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22 Famous Temples In Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is otherwise called "Dev Bhumi" as numerous episodes from Hindu folklore happened in this state. This a state completely loaded with experience destinations and has the embodiment of otherworldliness. This state has numerous profound tails, and characteristics of God can be seen generally in this state. The heavenly streams Like Ganga ( which is the longest waterway of 2525 meters) and stream Yamuna have their starting point in Uttarakhand as it were. These streams are venerated in India as a result of their otherworldly qualities and for the blessed water that can be utilized to filter the human body and spirits.

With every sanctuary, there is a story that is identified with Hindu folklore, and it draws into light a legitimate concern for some Indian and unfamiliar travelers. The sanctuary Triyugi Narayan portrays the tale of how Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati got hitched and hence this sanctuary acquired a ton of notoriety among the couples, even the fire of their marriage in Havan Kund is as yet copying and it is said that a couple should visit this spot at any rate once in the course of their life to make their wedded life more joyful. Here is the list of Holy Shrines that are located in this “Land of God”.

1. Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Dham is one of the 12 Jyotirling of Lord Shiva which is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It is believed that this temple was constructed by Pandavas and was restored by Adi Shankaracharya. This temple is situated at an elevation of 3584 and close to the source of the river Mandakini. This temple is also an important part of Panch Kedar that are five Shiva temples that are located in the Garhwal region of Uttrakhand. This temple is visited by devotees among the Chota Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand and one needs to track for at least 17 km to reach this Temple. If you are having any incapability to walk for such a long distance then you can also opt for a helicopter ride or pony or Doly system to reach this Temple easily. This temple has the Majestic Kedarnath peak in the backdrop which forms a perfect setting for the Lord Shiva temple.

Best Time to Visit: May to June and November are the best times to visit. Akshay Tritiya of winter is the time when the door of the temple remains closed.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Rishikesh Railway station

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun

Location: Rudraprayag district

2. Jageshwar Dham Temples

Jageshwar Dham Temple is located at a distance of 37 km from the Almora district of Uttarakhand. This temple is situated at an elevation of 1870 meters above sea level and is one of the most important tourist destinations of the Kumaon region. This temple is visited by more than thousands of devotees every year. The temple is surrounded by a deodar forest with a river stream flowing in the backside of the temple. As per the mythology, it is said that Jageshwar was a place for a halt for the pilgrims while walking towards Kailash Mansarovar yatra.

This place is considered an ideal place for rejuvenation and to calm down your soul and body. Hair one can experience a perfect environment for meditation with the cladding sound of the Jata Ganga river that flows in the backside of the temple. This place is easily accessible from Delhi as you can take a direct train to Kathgodam and then you can hire local transportation to reach the Kumauni village and witness the beauty of this Temple.

Best Time to Visit: One can visit this temple throughout the year and can also enjoy some adventure activities.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Kathgodam Railway station

Airport - Pantnagar Airport

Location: Almora district

3. Binsar Mahadev Temple

Binsar Mahadev temple which is also known as Bineshwar Mahadev temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was established during the 16th century A.D. This temple was constructed by Rajya Kalyan Chand who belonged to the Chand Dynasty during the ancient period. The Binsar town in which this temple is located used to be the summer house for the Chand Dynasty and hence they named this place after the name of this Temple. This temple is located at a distance of 6 km from Ayarpani which falls on the route to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Binsar Mahadev temple is visited by thousands of devotees each year for its remarkable architectural style.

Best Time to Visit: The most ideal time to visit this temple is from October till May month.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Kathgodam Railway station

Airport - Pantnagar Airport

Location: Almora district

4. Chitai Golu Temple

Chitai Golu Devta Temple is dedicated to Goljayu Devta or Gollu Devta and is located in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. Golu Devta was considered as an incarnation of Lord Shiva in the form of Gaur Bhairav. Many other temples are dedicated to Golu Devta but out of all this one is considered the most sacred one. It is believed that if you make a wish at this Temple with a clear conscience then it will surely be granted. This temple is located in the proximity of 9 km from the Almora district. Golu Devta is considered the god of justice and hence the devotees who visit this Temple ask for justice if any injustice has been done to their family or them. The strange thing that you will witness in this Temple will be the stats of letters that are pinned along with the bells of the temple.

