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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious attractions in Almora?

Manish Kumar DEC 10 2012
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You might wonder what is amazing about the religious attractions? Well, it is how they carry the extravaganza of heritage, history and rich culture plugged in with devotion seeped well into their walls. That’s exactly how the religious attractions in Almora can be characterised. They are grand, they are beautiful and they carry so much of the glorious history of the place that they become one of the few things that anyone while on a trip to Indore cannot miss. Excited to know more? Then, read on.

  • Chitai Temple

    This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva who is loving called as Lord Gollu in Almora is one of the most famous temples in this hill station. The temple acts a landmark in the town because of its age and historical relevance. It is said that the temple was constructed by a general of the Chand Dynasty. The temple finds its place as a priority in a traveller’s list if he has slightest hints of religious inclination. The temple is believed to be a wish-fulfiller among the locals and hence this belief has travelled to the travellers as well. The premises are characterised by thousands of hanging metal bells which are hung by people who come here with a wish in their hearts. The temple is a treat as it also offers some of the spectacular views of the town.

  • Kasar Devi Temple

    Another landmark for showcasing the religious spirit of the town, Kasar Devi Temple is located around 5 km away from the centre of the town. Situated on a hilltop, the temple, which dates back to the 2nd century, offers you with spellbinding views of the beautiful Hawabagh Valley. The temple has a lot of relevance as far as the religious beliefs are concerned. If not for the devotion, come here to explore the natural beauty of the place which makes it an ideal picnic spot. The temple is also accessible on foot from Kalimath Town which is only a kilometre away.

  • Katarmal Sun Temple

    This one is interesting! The Katarmal Sun temple located near Almora is the second most important sun temple in the country after the Konark Temple in Orissa. The temple which is around 800 years old, is accentuated by a main temple complex along with 45 smaller shrines which is simply grand, isn’t it? The temple currently does not enjoy the best condition but is still a major attraction for anyone travelling to Almora. The temple in the state of ruins is known for its unique architectural styling and intricate carved designs on the walls and pillars. Every day, dozens of visitors come here to pray to the God of Sun, who is believed to be the parser of energy for the entire universe. Explore this temple with a flat footwear for the sake of your delicate feet.

  • Methodist Church

    Clock Tower that essentially is a stone-built Methodist Church was built in 1897 as a memorial to Reverend Budden, who is said to have preached in the beautiful Kumaon Hills for 40 years. Today, it is known for its beautiful interiors and services which are attended by several of the locals and tourists alike. The Church is also known for the beautiful garden in the back which makes it a visual treat as well.

Also, a very famous temple, Binsar Temple is a must visit if you are on a religious exploration spree. It is located 8 km away from the centre of the town. The temple gives away some of the most enthralling views of the town which makes it like a chartbuster on any traveller’s list.

Phew! Now its going to be difficult to decide which one you want to visit first, right? Don’t worry, choose any. They will charm you alike. Trust me on that.

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