Monday, October 1, 2018

Pilgrimage sites in kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Religious places in Uttarkhand, famous temples of kumaon uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is the land of gods, there are many temples and sacred places in both the regions of Uttarakhand, whether Kumaon or Garhwal. Here, in this post I will discuss about the prominent temples of Uttarakhand's Kumaon region that are worth visiting.
I have compiled a list of prominent temples of Kumaon region, which should not be missed by the pilgrims or devotees who come for the Kumaon's pilgrim or religious tour.

We also provide Pilgrim tour packages for the Uttarakhand's kumaon region.








                           Bagnath temple, BAGESHWAR

At the heart of the holy town of Bageshwar lies the ancient temple of Lord Shiva that attracts devotees from around the country during the occasion of Shiva Ratri.
The Baganath temple is actually the most famous religious place from where the city has got its name. It is situated at the confluence point of  two sacred rivers named Gomti and Saryu.
Bagnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and this is the place where he used to meditate. It is an ancient temple constructed in 1450 by King Lakshmi Chand of Kumaon. The best time to visit here is Shivratri. During this, devotees arrive from distant places for sanctifying the Lord Shiva.
The literal meaning of Baghnath is the Master of Tiger. As Lord Shiva is believed to be seated on a tiger skin, he is also known as Baghnath. 















                               JAGESHWAR DHAM, ALMORA

Jageshwar Temple is a conglomeration of a number of large and small temples and one of the Swayambhu (Jyotir Linga) Lingas found in India.

It is a 2500 years old temple complex nestled amidst spectacular scenic vistas of the Himalayas

and is an ideal retreat to unwind, rejuvenate and seek solace. The temple is a beautiful example of sheer architectural grandeur and

houses other temples dedicated to Surya, Mritunjay Mahadev, Nau Durga, Chandika, Nav Graha and other Hindu deities.

The complex comprises of 124 temples, hundreds of statues and the famous Swayambhu Linga named Nagesh. 
















Haat kalika temple Gangolihat



          
                             Haat kalika temple, Gangolihat

Haat (hat) Kalika or Mahakali temple is a very ancient temple, situated on a mountain that is called ' Shail parvat - शैल पर्वत ' the temple is believed to have chosen by Adi Guru Shankaracharya for establishing the Mahakali Shakti peeth

in the 9th Century. This Haat Kalika Shakti peeth's history dates back to more than thousand years old and is an important pilgrimage site among Indians especially for the Bengali people and the people of Uttarakhand.

The pilgrimage is one of the most famous pilgrimages situated in Uttarakhand. According to popular belief, during ancient time after being defeated from Shumbh the deities came to Shail parvat they eulogized the goddesss to get rid of the vices of the demons.

Being pleased by the devotion Goddess Durga took the form of Mahakali and killed the demon "Shumbh". The deities worshipped this furious form of Mahakali at this place, since then this place is famous as the Mahakali Shakti peeth. When patriarch Shankaracharya

was travelling from Pashupatinath to Kedarnath, he came to this Shakti peeth and worshipped 'Mahakali'. The famous Haat Kalika Mela (fair) is organised at this place, visitors come from far flung places to offer prayers to 'Mahakali'.

This temple is of high importance for the India Armed Forces' Kumaon Regiment as well. Goddess Mahakali is designated deity of Kumaon Regiment. Insignias of Kumaon regiment and glorious sagas of Kumaon regiment can be seen written at the temple premises.
















Chitai Golu Devta temple, Almora


                                            Chitai Golu devta temple, Almora


Golu Deity or God Golu is the famous mythological god of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state. Originally Golu Deity is considered as the incarnation of ​​Shiva.



Golu devta is prayed as key god (isht dev) by most of the peoples in whole Uttarakhand.

Golu devta is known as God of Justice among the people of Uttarakhand but to seek justice from Golu devta you have to write a letter to Golu Deity. Yes, you heard it right.



