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Pilgrimages of Uttarakhand - Almora district

Almora is in the east of Uttarakhand, in the Kumaon Himalayan region. One can get the breathtaking view of the Himalayas from this place. The name Kumaon is believed to have been from "Kurmanchal", the land of Kurma Avatara of Sri Vishnu.

Dwarahat:

Doonagiri temple 32 km from Ranikhet.

Nature:
Wide valley of river Ramganga. 10 kms away is a hillock which is said to contain Sanjivani herb.

Temples:
The Doonagiri temple is atop the hillock. Goddess Durga is there in the midst of dense forest and tea estate.

Some distance from Dwarahat is Naithan Devi temple.

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga:

Sri Nageshwara Jyotirlinga, Dwarka district, Gujrat & Hingoli district, Maharashtra & Almora district, Uttarakhand Sri Nageshwara Jyotirlinga, Dwarka district, Gujrat Aundha Nagnath Jyotirlinga, Hingoli district, Maharashtra Jageshwar Mahadev Temple, Almora district, Uttarakhand Puranic Event:
The Nageshwara Jyotirlinga is situated in Darukavana. Lord Shiva saved his disciple Supriya (a vaishya) from demon Daruka in this place. Daruka was very proud of his strength and harassed people. He imprisoned Supriya and other merchants. Supriya, a great devotee of Shiva, along with other merchants worshipped Shiva in the prison devoutedly. When the demons tried to kill him, Lord Shiva appeared before Supriya and gave him the Pasupata Astra, with which Supriya killed all the demons.
(from Shiva Purana, Koti-Rudra Samhita - Ch 30)


Pilgrimage 1:
The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is identified with the Nageshwara temple on the coast of Saurashtra in the route between Dwarka city and island of Beyt Dwarka, in the Devbhoomi Dwarka district of Gujarat. It is believed that this is the Darukavana mentioned in the puranas.

Pilgrimage 2:
The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is also identified with the Aundha Nagnath temple located in the Hingoli district of Maharashtra.

Pilgrimage 3:
The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is further identified with The Jageshwar Mahadev temple (1870 m) in Almora district of Uttarakhand. This is located in a narrow and beautiful valley in the confluence of streams Nandini and Surabhi, which flow down the hills and meet here.

For more details refer to Nageshwar Jyotirlinga from Shiva Purana.


Katarmal (2116 m):

Katarmal Sun temple 17 km north-west of Almora.

Temples:
Temple of Sun God, 800 years old. It is a monument of national importance.

Manila:

85 km from Ranikhet.

Nature:
Forest and Himalayan view.

Temples:
Manila Devi temple, the family goddess of Katyuri kings.

Patal Bhuvaneshwar:

Patal Bhuvaneshwar 110 km from Almora.

Nature:
Underground natural cave. There is a vertical tunnel of 40 m which opens to several underground caves with natural carvings of animals, gods and goddesses.

Temples:
The caves are believed to be the abode of 33 crore deities.



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Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
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4. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

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6. Puranas: Puranic Events

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