Ranked 4 among Places to Visit in Almora
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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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