So far, you may have seen people praying in temples, but in the Almora and Nainital districts of Uttarakhand, to express your desire with the Golu Devta you have to send a letter, or write a letter and tie it in the temple premises.



Most of the people marry in Golu's temple as people believe marrying in front of Golu deity help them in having successful  after marriage life, that's why one invitation card is send to Golu deity as well.














About Baijnath 





                                     Baijnath Temple, Kausani



Baijnath temple- Baijnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is on the bank of river Gomti, situated at just 12 kilometres from the Kausani market. The area around the Baijnath is used to be the famous Katyur valley of ancient time. The Baijnath temple is said to be built by the Katyuri Kings in the 11th A.D.

This is a very nice place. On one side of Temple there is a flowing Gomti river and on the other side there is a Baijnath lake filled with colorful fishes. The centuries old Shiva temple is like a miracle in itself. The beautiful temple carved with rocks is still intact in its place since 11th A.D. The crowd is far away from this place.The panoramic view of Himalayas add flavours  to the beauty of this place.The temple has religious significance as well.

There are many temples of Golu Devata in Kumaun, and the most popular are at Chitai, Champawat and Ghorakhal. It is popular belief that Golu Devta dispenses quick justice to the devotee.

Devotees in turn offer bells and sacrifice animals after the fulfillment of their wishes. Thousands of bells of every size can be seen hanging over the temple premises. Many devotees file a lot of written petitions daily, which are received by the temple.

















Neem Karoli baba ashram, Kainchi Dham


                             Neem karoli baba ashram, 
                                    Kainchi (bhowali)



Kainchi is a beautiful secluded mountain ashram located in the Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand, situated at 20 kms away from The Lake City; Nainital. On an average Hundred of devotees visit Kainchi everyday.

Neem Karoli Baba was a big devotee of  Hanumanji.  Neem Karoli Baba built around 108 Hanuman temples in his life. Presently there are temples of Hanumanji built by Neem Karoli Maharaj in America's Texas as well.



Neem Karoli Baba, who has shown the right path to Facebook and Apple founders Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, represents the Indian heritage in western countries. For the blessings of Baba, who always wore a blanket, along with Indians renowned foreign celebrities also visit his Ashram.

















Tunnel to Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave


                            Entrance of Patal bhuvaneshwar cave and a note about Patal bhuvaneshwar cave

                   

                        Patal bhuvaneshwar, Gangolihat
Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a very ancient temple of Lord shiva situated inside the cave. It is situated at an elevation of 1653 metres above the sea level. The cave of Patal bhuvaneshwar is 160 m long and 90 m deep from the mouth of cave.

The entrance to  Patal bhuvaneshwar cave looks very compact and suffocated but believe me after entering the cave you will feel real fresh air inside and no suffocation at all.

I was amazed to see the figures of god and hindu deities carved naturally on the walls and rocks of the cave.



According to mythological perception this cave temple is primarily dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is also believed that there is a habitation of 33 crore deities inside the cave.



There is a beautiful view of Rajrambha, Nandadevi, Panchachuli and Nandakhat peaks from the Patal bhuvaneshwar.



The mysterious cave of Patal Bhuvaneshwar is believed to be as old as the Earth itself. There is a very narrow tunnel leads to this centuries old cave. Inside the cave there are complex structures of  rocks and carved images of  various gods can be seen. Almost every God that one would have heard of resides in this mysterious cave.

One can see a big rock similar to mythological character "Sheshnag" inside the cave holding Earth on its head. After going further one can see the rock inscribed "Kalp vraksh", "Airavat hathi" of Indra king, hairs of Lord Shiva.

There are 4 pillars inside the cave that depicts Kalyuga, Satyuga, Dwaparyuga, Tretayuga. The height of the pillar of Kalyuga above the floor is 3 feet above the surface. Acoording to Skanda Purana, when the Kalyuga's pillar will touch the above rock ( galaxy) then the Kalyuga will end. Right now, there is 1.5 feet distance between Kalyuga's pillar and galaxy rock.

