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Kasar Devi Temple, Almora Overview

Kasar Devi is a quaint Temple on a hilltop situated in a village near Almora, Uttarakhand. It derives its name from a local deity Kasar Devi, and the temple is erected in her reverence. Also known as Crank's Ridge, this place gained prominence after the "Hippie Movement" of the 1960s and 1970s. This place is known for the many luminaries that have visited. Personalities like Bob Dylan, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Cat Stevens and Swami Vivekananda have meditated and absorbed in the calm and quiet of this beautiful location, hidden in the Kumaon Hills. It is also a popular pilgrimage destination around Almora ideal for people who are spiritual and love being one among nature. The hilly region is perfect to unwind and spend time meditating. Adventure driven people can come here for long hikes and treks on hills and surrounded by greenery.

Kasar Devi Temple is located 5 km away from Almora and dates back to 2nd century AD. The temple overlooks Almora, and the Hawabagh Valley gives a panoramic view of the Himalayas from the Bandarpunch peak. People often trek up to the temple from Kalimath town for its cosy little alleys carved in the hills.

Every year in winter, on the occasion of Kartik Poornima, a large fair is held at the Kasar Devi Temple. There are a few special reasons for the importance of this temple. The region around Kasar Devi has an enormous geomagnetic field. The reason behind this is, the temple comes under the Van Allen belt. The causes behind the formation of this belt have been researched by NASA for the past two years. Other famous locations which have been found to have similar levels of a magnetic field (Van Allen belt) are Machu Picchu in Peru and Stonehenge in England.

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History of Kasar Devi Temple

Kasar Devi first gained prominence when Swami Vivekananda visited the place for meditation. He has even written about his experience in his diaries. Soon, a Danish mystic called Sunyata Baba (Alfred Sorenson) came to Kasar Devi and made it his home for 3 decades. This was followed by many spiritual seekers who came here and immersed themselves in this quaint, quiet village. Much later, at the peak of the ‘Hippie Movement’, the area became a part of the Hippie trail. A popular destination that emerged out of this was Crank’s Ridge, also known as Hippie Hill which lies ahead of Kasar Devi. The ridge became home to several Bohemian artists and writers. It made its name amongst hippy circles after American Psychologist Timothy Leary streaked here. He is said to have written majority of his ‘psychedelic prayers’ here. Thus, Kasar Devi was visited by many eminent personalities throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

Significance of Kasar Devi Temple

Kasar Devi is mainly famous for its namesake temple dedicated to the local deity, Kasar Devi. Every year, thousands of devotees flock to visit this temple. It is a famous place among westerners, who seek spirituality and peace. This is due to its gained popularity as 'hippie hill' during the Hippie Counterculture Movement in the 1970s. Kasar Devi is well known for its nature, quiet and secluded surroundings and the breathtaking view of the Almora Valley.

Things To Do at Kasar Devi

There are several temples other than Kasar Devi around the area. Chitai Temple, Katarmal Sun Temple, Jageshwar Temple, Patal Devi Temple and Nanda Devi Temple are the temples you can visit at Kasar Devi. One main reason for people to visit Kasar Devi is for its serenity and quaint, natural surroundings. To take a short break from your hectic daily life, Kasar Devi is the perfect place just to relax and rejuvenate. Surrounded by lush greenery and hills that guard Kasar Devi, it is an ideal place to practice Yoga and Meditation.

Bright End Corner is at a distance of 2 km from Almora. It is given its name because of the beautiful view of the rising moon and the setting sun along with a scintillating range of orange and red shades of colours. This place boasts of a magnificent view of the sunrise and sunset. The place is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda who spent his time here meditating. Hence it is one of the best spots for meditation as it has natural beauty and a sense of solitude.

Located at 12.2 km from the Kasar Devi Temple is Windrift Adventures. This is the go-to spot for all adventure junkies. Here, you are welcome to try a lot of different kinds of adventure sports ranging from Paragliding, Rappelling, and Mountain Biking etc. You can explore the beauty of natural surroundings by waddling around them itself. This place fulfils all adventure cravings and gets your adrenaline pumping.

Best Time To Visit Kasar Devi Temple

In winters every year, a large fair is held at Kasar Devi to mark the occasion of Kartik Poornima. Visiting this place during November-December is ideal.

Stay Near Kasar Devi Temple

Kasar Devi can be considered a remote area, and hence there is a limited amount of accommodation available. You can rent a government-owned KMVN guest-house for the number of days you are staying. Good budget hotels and lodges, as well as luxurious hotels, are available as per your preference.

How To Reach Kasar Devi Temple

If you're travelling by road, Kasar Devi is just 8 km from Almora. Taxis and shared cabs are easily available from Kumaon Region. By railways, Kathgodam railway station is the closest to Almora at a distance of 88 km. Ranikhet Express and Sampark Kranti Express are easily available for Kathodgam.

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