Best Time to Visit: This temple can be best witnessed from May to October month.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Kathgodam Railway station

Airport - Pantnagar Airport

Location: Almora district

5. Jhoola Devi Temple

Jhoola Devi Temple is located in the Ranikhet area of Almora district and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. This temple is named Jhula Devi temple because the deity that is proceeding and this temple is seated on a wooden cradle. As per the local people, it is said that this temple is around 700 years old, and also the original deity that was placed in this temple was stolen in the year 1959. This temple has various numbers of bells that are hanging on its premises because it is believed that when a wish of a devotee is granted by Jhula Devi then the devotees need to offer a copper bell to the deity. This temple was established during the 8th century and is visited by devotees from all around the world. It is also believed by local people that the Goddess Durga residing in this Temple protects them from wild animals as this area is in a forest zone which can be easily assessed by wild animals like tigers and leopards. The present temple was restored in 1935.

Best Time to Visit: This temple can be explored from April to June and again from September to October month.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Kathgodam Railway station

Airport - Pantnagar Airport

Location: Almora district

6. Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave

Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave is one of the most mysterious places of worship in Uttarakhand. This hidden pilgrimage cave is located at an elevation of 1350 meters above sea level. This holy cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is made up of limestones. This cave is located in the proximity of 13 kilometers from Gangoli Ghat which is located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. There is a narrow tunnel that leads devotees to this Temple. Other than Lord Shiva you can also witness Lord Ganesha, Kaal Bhairav, and Sheshnag in this holy cave it is believed that this cave is the Abode of 33 God and Goddesses of Hindu mythology. The length and depth of this cave are 160 meters and 90 Feet respectively. This cave is considered an ideal place for meditation also there is a Narayan Ashram that is located near this temple where one can learn the art of meditation.

Best Time to Visit: This temple is best to explore from April till June month.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Tanakpur Railway station

Airport - Pantnagar Airport

Location: Pithoragarh district

7. Kalimath Temple

Kalimath temple is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand on the bank of the Saraswati River. This temple is located at an elevation of 1800 meters. This temple is one among the 108 Shakti Peeths in India which is located in the lap of nature and offers a divine environment to its devotees. Goddess Kali is worshipped in the Kali Mata temple. As per the mythology, it is believed that when Goddess Kali killed Raktbeej she went underneath the ground, and today that exact place is covered with a silver plate which is also known as Shree Yantra, and the entering point and is worshipped by devotees. This temple is located near the Kedarnath which is at a distance of 49 km from the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.

Best Time to Visit: The period from April to June month is the best time to visit this temple.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Rishikesh Railway station

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport

Location: Rudraprayag district

8. Hariyali Devi Temple

Hariyali Devi Temple is located on the way to Rudraprayag-Karn Prayag and is situated at an elevation of 1400 meters. Hariyali Devi temple is a Siddharth Peeth and goddess Sitla sitting on lions back is worshipped in this Temple with some other Idol of Heet Devi and Kshatrapal. As per the mythology, it is believed that when Mahamaya was born as the 7th child of Devaki she was thrown hard on the ground by Kansa. At that point, her body shattered into several parts that fell all across the world, and of which her hand fell at Hariyali Kantha.

Best Time to Visit: This temple can be visited by devotees throughout the year.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Rishikesh Railway station

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport

Location: Rudraprayag district

9. Dhari Devi Temple

Dhari Devi temple is located over the Alaknanda river which is located between the Rudraprayag and Srinagar district of Uttarakhand on the Badrinath Road. Goddess Dhari is worshipped in this Temple. This temple is relocated into a man-made structure from a 20-meter-high rock in the year 2013. This place is a center of faith and belief for the local people of Garhwal. It is also believed by the local people that the upper part of the goddess Kali is worshipped in this temple whereas the lower part of the goddess Kali is worshipped in the Kali Mata Temple of Uttarakhand.