There are internal caves as well inside this cave. It is also believed that the internal caves are connected to char dhams of India.



"He who wants to feel the presence of eternal power should come to the Sacred Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave situated near the confluence of Ramganga, Saryu and Gupt- Ganga" - Manaskhand, Skandapuran.













                                                   Dunagiri Temple, Ranikhet

Dunagiri temple is located in Dwarahat block of almora district in Uttarakhand. The temple is at a distance of 14 kms form dwarahat and one needs to walk

It is believed that the pandavas of Mahabharata took shelter at dunagiri and pandukholi is the place where they stayed for a period of time. According to the mythology Hanuman of Ramayana dropped some part of sanjivni buti when he was carrying a mountain to lanka. Himalayan peaks like chaukhamba, trishul, etc. can be seen from the place which attracts lots of tourist to this area.













By maneesh bhatt [CC BY-SA 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons


                                 Dol Ashram, Almora

Kalyanika Himalaya Devasthanam also known as Dol Ashram is located in Almora district of Uttarakhand state in India. This ashram is spread over 8 acres area which is situated in the middle of a dense forest on the path of Almora. Dol Ashram Almora is situated in a very peaceful environment.

The main aim of this ashram is that people could get a center of meditation, where they could awaken their conscience. That is why tourists from abroad come to this ashram for mental and spiritual peace. A 126-meter high temple has also been constructed in the Dol Ashram Almora. The world’s largest Shri Yantra (a form of a mystical design) is established in Dol Ashram Almora. The weight of this Shri Yantra is 1.5 tonnes, which was established in April 2018.







                           Mukteshwar Dham, Nainital


Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple is a sacred and mainly a Lord Shiva temple with other Hindu deities, located on a hilltop and about 5500 years old Mahadev Shiva Temple, it is a one of must visit Place in Nainital. Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple is established by Pandavas during the 12 years of forest life. The trek to the top is scenic and very beautiful. A long climb, deodar and pine trees make it just lovely walk. The Mukteshwar town gets its name from this ancient temple and the landscape view is very amazing.

Epic stated, Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple is one of the most important temple in the group of topmost 18 Lord Shiva temples around the world.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Kumaon Tourism- Kumaon tourist places, Places to Visit in Kumaon and Tourist places in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand state is divided into two unofficial regions, which are Kumaon and Garhwal.
Both the regions are full of tourist places, whether it is the region Garhwal or Kumaon.
But through this post, i would like to tell you the Tourist places in Uttarakhand's Kumaon region.
I have investigated and researched a lot to discover the places one should go in Uttarakhand's Kumaon for spending their weekends and holidays.
After a very thorough study, i have come to the conclusion that what are the "Best Tourist places in Kumaon region" and "Places worth visit in Kumaon, Uttarakhand ".

I have serialized the list of Best Kumaon tourist places according to their popularity and their distance from the nearest railhead of Kumaon region i.e., Kathgodam. The first being the closest to Kathgodam and last being the farthest.

