Katarmal Sun Temple , Almora | Second Largest Temple of Surya
We all know the famous sun temple of Konark, but do you know that Uttarakhand also has Sun temple. This nine hundred years old temple boasts many histories with it.
Katarmal Sun Temple History
The Katarmal Sun Temple is situated in the district of Almora, Uttarakhand. It was built by king Katarmall Dev in 1080-90 AD. The temple is a brilliant piece of architecture.
This temple is second largest temple of God Sun after Sun temple of Konark, Orissa. It is a famous religious site situated, 25 km from Ranikhet and 17 km from the main market of Almora. The main temple is surrounded by 45 small temples and one of the major tourist destination of Almora.
Why is Katarmal Sun Temple Famous?
katarmal is related to deity Sun. This temple is situated 2116 meters above from sea level. the temple is designed in a way that the first ray of the sun falls on the “SHIVLING”. The beautiful stonework done on the walls of the temple is also attracts visitors.
The main statue in this temple is Sun, which is also known as Butadhari Aditya. Along with the sun, there is also a statue of Lord Vishnu, Ganesha, and Shiva. The main statue of God sun is made up of Gray stone and it is 1 meter long and a quarter meter wide.
How to Reach Katarmal Sun Temple –
Almora, Kausani such rushed to the temple on the motorway upward Katarmal village Kosi and Sun Temple is located there. Ranikhet from Almora district headquarters to get here is to go the way of the motorway. After 14 km from Almora is 3 km to walk.