Dwarahat Village

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Dwarahat Village
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Gaurav Verma
Noida, India103 contributions
Jan 2021
Dwarahat in local language means “Way to Heaven”.
Hundreds of temples are spread around in Dwarahat. These 11th century ancient temples spread around the city makes it a must visit even if you are around 100-150 km. in the region.
Architecture, Symmetry and location in the hills, will ensure an enriching day full of wandering around in the place.
Written July 6, 2021
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New Delhi, Delhi, India13 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Although it is my home town too, I had never visited the ancient temples by Katyuri kings. The architecture is marvellous. There are some more than 100 temples, I got to visit 4-5 only as it will take days to visit all. A must visit for people interested in ancient architecture and temples. Dwarahat city is situated in Uttarakhand at an elevation of 1510 meters. The distance is 248 kilometres from Delhi. People can also visit Maa Dunagiri which is at an elevation of 2400 meters and Vimandeshwar temple which is in a valley. Both the temples are highly regarded by people from Kumaon and are visited by people from states as far as Odisha and Bengal. There are no 4 or 5 star stay option in Dwarahat, but people can stay at Ranikhet or Kausani which are nearby towns.
Written February 11, 2020
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Dwaraht a small city in Kumaon region, situated middle of the Raniketh and Garsan, 28 kms away from Ranikhet & 38 kms from Almora. It is the junction of Ranikhet - Kausani road & Almora - Badrinath Road .

Dwarahat ( Dwara = way + Hat = Heaven ) = way of Heaven.

At dwarahat there is shivalya mandir and devi durga maa at dunagari mandir. I want just say if you visit at dwarahat you feel Dwarahat is place peace and real god darshan is the lifeline of its adjoining areas & the famous hill station Ranikhet.
Written December 4, 2008
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Bikash D
Hyderabad, India133 contributions
Nov 2012 • Solo
I visited Dwarhat, because the Yogoda Satsanag Society Ashram is situated there. It is a beautiful hill station, not crowded. It is dotted with old temples. Very near to Ranikhet. Nearby you can visit places like Mahabatar babaji's cave. Devi Temple etc. a very nice place to spend a couple of days in tranquility. One can spend a day walking and trekking the ancient temples.
Written October 2, 2013
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New Delhi, Delhi, India55 contributions
Oct 2012 • Family
This was the first time we were planning to go out during the Durga Puja's and so the confusion was at its peak. :) I finally suggested Dwarahat, wanted to visit this place for long but was unable to manage the leaves to cover an approx 380km distance (ex Delhi). And since Durga Puja's this time happened to be on a weekend and Dussehra being a weekday we finally managed the required 4 day leave, which obviously did not suffice so some more visits to this quaint little town definitely on the cards.
Our cousin stays in Dwarahat, the actual reason for our visit.
Dwarahat = Dwara-way and Hat-heaven. It is famous for the various temples situated in and around Dwarahat, some of them dating back to the 11th century. A 15 km drive from Dwarahat will take you to the base of the Dunagiri temple. A 350-400 steps (approx.) climb will take you to where the temple/deity is located. Do not miss the Parvati Jhoola, a huge swing located right at the edge. Enjoy breathtaking views on the way to and from the temple complex, that is if you are lucky enough and clouds do not play spoil sport. Dwarahat to Dunagiri and then back would normally take about 2-3 hours. Couple of other places to visit: Chaukhutia approx 19 kms from dwarahat, Kausani is a one and half hours drive from Dwarahat. KMVN Kausani is the topmost point and will offer excellent views of the himalayan range. If visiting during the summers, you might want to take a dip in the river bed in Chaukhutia. A Hanuman temple is located right in front of the river bed, pay a visit.
Shopping of Apricot products (natural products) is a must when you visit Dwarahat. The local markets have ATM's.
Four days was not enough to visit all the places in and around Dwarahat, so we could only manage a visit to the Dunagiri temple, Chaukhutia and Kausani. Ranikhet can be visited on the way to Dwarahat. Dwarahat is 37 kms (approx.) from Ranikhet. Let me put down the route we took to reach Dwarahat: Delhi - Ghaziabad - Hapur - Gajraula - Moradabad (byepass) - Rampur - take a left from Rampur bus stand to be on the Rampur Rudrapur highway via Bilaspur - Rudrapur - Haldwani - Kathgodam - Ranikhet - Dwarahat. Stopover at Hotel Mayur, Ranikhet for lunch. It is located just after the market ends, in front of the bus depot. Tank up at Ranikhet (suggested). The Rampur - Rudrapur highway is in a bad state and so is the Bazpur - Tanda route, so one can take either route after Moradabad. Also, Ranikhet can be reached via Nainital or Bhowali, distance is pretty much the same. The Bhimtal byepass is in bad condition, probably has not been repaired since the monsoons and can definitely be avoided, take the regular route instead. Delhi to Dwarahat can take anywhere between 10-12 hours, depending on stoppages, traffic and road conditions, but Dwarahat is definitely worth a visit. Dwarahat does not have too many stay options so please feel free to reach out to me for accommodation details. One can also choose to halt at either Ranikhet or Kausani, distance from Delhi and time taken will vary. Keep moving folks..Bon Voyage :)
Written October 31, 2012
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Dilip S
Vadodara, India1,121 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
31st October being earmarked for visits to Dwarhat and Katarmal , we left Trishul TRH at 0830 for 46 km away Dwarhat ( 1650 m ) , popular for its 55 ancient temples divided in 8 groups , original capital of Katyuri dynasty . Dwarhat , a small town at the cross roads of Almora – Badrinath road and Kausani – Ranikhet road , situated on the bank of Gagas river originating from the nearby Dunagiri mountain . We visited the ruins of the seven groups , there was no trace of the eighth one .