Garud Tal in Nainital district



Naini lake 



1.Nainital

Nainital is one of the top 10 famous tourist destinations of Uttarakhand and Kumaon region. Its beauty and attraction attracts many tourists every year. Apart from Bhimtal, Sattal & Naukuchiatal, here are many famous places where one should must visit. These are Naina Devi Temple, Nainital Lake, Kainchi Dham, Governor House, Snow View Point, Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, Saria Tal and Khurpatal.
Like the Great Britain's Cumbrian Lake District, Nainital district is called Lake District of India. Like the Cumbrian Lake District, there are many lakes of fresh water like Bhimtal, Sattal, Khurpatal and Nakuchiatal in the entire Nainital district. The geographical conditions of Nainital and the climate are largely met with the Cumbrian Lake District of Great Britain, which was the main reason for the English people's attachment to Nainital.
The weather in Nainital is highly unpredictable, every prediction falls fail in case of Nainital.
 Nainital's weather is often compared with the weather of London. It often rains in one part of Nainital  and  sunny in the other.
Naina Peak, also called Cheena Peak, is the highest peak of Nainital. It is located at an elevation of 2611 meters above sea level, can be reached by horse riding or by walk as well. Tiffin Top or Dorothy Seat is a perfect picnic spot where tourists can spend their spare time with plenty of entertainment.
Eco-Cave-Garden is Nainital's second popular tourist attraction center that introduces visitors to the environmentally friendly lifestyle. Raj Bhavan, Zoo, Flats, Mall, St. John's Church, and Pangot are other tourist attractions of Nainital. The Thandi Sadak, the Gurney House, the Guano Hill and Aurobindo Ashram are also worth visiting. Apart from this, tourists can join various activities such as horse riding, trekking, and boating.



Haystacks of Kumaon



2.Ramgarh


Ramgarh is a  beautiful British established town of two parts – Talla Ramgarh & Malla Ramgarh with lovely architecture, situated at 25 kms from Nainital, Ramgarh is regarded as the fruit bowl of Kumaon. Mukteshwar is also situated at 25 kms from Nainital, Nainital-Ramgarh-Mukteshwar circuit is famous among travellers, who come for weekend trips in Nainital.
Orchards of Peaches, plums, pears, cherries, apricots, apples, walnuts, etc. are in plethora in Ramgarh. Ramgarh is leading supplier of these fruits across India, even as far as Mumbai. May- June are the best months to visit Ramgarh and see hanging plums, peaches on the branches.
Close to Ramgarh, there are the ruins of the place where Rabindranath Tagore wrote his epic ‘Gitanjali’ – it is locally known as Tagore Top.
Among other interesting places are a few ashrams like Madhuban- Aurobindo Ashram and Swami Narayan Ashram. Travelers can also go to the library in Ramgarh, which is dedicated to the famous writer born in Kumaon region, Mahadevi Verma.
There is also a forest estate in the vicinity of Ramgarh, (Mahesh khan) which can make for a fantastic holiday at the Forest Rest House.
Peaks like Trishul, Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Nanda devi, are visible from Malla Ramgarh. Infact, all major peaks of Kumaon Himalayas are visible from Malla Ramgarh.







Dense forests and beautiful landscape of Mukteshwar


3.Mukteshwar
There is a beautiful hill station in Nainital district of Uttarakhand's Kumaon region, situated at 45 kms from Nainital, this place is perched at an elevation of 7500 feet in the Kumaon hills. The amazingly natural beauty holding Mukteshwar attracts thousands of visitors every year. Natural scenes can be best scene from a landmark "Chauli ki jaali" there. This place is at such a height that the vultures can be seen taking flight from here .
Cedar forests, snow capped Kumaon peaks and wild beings like tiger and bear are seen spontaneously. The real beauty of Mukteshwar is in the nature itself, the wind flowing through cedar forests, rejuvenates the body and mind.
All the highest peaks of  Kumaon Himalayas  can be seen from Mukteshwar. Mukteshwar is also regarded as heaven for Bird watchers, Wildlife lovers and peace seekers.
There is a beautiful waterfall in Mukteshwar, that is "Bhalu Gaad waterfall" which attaracts a lot of tourists.
Apart from above mentioned things Mukteshwar is famous for Adventure activities like Valley crossing, Rappelling and Rock climbing as well.




View of  Nanda Ghunti, Trishul and Mrigthuni (left to right)


4.Ranikhet

The natural beauty that Ranikhet possess'  is rarely seen in other hill statons of Uttarakhand. Located at an elevation of 1800 to 2200 meters, Ranikhet, where the tourists are overwhelmed by its natural beauty, there is no dearth of religious tourism too. Ranikhet is also home to the Kumaon regiment of Indian Army.
The renowned Zoo Fruit Park, Natural Golf Ground, which has its prominent place in Asia, Binsar Mahadev temple of Lord Shiva are places one must visit in Ranikhet. Apart form these following places are of higher interest among the visitors of Ranikhet.

