Nanda Devi Temple -A Legendary Temple in the Almora city

The best spiritual holiday destination in Uttarakhand. A famous and powerful temple is located in the Almora city in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Garhwal and Kumaon regions have numerous Nanda Devi Temple. The goddess Parvathi Devi is popularly known as Nanda in these regions. Plan a trip to Nanda Devi Temple  Almora with your family to get the blessing of Nanda Devi.

Getting There

The nearest airport to Almora is Pantnagar which is 116km from Almora. Pilgrims can either book a cab or catch a bus to Almora.

The nearest railway station is Kathgodam which is 82 km from Almora, In fact, trains are connected to many cities.

Thus from the railway station, pilgrims can catch a bus or hire a taxi. The frequency of bus service is good at Almora city.

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Misty town, misty evening! Almora, Uttarakhand
Misty town, misty evening! Almora, Uttarakhand

Legends of Nanda Devi Temple Almora

The powerful and divine temple has many legends related to it. Once the prince of the neighboring country fell in love with the beautiful princess of Garhwal.

They consummated the marriage without proper marriage rituals. As a result, bad times hit the kingdom and the citizen of the kingdom decided to pacify their beloved goddess Nanda Devi.

They started their journey towards the Trisul mountain where the Shrine is located on the snow top. The king didn’t follow the rituals properly, in fact, he even brought a group of dancing girls with him to entertain.

Therefore this angered the goddess Nanda Devi. It is believed that she created an avalanche of snow in which all the citizens died. This took place near Roop Kund where they rested for a night.

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Folklore – Nanda Devi Temple Almora

Another legend goes like this: she is known as Yoga Maya(Durga), sister of Lord Krishna. She was the eighth child who escapes from the clutches of the wicked King Kamsa. Who also warns him regarding his death.

However, this is not mentioned in any scriptures or Puranas but some devotees relate Nadha Devi with the Eknansha goddess in Mathura.

Nanda Devi Temple Almora
Nanda Devi Temple Almora

Nanda Devi Temple Almora

Nanda Devi is the Goddess of the Chand dynasty. This temple is a 1000-year-old temple.  The height of Nanda Devi is 1604 m from sea level.  The majestic stonework of Crown is located in the hallway to Lord Shiva and Goddess Nanda Devi.

The artwork on the walls will captivate the pilgrims. As the weather is normal throughout the year, pilgrims can visit any time.

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The places to See near Almora

Sun Temple Katarmal Almora
Sun Temple Katarmal Almora

Katarmal  Surya Temple –The marvelous architecture of the Katarmal Surya temple is the biggest tourist attraction in Almora. It is a 9th-century temple that is 19 km from the Almora and 2,116 meters above sea level.

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  • Lakhudiyar Rock painting
    Lakhudiyar Rock painting

Lakhudiyar Rock painting  This famous rock painting by early men is located in Barechhina village in Almora district. This painting describes the life of the stone age. Whereas they used black, white, and red colors to draw humans, animals, and some figures.

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Deer Park, Almora
Deer Park, Almora

Deer Park, This is located 3 km from Almora. In fact, this park has no entry fee and if the Pilgrims have the time they can visit this place to view deers, Himalayan black bears, and leopards. Along with rare species of Himalayan plants.

Conclusion

When you plan a trip to Uttarakhand make sure you visit this divine and beautiful Nanda Devi temple in Almora city and get the blessing from divine mother, along with family and friends.

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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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