Katyuri Valley: Home of Ancient Temples

The Katyuri Valley is a low-altitude Himalayan valley that has long been recognized by the Katyuri dynasty who ruled here between the 7th to 10th centuries. 

This glorious heritage valley sprawls along the Gomati River in the state of  Uttarakhand. The Katyuri Valley region is very popular as a valley of the heritage of ancient Hindu temples and for its stunning architectural beauty.

The Katyuri Valley is the socio-cultural heritage region in the hills of Kumaon Uttarakhand The remains of those magnificent ancient heritage temples lie along the Gomti River in the valley.  The Katyuri valley is popular for its ancient and magnificent stone-cut architecture of the Hindu temples, which belong to particularly Shaivism.

Jageshwar Dham The group of temples of Lord Shiva

Jageshwar Dham The group of temples of Lord Shiva

1- Jageshwar Group of Temples

  • Jageshwar group of temples belongs to Lord Shiva and is popular as Jageshwar Dham  & it is one of the finest examples of Himalayan architecture in Uttarakhand.
  • There are more than 124 big and small temples in the same premises that give a stunning divine view with an enchanting backdrop of rolling down verdant sceneries mountains and rushing Jata Ganga water.
  • According to the Archaeology Survey of India, all temples date back to the pre-medieval era, and it is believed to be 2500 years old temple.
  • The stone-carved Shiva lingams, other sculptures, and wood carvings are the theme of the temple. The location of the temple is perfect for spiritual practices & meditation as well.
Suggested Read – Jageshwar Dham: The group of temples of Lord Shiva
Bagnath Shiva Temple Bageshwar
Bagnath Shiva Temple Bageshwar

2- Bageshwar Group of Temples

  • Bageshwar is an ancient cultural headquarter of the Kumaon region and Uttarakhand as well. The Bageshwar is the ancient cultural capital town of the Katyuri kings of Uttarakhand.
  • There is Bagnath Temple is dedicated to Shiva &  lies at the confluence of the Sarayu and Gomati rivers.
  • There are many ancient inscriptions and idols dating back to the eighth to the tenth century.  The temple complex includes idols of Shiva, Ganesha, Vishnu, Chaturmukhi Shiva, Teen Mukhi Shiva, Panch Mukhi Shiva, Mahishasura Mardini, Sahasra Shivalinga, Ganesh, Karthikeya, Panchdevapath, Navagraha, etc.
Suggested Read – Bageshwar Temples: The Path Where Gods Live
Baijanath Group of Shiva Temple
Baijanath Group of Shiva Temple

3- Baijanth Group of Temples

Baijnath Shiva Temple is built in the North Indian Nagara  & Dravidian-styled architecture.  Baijnath is also known as Kartikeyapura in ancient times.   The Katyuri dynasty ruled over here combining both divisions of Garhwal and Kumaun of Uttarakhand.

Suggested Read – Biajnath Temple Kausani Uttarakhand 
Gujar Dev Temple Ruins, Dwarahat
Gujar Dev Temple Ruins, Dwarahat

4- Dwarahat Group of Temples

  • A  scenic town, Dwarahat is famous for its ancient temples and cultural landscapes.  It is a very important tourist spot in the Uttarakhand Himalayas. There are hundreds of temples but few are living like Vimandeshwar Temple, and Mrityunjay  Temple are dedicated to Lord Shiva. 
  • As per ancient folklore, Vimandeshwar Temple is the second abode of  Lord Shiva after the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. Dwarahat is also popular for YSS Ashram among Kriya Yogi.
Suggested Read –  Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Ashram Dwarahat: A Tranquil Among Nature
Dunagiri Temple
Dunagiri Temple

5- Dunagri Temple

  • Dunagiri Temple marks out as one of the most divine temples. The devotees come here from all parts of Uttarakhand to pay homage to the goddess Dunagiri.
  •   The temple’s complex perches on a very small hillock near Dwarahat town. This holy shrine is dedicated to the goddess Durga.
  •   The architectural style is wooden and stone used to make a stairway of 500 steps to reach the temple.
Mahavatar Babaji Cave Kukucchina Himalayas
Mahavatar Babaji Cave Kukucchina Himalayas

6- Mahavatar Babaji Cave

  • Mahavatar Babaji Cave is the birthplace of Kriya Yoga, located in Dunagari Mountain near Kukucchina village. approx 25 km from Dwarahat town.
  • The cave is very small but very popular among Kriyaban Yogi, where Mahavatar Babaji appeared to revive the Kriya Yoga ( A forgotten Science of Breathing )  through Lahiri Mahasaya.
  • The cave is maintained by the Yogoda Satsang  Society & Ashram, Dwarahat. The best time to visit Babaji is from September to June.
Suggested Read – Mahavatar Babaji Cave: A Walk Through An Abode of Kriya Yoga
Pandavkholi Cave &  Temple
Pandavkholi Cave &  Temple

7- Pandavkholi Cave & Temple

Gwaldam Budhist Gompa
Gwaldam Budhist Gompa

7- Gwaldham 0r Gwaldam

  • Gwaldam or Gwaldham perches on the borderline of Garhwal and Kumaon divisions of Uttarakhand.
  • This small town is dotted with  Hindu temples, Buddhist temples, apple orchards, potato farming, Bdhangarhi Temple, and many more. It sits at an elevation of  1,629 m approx  40 km far from the  Kausani.
  • Gwaldham hosts some enchanting views of some famous peaks of the Himalayas such as Nanda Ghunti, Nanda Devi, and Trishul. Gwaldam facilitates a stop-off for the Roop Kund trek and many more.










Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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