It is also believed by locals that the appearance of Idol changes from a little girl to a mature woman to an old lady with time. It is believed that this Idol of Goddess Kali should not be kept under any roof and hence the roof that is just above the idol is not placed and it is directly under the sky. Photography and videography are strictly prohibited in the temple premises.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this temple is from November to June month.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Rishikesh Railway station

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport

Location: Srinagar district

10. Surkanda Devi Temple

Sukinda Devi temple is located at a distance of 24 km from Chamba and 40 km from Mussoorie. There are 51 Shakti Peeth that are spread all over India and Surkanda Devi temple is one among the Shaktipeeth which is dedicated to the goddess Surkanda. This temple is situated at an elevation of 2700 meters and is famous for its marble architectural design and eye-pleasing location as this temple is surrounded by snow-covered Himalayan mountains. This temple attracts a huge crowd of devotees on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra. From this temple, one can have a fascinating 360-degree view of snow-covered mountain ranges.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this temple is from May to June month otherwise you can visit this place at any time.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Dehradun Railway station

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport

Location: Tehri Garhwal district

11. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Neelkanth Mahadev temple is located at a distance of 32 km from Rishikesh. This temple is located at an elevation of 1330 m on a hill. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the famous pilgrimage sites near Rishikesh. As per the mythology, it is believed that this temple is constructed on the exact place where Lord Shiva consumed the poison that originated from Samudra Manthan and kept it in his throat, and hence this place got its name as Neelkanth. Neelkanth Mahadev temple is famous among its devotees for its attractive and colorful architectural design. A huge crowd of devotees is attracted to this temple during the festival of Mahashivratri and this festival is celebrated with full zeal and enthusiasm in Temple.

Best Time to Visit: This temple can be explored by devotees all year round except during the monsoon months.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Rishikesh Railway station

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport

Location: Kotdwar

12. Tungnath Temple

Tungnath temple is one of the highest temples that is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is one of the 5 temples dedicated to Panch Kedar. This temple is situated at an elevation of 36 80 m over Chandra Nath mountain. In the Tungnath temple, the hand of Lord Shiva is worshipped and it is believed that this temple is around a thousand years old and was discovered by Adi Shankaracharya. This temple is located at a distance of 4 km from Chopta in the Rudraprayag district of the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. To reach this temple one needs to do the tracking of 4 km and the difficulty level of the track starts when you cross the temple and move forward towards the Chandra Shila peak. The temple remains closed during the wintertime as it remains under a thick sheet of snow.

Best Time to Visit: This temple can be visited during the summer month that is from April till November month.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Rishikesh Railway station

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport

Location: Rudraprayag district

13. Omkareshwar Temple

Omkareshwar temple which is situated at an elevation of 1300 m is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. This temple is the winter award for the deity of Kedarnath temple. During the winter season which is from November till April month the Kedarnath temple remains under the thick sheet of snow and hence it is brought down to this temple and worshipped here for six months. As per the mythology, it is said that there was an Emperor who was the ancestor of Lord Rama who performed penance at this place for 12 Years by standing on a single leg, and when he impressed Lord Shiva the God himself appeared in front of the emperor in form of Omkar which is the sound of Om and blessed him and this is how this Temple got its name as Omkareshwar temple.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this temple is from October to April month.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Rishikesh Railway station

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport

Location: Rudraprayag district

14. Badrinath Temple

Badrinath Dham is an important part of Chota Char Dham of Uttarakhand. It is situated in the Chamoli region of Garhwal. This Dham is devoted to Lord Vishnu. During Satyug Lord Vishnu took the Avatar of Nar and Narayan. The primary sanctuary is encircled by two mountains Nar and Narayan. As per folklore, Lord Vishnu was unwinding and Naradh muni provoked Lord Vishnu to continually unwind. Lord Vishnu blew up and came here and began meditating out of frustration. Goddess Lakshmi being his better half couldn't see him in this condition so she turned into the Badri tree to shield her significant other from tempest and downpour. During Dwapara yuga Lord Vishnu admitted that he won't favor anybody genuinely in Kalyug. So the person who will visit Badrinath Dham will get his definitive gift. Individuals visit this Dham to perform funeral rituals and offer nirvana to their friends and family.

