Top 10 Temples of Uttarakhand You Must Visit

Uttarakhand nicknamed as the “Land of Gods” conceals many holy shrines that are revered for their spiritual and mythological background. To dive into the holiness of these sacred shrines check out these 10 must visit temples in Uttarakhand.

1. Badrinath Temple

In the celestial town of Badrinath in Chamoli district, sits the holy Badrinath Temple which is considered as the most important of all four Dhams in India. Originally established by Guru Adi Shankaracharya, the Badrinath temple is one of the Panch Badris dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s Nara-Narayana avatar.

2. Kedarnath Temple

One of the popular Shaivism sites in India, the Kedarnath temple in Rudraprayag district is adorned near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath town. It is one among the twelve Jyotirlingas that was initially built by the Pandava brothers and was later re-established by Guru Adi Shankaracharya. Since the region experiences harsh weather conditions, the portals of the temple are opened only between April end (Akshaya Tritriya) to Kartik Purnima (the autumn full moon, usually November). During winters the temple deity is brought to Ukhimath, where it is worshipped for six months.

3. Gangotri Temple

Tucked in the rugged terrains of Garhwal, the 18th century Gangotri Temple in Uttarkashi is one of the holy places among the Chota Char Dhams. Having an impressive height of 20 feet, the pristine white Gangotri temple located along river Bhagirathi is one of the major attractions of Gangotri town. The shrine of Goddess Ganga and the partially submerged Shivlinga carved from the rock are the visitor's attraction. Since the Gangotri temple remains closed during winters you need to plan your visit accordingly.

4. Yamunotri Temple

Enshrining a black marble idol of Goddess Ganga, the Yamunotri temple in Uttarkashi district can be approached by a 5 km trek from Jankichatti situated on the left bank of Yamuna River. Built by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal, the Yamunotri temple is one among the Char Dhams and is the first place to visit in the Char Dham circuit.

5. Chitai Golu Devta Temple of Almora

Revered as the ‘God of Justice’, the Chitai Golu Devta Temple dedicated to 'Gollu' or 'Goljiya Devta' is dedicated to Lord Shiva's Gaur Bhairav avatar. Situated about 9 km from Almora, the temple is also known as Gwall Devta Mandir among the locals. Several bells are festooned across the temple and those seeking justice write letters to the deity in order to appease him to give honour to them.

6. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Snuggled at the confluence of Pankaja and Madhumati rivers, the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is surrounded by the majestic Nar-Narayan mountain ranges. The temple is built on the site where Lord Shiva drank the venom ‘halala’ which was obtained while churning the ocean for Amrit or the ‘elixir of life’.  This Shaivism site can be easily accessible as it is located about 30 km away from Rishikesh.

7. Dhari Devi Temple

Cradled on the tranquil banks of Alaknanda River, the Dhari Devi temple at Kaliyasaur in Srinagar Pauri is one of the 108 Shakti Peeths that is believed to change its form from a girl to woman and later to an old lady. The temple is known to embody the upper part of Goddess Sati while the lower half is worshipped at Kalimath temple in Rudraprayag district.

8. Tungnath Temple

Considered to be more than 1,000 years old, the Tungnath temple located on the Chandranath Parbat in the Rudraprayag district is one of the sacred Panch Kedars. Tungnath is hailed as the highest temple of Lord Shiva perched at an altitude of 3,680 metres above sea level. Being a revered Shaivism site, Tungnath also enshrines idols of Goddess Parvati along with other gods and goddesses. This temple can be easily reached by commencing a brisk trek that starts from Chopta.

9. Nanda Devi Temple of Almora

This ancient temple is dedicated to Nanda Devi, celebrated as the daughter of Kumaon and the patron goddess of Chand dynasty. An incarnation of Durga Mata, the Nanda Devi is believed to protect the denizens from the evil. It is one of the most visited temples in Kumaon region and is known for hosting the pompous Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra which is held once in twelve years.

10. Kartik Swami Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva’s elder son Kartikeya, the Kartik Swami temple is adorned high at 3,050 metres in the venerated Garhwal Himalayas. This Hindu devout place is located at the end of a narrow gorge, offering a resplendent view of the snowy peaks and the lower Himalayas. The star attraction of this temple is the naturally carved idol of the deity on a marble type rock.

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