Bhalu Dam
Gifted with magnificent sights of the Himalayan Mountains, picturesque surroundings and pleasant enthralling serenity, Bhalu Dam is the idyllic vacation spot for tourists arriving from different parts of the world.

Jhula Devi Temple
Positioned in a tranquil and peaceful environment in close proximity to Ranikhet, Jhula Devi Temple is a very old temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. The shrine offers sight of the distant hills which is amazing and breathtaking. The main attraction of the temple is the grand groups of marvelously made bells which when rung are heard at a mile's distance.

Upat - Golf ground
Positioned on Almora road in Ranikhet, Upat is enclosed by emerald beauty and oak woods. The place allures lots of sport aficionados with its 9-hole golf course which is amongst the main golf courses of India. In addition to this, one can also visit an ancient kali temple located 1 km from Upat.
And so much more places to explore....................

Baijnath temple in Kausani
Anashakti Ashram














5.Kausani Spreading from east to west along  a narrow pine covered ridge, 52 km northwest of Almora at a height of 6000 ft., the village of Kausani has become a popular tourist spot since last few years. The reasons behind popularity of Kausani as a tourist spot are-  The relaxed atomosphere in Kausani that gives one the feeling of being in heaven and secondly the 300 km long panoramic view of major Himalayan peaks from Kausani. Kausani is among the best tourist places of Kumaon region and even Uttarakhand.


Kausani is a simple day trip from Almora, although it's worth staying overnight there because the view of Kumaon's and Garhwal's highest peaks are at their best at dusk and dawn. The major Himalayan peaks visible from Kausani are Trishul ( 7128m), Nanda devi and Nanda devi east ( 7850m and 7500 m respectively), Nanda Ghunti, Panchachuli peaks, Maiktoli and Kamet, etc.

The number of tourists are growing with every coming year in Kausani so the hotels and resorts too.


There are several ashrams in Kausani including one that once Gandhiji visited i.e., Anashakti ashram. Gandhiji walked here in 1929 and stayed in Kausani for twelve days. He wrote a book there in the Ashram, naming "Anashaktiyoga". Gandhiji loved the ambience and environment of  Kausani so much that he termed Kausani as "Mini Switzerland of India".
Kausani is also the birthplace of great poet "Mr.Sumitranandan Pant" aka "Kumaon ka Lal", first Hindi poet to receive prestigious Jnanpith award.

Kausani Tea Garden, 8th century constructed Baijnath temple, Gandhiji's Anashakti Ashram are some of the many places that are worth visiting in Kausani.



Birds at Binsar
6.Binsar Binsar is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary situated in the Kumaon hills of Almora District. Perched at an altitude of 2400 metres above the sea level, it is situated at a distance of 95 kms from the Lake city Nainital. Allegedly, Binsar used to be the summer capital of erstwhile Chand kings of Katyur valley (12 th century) of Kumaon. Binsar is famous for the spectacular 300 kms stretched view of the major Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nanda kot, etc.

Binasar is a wildlife sanctuary, where leopards are found, if luck is with you then you can spot this animal. Deer Cheetals are easily discoverable. More than 200 types of birds are found here, among them Monal is the most famous and also the state bird of Uttarakhand. I can assure that this place is no less than heaven, for those who love forests, wildlife and nature. As far as accommodation is concerned there are rest houses maintained by "Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam" .
View of Panchachuli peaks from Munsyari

7.Munsyari Munsyari is a beautiful hill station and is the frontier hill station of Uttarakhand, it is located on one side of the Tibet border and other side of the Nepal border. Munsyari is surrounded with hills from all sides, in the front there are Panchachuli peaks, on the left there are Nanda devi and Trishul parvat, on the right there is Dana Dhar and on the back side there is Khaliya top. Kathgodam, the distance between Kathgodam and Munsyari is 295 kms and 265 kms from Nainital. The journey from Kathgodam can be done through shared cabs or private cabs available from Kathgodam (we also provide).On the way from Kathgodam to Munsyari, the beautiful stations are as- Bhimtal, Bhowali, Almora city and Chitai temple are also on the way. On departure from Almora, there are Dhaulchina (Dhaulchinna), Seraghat, Ganai, Berinag and Chaukori. Berinag and Chaukori are quite famous for their beauty. Although the weather in Munsyari is pleasant throughout the year, but it is at its best from April to May and September to November.
In the spring, the greenery here in the Khaliya top and other Bugyals is worth seeing. There is a lot of rain in June and July, which sometimes blocks the road. November to February is the best time regarding snow fall.


Tea Gardens Of Chaukori

8.Chaukori

Situated at 2000 metres above the sea level, Chaukori is a beautiful hill station in Pithoragarh district. Located near the western Himalayan range, this place is surrounded by Tibet in the north and uttarakhand mountains on the other sides and is covered with trees like pine, oak, rhododendron and deodar. Chaukori is one of the few places of India where you can find tea gardens, and Chaukori also is the biggest producer of tea products in Uttarakhand. Apart from this here you can find fruit orchards like Mukteshwar. The spectacular view of major Himalayan peaks is one of the attractions of Chaukori.

Chaukori is famous for the sunset reflection view visible on Himalaya at dusk. Because of the rays of sun the Himalaya look golden in color. This sunset view attracts lots of tourists to Chaukori. Tourists mostly seen capturing the final rays of sun in their camera.

The tourists should visit Patal Bhuvaneshwar temple situated near Chaukori. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is accessed through a tunnel cave.
One Other famous temple dedicated to Goddess Mahakali, which is one of the main Shakti Peeths of India is situated near Chaukori. The temple is Haat Kalika temple in Gangolihat, Adiguru Shankaracharya chose this temple to establish Shaktipeeth. One can find a lot of Bengali pilgrims along with other pilgrims in this Temple/
Berinag, a famous small town, at a distance of 10 kms from Chaukori, is also one of the main attraction.




9.Patal Bhuvaneshwar


According to mythological perception this cave temple is primarily dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is also believed that there is a habitation of 33 crore deities inside the cave.
This is the entrance and exit of the cave. (see image)



It is situated at an elevation of 1653 metres above the sea level. The cave of Patal bhuvaneshwar is 160 m long and 90 m deep from the mouth of cave.
The entrance to cave looks very compact and suffocated but believe me after entering the cave you will feel real fresh air inside and no suffocation at all.
I was amazed to see the figures of god and hindu deities carved naturally on the walls and rocks of the cave.
There are internal caves as well inside this cave. It is also believed that the internal caves are connected to char dhams of India.

Free photo Krápník Stalagnit Limestone Cave - Max Pixel






10. Abbott Mount, Champawat-

Abott Mount is located in Lohaghat Tehsil of Pithoragarh district situated at an altitude of 1656 mtrs.

Abott mount is located in the lap of Kumaon Himalayas offering the splendid view of the widest Himalayan range,which are clearly visible from October till June.
The peaks include Pir Panjal, Kashmir,Himanchal,Bandarpunch,Chaukhamba,Neelkanth,Nandaghunti,Trishul,Maktoli,
Nandadevi,Nandakot and Panchachuli peaks of the Central Himalayas.
On the top of the Abott Mount is an open field and on its slopes are European bungalows with well maintained gardens and orchards.
Apart from natural beauty Abott Mount has few historical buildings which are restricted and said to be a haunted place.

Abott Mount Church is one such building which is forbidden for prayers.There is a Hospital in the slope inside which Dr. Morris used to do experiments on the human body.

One such experiment done by him was to see what happens to soul after life which he performed in a cottage called ‘Mukti Kutir'(as told by the local residents).











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