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Katarmal Sun Temple is at an altitude of 2116 meters above sea level, in the Kumaon Division of Uttarakhand, India. Sun temple in Katarmal built in the 9th century Katarmal near by Almora has the Second important Sun Temple in the country, the first Sun temple being the Konark Sun Temple in Orissa.

Location of Katarmal Sun Temple Location of Katarmal Sun Temple :-

Katarmal Sun Temple is Situated 7 Kms from Almora, Uttarakhand. Katarmal Sun temple is around 70 kms away from Nainital.

History of Katarmal Sun Temple History of Katarmal Sun Temple :-

Katarmal Sun temple was built by KATARMALLA, a Katyuri Raja, in the 9th century. In the early medieval period, Kumaon was ruled by the Katyuri dynasty.

About Katarmal Sun Temple About Katarmal Sun Temple :-

The Katarmal Sun Temple is a monument of historical importance and also is an example of intricate sculpturing. The first rays of the sun falls straight on this Sun Temple.

The main deity of the Sun temple in Katarmal is called Burhadita or Vraddhaditya (the old Sun God). The idols of Shiva-Parvati and Lakshmi-Narayana are also found in this temple.

Katarmal Sun Temple complex has one main temple, surrounded by 45 smaller shrines exquisitely carved temples surrounding it.

However, the intricately carved doors and panels have been removed to the National Museum in Delhi after the 10th-century idol of the presiding deity was stolen.

The Katarmal Sun temple, noted for its magnificent architecture, artistically made stone and metallic sculptures and beautifully carved pillars and wooden doors, the image of Surya in the temple dates back to 12th century.

The Katarmal Sun temple has some unique architectural style and the images carved on the walls are very intricately done. Though amidst ruins, it still stands as a major point of attraction in the region and many devotees visit here to offer prayer to the Sun God.

Besides Katarmal, there are four other Sun Temples in India :-

Modhera Sun Temple in Gujarat
- Martand Temple in Kashmir
- Osia in Rajasthan
- Konark Sun Temple in Orissa

The Katarmal Sun temple is a major pilgrimage centre and attracts thousands of Sun God devotes every year from different parts of the country & world.

The Katarmal Sun temple is now protected and preserved by the Archeological Survey of India and the government is also constructing road and can be easily accessed by foot as a small beautiful trek among the thick deodars leads you to the Sun Katarmal Temple.

 
Katarmal Sun Temple - Almora
 

 
Route Map To Almora - Katarmal Sun Temple from Delhi
Route Map To Almora from Delhi
 


STATION NAME (FROM-TO)

DEP. TIME

ARV. TIME

TRAINS NAME AND CLASS
DELHI - KATHGODAM

2245 HRS
0600 HRS

0445 HRS.
2040 HRS.

RANIKHET EXPRESS
1A, 2A, SL,II
AGRA FORT - LAL KUAN

2200 HRS
0835 HRS

0615 HRS
1910 HRS

KUMAON EXPRESS
2A, SL, II
LUCKNOW - LAL KUAN

2110 HRS
0625 HRS

0605 HRS
2050 HRS

Nainital EXPRESS
2A, SL, II
HOWRAH - KATHGODAM

2145 HRS
0845 HRS

1155 HRS
1930 HRS

BAGH EXPRESS
2A, SL, II

SHATABDI EXPRESS:- Runs between New Delhi-Kathgodam-New Delhi twice a week (Friday & Sunday) during summer vacations.

NOTE:- For precise details of dates, timings and fares of all the above trains, we request you to kindly confirm with the Indian Railways before making reservations.

From Kathgodam the drive to Almora takes approx Two Hour and from Lal Kuan the drive to Nainital is approx Two Hours.

Kindly Note :- Though time varies to reach Almora as it depends on the traffic, time of the journey (morning daytime or evening) and the mode of Transportation.

Almora by road from nearest Railhead
Kathgodam 90 Kms
Lalkuan 110 Kms

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