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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious sites in Ranikhet?

Kirat S DEC 10 2012
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Answer: Spirituality and devotion is almost second nature to the people in India. Wherever you go, you'll find any number of shrines, either inside a magnificent structure or a modest place of worship. Whatever it is, you'll never feel too far from the almighty. Ranikhet is no different in this aspect and has its own group of beautiful temples to its credit. Largely Hindu, the Kumaoni culture surrounds around the worship of gods and goddesses who protect and look over the community. Here's a list of the few popular temples in and around Ranikhet which might fill in those blanks in your itinerary:

  • Katarmal

    Dating back 800 years, this ancient temple is the second most important one to be dedicated to the god of Sun, second only to the Sun Temple in Konark. The temple area consists of 45 smaller shrines surrounding one main one, all constructed with intricate carvings and engravings. Situated about 25 km from Ranikhet in the Almora region, it stands tall amidst ruins, which only add to its ancient, rustic charm. You would need to hire a cab to reach this beautiful cluster of temples from Ranikhet.

  • Jhula Devi Temple

    This famous 8th century temple is quite popular among tourists and locals alike. The main deity of this temple, Goddess Durga, is believed to fulfill all wishes of her devotees once they visit this temple. The most striking feature of this temple is of course the clusters of charming bells that can be found hung from threads outside the main shrine, and when they ring, can be heard even from a distance. The nearby Ram Temple is also quite famous among devotees and both these temples lie within Ranikhet itself.

  • Mankameshwar Temple

    Resurrected from the ashes in 1978 by the Kumaon Regiment, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a popular temple for locals. The temple is particularly popular during the months of Sawan, according to the Hindu calendar. Unmarried girls keep fasts during this time and pray for a happy married life. Other deities who are housed in the main shrine include Radha-Krishna and Goddess Kalika, completing the picture with the distant hills and misty breeze.

Come out feeling transformed and rejuvenated, like you've just experienced a beautiful epiphany. God is now only a small trek away!

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