Timings : 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hours
Entry Fee : Free
Dunagiri Temple is a famous shrine dedicated to Maa Dunagiri or Maa Durga and is located in Almora district of Dwarahat, Uttarakhand. Perched at a height of 8000 feet above sea level, this temple is also known as Shakti Temple and Dunagiri Temple is not only an important religious site for locals but also offers a good view of the Himalayan ranges to national and international tourists alike.
People often visit this temple during the Chaitra and Ashwin months of Navratri. It is believed that when Lord Hanuman was carrying the mountain with “Sanjeevani Buti” for Lord Laxman, a piece of it fell on this location and since then, it has been called “Doonagiri” where “Giri” refers to fell. Known as the Mangalikhan amongst locals, visitors need to climb a total of 365 steps to reach the temple premises. Dunagiri temple is one of the two Vaishnavi Shakti Peeths, the other one being Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir. Located in the heart of the lush green forests of Dwarahat, one can have a great experience at this temple during any month except July when the rains make it difficult to enjoy the events here.
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