Badrinath group of temples :
There were three temples in this group , of which the main temple was dedicated to Lord Vishnu , worshiped as Baddrinath . Facing east , it was panchratha on plan standing on a highly raised platform comprised of Garbhgrih , Antral and Mandap . However Mandap was no more existed . The elevation consisted of the Adhisthan mouldings of kumbha, kalash and kapota-pattika followed by Nagar Shikhar consisting of fine Bhumi Amlak topped with Kalasha. The jangha was simple devoid of any ornamentation . The black stone image of Vishnu had an inscription of Samvat 1105 , suggesting the temple was constructed in 1048 . There were two more miniature shrines in the group , one was dedicated to Goddess Laxmi while other was of Banasur .

Bandeo group of temples :
Standing amidst the cultivated fields on the bank of Khiru Ganga , this pyramidical shrine , known as Pahmnas Shikhar , rectangular in plan having the Shikhar composed of receding horizontal courses of projected and sunk moulding called Pidha belonged to Pidha Deval . The temple was without any shrine when visited .

Gujar Deo Temple :
Though in a dilapidated condition , this temple was a masters piece of temple architecture of Sekhari Shikhar type in which the Shikhar of the temple was composed of small replicas of Latin Sihkhar arranged in receding order one above another . It was an orthogonal temple with panchratha plan having subsidiary components like Mandap , Gudhamandap , Rangamanadap, Mukhamandap and Arddhhamandap . Stylistically the temple belonged to 13th century .

This was the majestic temple reached after a 5 minutes walk from the Dwarhat market . After entering the large compound we walked a good distance to climb a flight of 7 steps to reach an edifice . After walking several steps on this we climbed 7 steps again to reach a vast plinth on which this temple stood . The plinth displayed an intricate carving . Lower part of the plinth had carved downward lotus design on which a layer of Kirtimukhas supporting elephants whose trunks were demolished . Elephants supported the top layer of the plinth depicting minor Gods , Goddesses and geometric designs .

The temple was in utterly ruined state . The Amalak shila had fallen in front of the entrance to the temple . The dilapidated walls had beautiful carvings of Gods , Goddesses , Apsaras , Vyals , etc . But as most of them were beyond recognition , I could recognise only Vishnu holding a Chakra horizontally in his index finger of the right upper hand and putting forward his right foot .