Best Time to Visit:  From May to June and from till November start is the best time to visit.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Rishikesh Railway station

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport

Location: Chamoli district

15. Gangotri  Temple

Gangotri Dham is a temple devoted to the goddess Ganga. The Ganga River is the most flawless stream of the Hindu religion and the most revered stream. The water of the waterway Ganga is viewed as the most flawless water and is additionally utilized in numerous Hindu functions for the prosperity of the family. Gangotri Dham is visited by aficionados as it is the point where the magnificent river Ganga came to Earth after the reflection done by King Bhagirath. Lord Bhagirath ruminated because he needed his progenitors to dispose of the relative multitude of sins and get Moksha. Ruler Brahma favors him and finishes his desire to send the great Ganga on Earth so his family can turn out to be liberated from sins.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is from April to June and from September to October, as the rest of the time temple remains shut due to extreme cold.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Rishikesh Railway station

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport

Location: Uttarkashi district

16. Yamunotri Temple

Yamunotri Dham is the primary Dham among the four blessed Dham of Uttarakhand. Goddess Yamuna who is the daughter of Sun and sister of Yamraj is loved here. Yamraj is the "Divine force Of Death" so individuals love the goddess Yamuna and take a dunk in the waterway Yamuna to build their life and eliminate sin from their life. Goddess Yamuna is likewise named Kalindi in Dwapar Yug, and the goddess Yamuna is one among the sovereigns of Lord Krishna. Yamuna, Ganga, and Saraswati are the three adored streams in India. The fundamental motivation to visit Yamunotri Dham because it is the beginning place of the waterway Yamuna. Taking a plunge in this blessed stream eliminates all transgression from an individual.

Best Time to Visit: From May to June and from till November start is the best time to visit.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Rishikesh Railway station

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport

Location: Uttarkashi district

17. Triyugi Narayan Temple

Triyuginarayanan Temple or Akhand Dhuni Temple is settled in the Triyuginarayan town in the Rudraprayag region of Uttarakhand. Tri means three, Yugi implies Epochs and Narayan is an equivalent word for Lord Vishnu. The Triyuginarayan town is arranged at an elevation of 1980 meters is 6500 feet and is around 5 km away from Sonprayag. This old sanctuary is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. According to Hindu folklore goddess, Parvati rehearsed compensation to if it's not too much trouble, Lord Shiva at Gaurikund is found an exceptionally brief separation away from Triyuginarayan.

Triyuginarayan was the setting of the divine marriage of Shiva and Parvati during the Satya Yuga, seen within the sight of the heavenly fire that copies forever before the sanctuary in a Havana Kund. Master Vishnu formalized the wedding and went about as Parvati's sibling in the service and ruler Brahma assumed the part of a cleric. The wedding was joined in and seen by every one of the significant sages, soothsayers, savants, and ministers The uniqueness of this sanctuary is that a never-ending fire has been consuming in the yard of this excellent sanctuary from three yugas-Sat Yuga, Treta Yuga, and Dwapar Yuga.

