Best Time to Visit : November - February
Alighted at an altitude of 2,116 metres above the sea level, the Sun Temple in Katarmal village, Uttarakhand, is considered the second most beautiful shrine dedicated to Surya in India. Around 19 kilometres away from Almora, this temple complex is visited by thousands of tourists and pilgrims every year. The main temple is dedicated to the Surya deity, Vraddhaditya.
This shrine is enlightened at dawn as it receives the first rays of the sun. Its very location amidst the Kumaon hills interrupted by the Kosi river, makes this site extremely photogenic and absolute. This 9th Century temple complex dates back to when Katarmalla, a Katyuri ruler used to rule the region. This 800-year-old temple has one main temple and 45 smaller shrines. Other smaller shrines have idols of Shiva, his consort Parvati, Lakshmana and Narayana, enunciated in them.
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