Kacheri Deval group of temples :
There were twelve shrines in this group , five each in two rows while the remaining two stood separately on higher terrace . These temples were relatively small but belonged to the Ratan Deo temples . These shrines had a common portico with series of free standing pillars with plain shafts and brackets in front . These temples were dedicated alternatively to Shiv and Vishnu . This could be proved from the existence of an outlet for sacrificial water (somasutra) which had to be provided in a Linga and the pedestal against the back-wall to install the image of Vishnu . Stylistically, these temples belonged to 11th – 13th centuries .

Kutumbari Temple :
There was no temple when we visited the site . It was in dilapidated condition till 1960 . Later on villagers took away the fallen parts of the temple and used the same as bunds in their farms and pillars in their walls .

Maniyan group of temples :
There were nine shrines in Maniyan group . Four shrines were built in a such way that they constituted a single component with a common courtyard in the front . Images of the Jain thirthankars on lintel of three shrines suggested that these shrines were dedicated to Jain sect .However , remaining shrines seemed to be dedicated to Brahmincal deities . Stylistically this group of temple belonged to 11th - 13th centuries .

Mritunjaya group of temples :
This was one of the most sacred groups of temple . Main temple was dedicated to Lord Shiv , known as a Mritunjaya (Vanquisher of death) . Other temples in this group belonged to Bhairav and unknown Gods . Facing east , this Nagara Sikhara temple was thriratha on plan consisting of Garbhgrih , Antaral and Mandap in the same axis . Stylistically this temple belonged to 11th -12th centuries .

Ratan Deo group of temples :
Out of nine shrines in the group , six ones were intact .Three temples each belonging to Brahma , Vishnu and Mahesha were standing on a common platform preceded by a north facing common oblong Mandap . One shrine on the west and other two on the east facing each other belonged to other Brahmanical deities . With curvilinear element in Shikhar , the Ratan Deo shrines had a Tringa bada . The volume of the jangha seemed to be more than that of the Shikhar . Stylistically the temples were constructed in 11th – 13th centuries .

5 km away from Dwarhat market towards Shimal Gaun was another extraordinary Shiv temple , known as Vibhandeshwar templeconstructed in 1319 at the confluence of Surabhi and Nandini rivers . The temple was a simple Nagar Shikhar type whose Shikhar was protected by usual wooden Pahari shelter . The temple was painted in white while the shelter was painted in red . The extraordinary thing about the temple was its Shalunka which was not in the usual Yoni form , but by beautifully created by a coiled cobra couple
Written January 15, 2015
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New Delhi, India120 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
Kafra village. Temples in Dwarahat. Dunagiri Temple is one th best place near Dwarahat. you can hire car/ jeep/ sumo for this temple or public transport is also available for that.
Written September 9, 2014
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New Delhi, Delhi, India1 contribution
Nov 2012 • Friends
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Written November 14, 2012
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Bokaro Steel City, India492 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
Dwarhat is an ancient village full of beautiful temples and breathtaking sceneries. It is a place of special inheritance and of religious importance. It is the home of about 55 odd ancient temples built in the medieval ages by the Katyuri Kings.It has historically significant, these temples house some of the most revered deities in Hindu Mythology . Dwarahat provides scenic views of the mighty Himalayan peaks such Kailash Mansoravar, Dunagiri and others.
Written July 26, 2018
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Roamwithom S
Los Angeles76 contributions
Mar 2013 • Friends
Our visit with Roamwithom the tour took us to a place of pristine Dwarahat, forest a trek to Mahavatar Babajis cave in these Kumon hills incomparable. Listening to silence as we walked thru the path that led to abode of the former home (cave of Lahiri Mahasaya) A pilgrimage so subtle the experiences can go by un-noticed in these hills of Dwarahat, Almora
We stayed at the YSS SRF retreat in the village there was also a school of lovely eager faces there. In the village is a archeological site of temples -filled with prayers and butter lamps of long ago that lend a patina of worship on the walls. (see my pictures} Stay a month.. It will soothe your soul.
Written September 24, 2013
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