It is a small hamlet, located near Ranikhet in the Kumaon region of the northern state of Uttarakhand. Which is perched at an average elevation of 1500 meter The mountains make it a very special place with a beautiful view of the Himalaya. Dwarahat is the nearest town to Pandukholi Mountains, where, the holy cave, where Mahavtar Babji taught the Kriya Yoga to Lahiri Mahasaya in 1861. Dwarahat is soaked with the energy of the Mahavtar Babaji, who brought the ancient science of Pranayama into this world and made available to common people through his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya.
The spiritual importance of Dwarahat
The spiritual importance of the great is vividly narrated through the words of Paramhansa Yogananda in his book “ An autobiography of a Yogi “ in the chapter, titled “Materializing a Palace in the Himalayas.”
There is an Ashram is called Yogoda Satsang Sakha, is situated about 1.5 km from Dwarahat hamlet, and the Ashram is environed by beautiful Himalayan pine forest & the lofty peaks of the mountains. While heading to the Ashram, on the right side, there is a Rest House of KMVN. Where Sri Daya Mata, the head of YSS lived from 1995 to 2010.
Babaji’s Cave is the locality where Mahavtar Babaji gave his first teaching on Kriya Yoga to Lahiri Mahasaya. The cave is located on Pandukholi Hill at 1-hour walking distance from the small hamlet of Kukuchina (25 km from Dwarahat).
Mahavatar Babaji Trekking route
The trekking path to the cave has been rebuilt and paved to facilities its devotees. The trek up to the Babaji cave employs less than one hour for the average walking person. During the monsoon season, there are a few water streams sprout along the trek route which fills the Gogash River with plenty of waters that is also described in an Autobiography of a Yogi.
History of Dwarahat, Uttarakhand
Dwarahat is a small town in Kumaun Mountains of Almora and is located at an altitude of 1510 meters. It is also known for its archaeological and historical significance. This place has many beautiful and famous temples and this place is also called “village of temples”. Dwarahat is home to 8 temples from the 10th-12th century, most of which are pyramid shapes, made of stones. Dunagiri and Nathana Devi Temple are two major attractions, known as Shakti Temple.
Temples in Dwarahat ( also known as a city of temples )
Dwarahat or Dwarhat is a part of Almora District, is an ancient place of Uttarakhand. This place is located at a distance of 13 miles (about 20.8 km) from Ranikhet. Dwarahat has 3 kinds of temples – Kachari, Maniya and Ratnadev.
Dwarahat has been an important pilgrim center for pilgrims visiting Badrinath. Due to its cultural importance, Dwarahat is also known as “Uttar Dwarka” (North Dwarka – the residence of Lord Krishna). Archaeologically, it is a group of 55 temples, and they can be divided into 7 groups.
1-Gujar Dev Temple
2-Kachari Dewal Temple
5-Mrityunjay Mahadev Temple
All these temples were constructed between 10 and 12 century by the Katyuri dynasty, and also was capital of the Katyuri Dynasty