Dunagiri temple is a popular temple, dedicated to Maa Dunagiri. It is located near Dwarahat in Almora (Kumaon region) district in Uttarakhand in India. This temple is also known as temple of Shakti. The place is situated at a height of 8,000 feet above sea level. The temple offers one of the best views of the Himalayan ranges.
Why Visit Dunagiri Temple:
The temple attracts a large number of pilgrims during Chaitra and Ashwin months of Navratras. This temple is one of the two Vaishnavi Shakti Peeths in India. Other Shakti Peeth is Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu Kashmir. Dunagiri temple is known as Mangalikhan among locals. It is said that the bronze plate present inside the temple dates back to 1181 AD.
The temple offers a splendid panoramic view of the Gogas Valley. Temple has 500 steps. Visitors need to climb these steps in order to reach the temple.
According to the legend, Pandavas took shelter in Dunagiri during their exile. The interior of the temple seems very old.
How to Reach Dunagiri Temple:
The temple is 14 kms away from the town of Dwarahat. Once you reach Dwarahat, there are tons of options available.
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Dwarahat. It is situated at a distance of 88 kms. Taxis and buses are easily available from the Kathgodam to Dwarahat.
Dwarahat is well connected by roads to all major cities of Uttarakhand and northern India. Taxis to Dwarahat are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand.