SURYA MANDIR - KATARMAL

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Katarmal tem­ple: Af­ter Sun tem­ple of Konark (Orissa), this is sec­ond Sun tem­ple in Almora dis­trict sit­u­ated at an al­ti­tude of 2, 116 mts.this sun-fac­ing tem­ple is de­signed in such way that first ray of the morn­ing Sun falls on the idol of Lord Shiva's lingam.

One can also watch 44 smaller tem­ples around the com­plex with stone-built walls, artis­tic pil­lar carv­ings and finely cut wooden doors. It was built in 9th cen­tury by Katar­mala, a Katyuri king who was ar­dent devo­tee of Lord Shiva. It has been de­clared as na­tional mon­u­ment un­der An­cient Mon­u­ments and Arche­o­log­i­cal Sites and Re­mains Act (1958).

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