Mata Durga had incarnated as Goddess Katyayni at Kasar Devi Temple in Almora

Kasar Devi Temple Almora

Situated about 8 kms from Almora in Uttrakhand, the Kasar Devi temple at Kashyap mountains belongs to second century. This temple is the major centre of faith for Hindus. Besides this, it is also quite popular as a picnic spot. It is believed that Swami Vivekananda who established the Ramakrishna Monastery and Ramakrishna Mission visited this place for meditation in the year 1890.

One can experience something mystic along with the beauty of nature here. According to locals, the Mother Durga had given her holy appearance here. In the temple, one of the eight forms of Mother Durga is worshipped as “goddess Katyayni”.

Kasar Devi Temple Almora


Pertaining to this religious site, a mythological tale is also quite prevalent. It is believed that about two thousand years ago, Mata Durga had incarnated in the form of goddess Katayayni and slaughtered 2 demons namely Shumbh-Nishumbh here. Since then this place has been a centre of faith for the devotees. It is said about Kasar Devi Temple that the Mother fulfils all the wishes of devotees who come here.


Besides mythology, this place is also popular as an unparalleled centre of magnetic power. According to NASA scientists, a special beam of magnetic power is present at world’s three places including Kasar Devi Shaktipeetha, Peruvian-based Machu-Picchu of South America and Stonehenge of England. NASA’s scientists are researching the causes and effects of magnetic charging of this place. Being a centre of magnetic Power, the devotees here attain boundless mental peace and due to this reason, many tourists from abroad as well visit here.


The nearest city from Kasar Devi temple is 8 kms away Almora. You can take bus or taxi to reach Kasar Devi temple from Almora. The nearest airport from here is 123 km away in Pantnagar, while the nearest railway station is 89 kilometers away in Kathgodam. Almora is connected by road network to all major towns of North India and all district headquarters of Uttarakhand state.

Nainital is located at 67 kms, Kathgodam 90 kms, Pithoragarh 109 kms and Delhi  is 378 kilometres from Almora. A regular bus service is available for these locations. Buses from Haldwani, Kathgodam and Nainital travels to Almora at regular intervals.

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