Katarmal

  • District: Almora
  • Famous for/as: Temple, Pilgrim Spot
  • Best Season: Mar-Jun, Sep-Nov

 

Katarmal Sun Temple was built by the Katyuri king Katarmalla in between 9 th to 13 th century. About 17 km from Almora, this ancient piece of history lies in the salubrious Hills of Kumaon. Katarmal Sun Temple is considered as the second most important sun temple in India after Konark Sun Temple (Orissa). It is believed to be the only sun temple located in the hills. A 2 km steep climb is required to reach the temple, which is placed at the top of the hill. What awaits the visitor is the brilliantly made architectural wonder perched at 2,116 m above sea level. Main deity of the well-designed temple is the old Sun God known as Burhadita or Vraddhaditya. The primary shrine is surrounded by 45 smaller shrines. Besides the statue of Vraddhaditya, the main temple structure also includes statues of other deities.

Though Almora’s Sun Temple is now under the protection of ‘Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958’, it doesn’t see much visitors it’s usually a few foreigners and local devotees that care to pay a visit. Be it natural beauty, history, adventure or architectural brilliance this place lacks nothing, and should be made a part of one’s must see attractions of Almora.

Getting there

By Air: The nearest airport to Almora is at Pantnagar, the seat of a famous agricultural university, about 142 km from Katarmal Sun Temple and 127 km from Almora.

By Train: The nearest railway station is at Kathgodam situated around 90 km away. Kathgodam is connected by rail directly with Delhi, the capital of India, Lucknow, the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh, Dehradun the capital of the state of Uttarakhand.

By Road: The nearest town from Katarmal is kosi and it is well connected through road network. Since air and rail connectivity in Uttarakhand is limited, road network is the best and easily available transport option. You can either drive to Almora and than kosi or hire a cab/taxi to reach Kosi, Almora from Delhi or any other nearby cities. You have enjoy a 1.5 km Track from Kosi to Katarmal.