Best Time to Visit: This temple can be visited during the May, June, September, October, and November months.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Rishikesh Railway station

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport

Location: Rudraprayag district

18. Baijnath Temple

Baijnath temple is situated at an elevation of 1126 m in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. This temple is located on the bank of the Gomti river and this place got its name from the Baijnath Temple. It is a prominent historical and religious attraction of the Kumaon region. A huge crowd of devotees is attracted to this temple on the occasion of Mahashivratri as this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. As per the mythology, it is said that the temple was constructed around 1150 A.D. by the Katyuri king who ruled over this area from the 7th to 11th-century A.D. In the nearby places, one can also explore the Bhramri Devi temple which is located at a distance of 2 km from Baijnath Temple.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to explore the Baijnath temple is from March to May month and in winter you can explore this Temple from November to January month.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Kathgodam Railway station

Airport - Pantnagar Airport

Location: Bageshwar district

19. Chandi Devi Temple

Chandi Devi temple is generally called Neel Parvat Tirth or Siddha Peetha. It is arranged on the Neel Parvat of the Shivalik Hills in Uttarakhand. The foundation of the Chandi Devi asylum was laid in the late eighth century by Guru Adi Shankaracharya and was manufactured formally by the ruler from Kashmir named Suchat Singh in the year 1929. As there is a traveling route for showing up at the haven, this makes it famous among energetic climbers or the ones searching for some experience. You can moreover show up at the safe-haven with the help of a ropeway and the view from the ropeway is a completely enchanting one. It is maybe the most prepared sanctum in Haridwar which attracts stores of travelers and the footfall of explorers increases during festivities like Kumbh Mela, Navratri, and Chandi Chaudas.

Best Time to Visit: One can visit this Temple all year round except the monsoon month.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Rishikesh Railway station

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport

Location: Haridwar

20. Narsingh Temple

Narasimha Temple is dedicated to the fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu which is the Narasimha avatar. This temple is one of the most popular temples of Joshimath which is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This temple is also known as Narasimha Badri or Nursing Badri Temple. The idol that is placed in this temple is in the form of Half Man and half lion which was the Narasimha incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This temple was established by Adi Shankaracharya and the idol was made from Shaligram. The narrative of Narasimha Badri Temple is firmly identified with the legend of the Bhavishya Badri sanctuary. It is accepted that the left arm of the sculpture is diminishing over the long run and in the end, it will vanish. The principal sanctuary of Badrinath and Badrinath altar will be impeded and blocked off. Then, at that point, Lord Badrinath will show up in this Bhavishya Badri sanctuary. Rather than the Badrinath sanctuary, there will be venerated here.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to explore Narsingh Temple in Chamoli district is in April or May and then again from September to November month.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Rishikesh Railway station

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun

Location: Joshimath district

21. Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi Temple is located on the bank of Naini Lake in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Nainital got its name from the word Naina which means eye from Naina Devi temple. In the year 1842, the idol of Naina Devi was placed in this Temple by Moti Lal Shah but in the year 1880, this Temple was ruined due to a landslide and was rebuilt again in the year 1883 by the local people of Nainital. The temple has a magnificent architecture with the idol of two lions that are placed on the main entrance of this Temple full stop this Temple attracts a huge crowd of devotees during the festival of Nanda Ashtami, Chaitra, and Navratri.

Best Time to Visit: This temple can be visited at any time throughout the year.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Kathgodam Railway station

Airport - Pantnagar Airport

Location: Udham Singh Nagar district

22. Garjiya Devi Temple

Garjiya Devi temple is one of the most famous Shakti Shrine which is located in the Ramnagar area of Uttarakhand. Goddess is worshipped in this Temple who was the incarnation of Goddess Parvati. This Temple attracts a huge crowd of devotees on the occasion of Kartik Purnima as a huge fair is organized on this day. Other than Goddess Parvati the idol of Lord Ganesha Goddess Saraswati and Bhairavnath are also placed inside this Temple. Devi temple is located in proximity to Jim Corbett National Park and is generally visited by the tourists who are visiting this National Park. It is prohibited to visit this Temple during the monsoon months as at this time the level of the Kosi River rises and hence also Rises.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the Garjiya Devi temple is throughout the year except for the monsoon months that is from July to September month.

How to Reach:

Railway station - Ramnagar Railway station

Airport - Pantnagar Airport

Location: Ramnagar district

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