Katarmal Sun temple

Katarmal Sun Temple is one of the popular religious sites located 16 km from the town of Almora at an altitude of 2116 meters above sea level, in the Kumaon Division of Uttarakhand, India. It is is 800 years old temple and second most important Sun temple in the country after Konark Sun Temple.


Katarmal Sun temple constructed by the Katyuri Kings in the 9th century. Katarmalla, a Katyuri king constructed this temple. The main temple is surrounded by 45 smaller temples. The main deity of the Sun temple is called Burhadita or Vraddhaditya (the old Sun God). The idols of Shiva-Parvati and Lakshmi-Narayana are also found in this temple.

Stone-built walls, intricate metal figurines, beautiful pillar carvings and exquisitely cut out wooden doors are among the distinctive features of this temple. The intricately carved doors and panels have been removed to the National Museum in Delhi after the 10th-century idol of the presiding deity was stolen.


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