The temple's other woodwork, which had rotted was refurbished in 2014.
One year the festival (Kaalratri festival held in September, attended by 12-15000 people every year) is held at Bangseel and the other year at Devalsari. Food for the festival for Devalsari is managed by Pujaldi gaon and at Bangseel by the same village folks.In Jaunpur, most temples are Nag Devta, but Devalsari has the temple of Lord Shiva.
Baisakhi: Baisakhi is celebrated from on 14 April. For a whole month from 15 March to 15 April, every morning, the youngest member of every family offers flowers at the village temple. The flowers offered are native to the area, and the offering of flowers is also used to spread the message of nature conservation.
Shiva Festival: This festival is celebrated in September every alternate year at Devalsari and Bangsil temples. Nine days of prayers take place. Daily, prayers are offered four times during the day accompanied by local instruments such as the dhol (drum), shank (sea shell) and ghanti (bell). On the eighth night, festivities continue the whole night along with food, music, dance and plays on the Pandavas. During the Shiva festival, the palki goes to four different villages-Pujaldi, Bangseel, Theek and Tewa.
Dubadi festival: Local women tie rakhi to corn plants in order to wish their brothers a long life. This festival is also associated with nature conservation and protection of local crops and associated biodiversity.