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Kasar Devi, Almora

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#2 of 10 in Historic Sites in Almora
It may not look it, but Kasar Devi possibly dates back to the 2nd century. Surrounded by trees, the temple has attracted the likes of Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Allen Ginsberg, and Swami Vivekananda. The hilltop location provides some of the best views in the area. Put Kasar Devi into our Almora trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Almora.
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  • This is where the hippie paradise starts in Almora. Located on a cliff, the Temple has a lot of monkeys. The most amazing view of Almora is here. You can see the entire town from here. It is breathtak...  more »
  • The temple is situated at some height. You cannot take your car to the temple. So you have to hike a bit to reach the temple. Architecturally speaking, there is nothing special about the place. View i...  more »
  • A perfect place to witness the sunset. It’s a small trek of 10 minutes to reach the top. A small cave temple with idol of Bhagwati is enshrined. Must visit place if you are a sunset fan.  more »
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  • It is about 7 km from Almora city. Take some share vehicle or your own vehicle if you hire a taxi they charges too much. If we talk about the place it's a beautiful place you can fell like heaven here in aspects of silence and nature beauty further you can see the trans himalayas from here.
  • It is a very calm and scenic place to visit.. Those who are admirer of Swami Vivekananda must visit here. You can enjoy the beautiful landscape of hills from here.
  • Something really surreal and beautiful about this place, amazing to get lost in your thoughts. Great sunset point.
  • Six kilometers from Almora, Kasar Devi temple is a serene spot to visit. There a several Hindu and Budhhist temple with a small cave in Kasar Devi. Kasar Devi is a village near Almora, Uttarakhand. It is known for the Kasar Devi temple, a Devi temple, dedicated to Kasar Devi, after whom the place is also named. The temple structure dates to the 2nd century CE. Swami Vivekananda visited Kasar Devi in 1890s, and numerous western seeker, Sunyata Baba Alfred Sorensen and Lama Anagarika Govinda. A place also known for Crank's Ridge, just outside the village, which was popular destination during the Hippie movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and continues to attract trekkers and tourists, both domestic and foreign. Kasar Devi first became known when in the 1890s, Swami Vivekananda visited and meditated here and has mentioned his experience in his diaries. Walter Evans-Wentz, a pioneer in the study of Tibetan Buddhism, who later translated The Tibetan Book of the Dead, stayed here for some time. Then in the 1930s, Danish mystic Sunyata Baba (Alfred Sorensen) came here and lived here the over three decades, as did Ernst Hoffman, who became Tibetan Buddhist Lama Anagarika Govinda and Li Goutami. This led to a series of spiritual seekers from the west, visiting them. In 1961, Govinda was visited by Beat poets, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gary Snyder. In later history, at the peak of the Hippie movement, the area also became a part of the Hippie trail. Crank's Ridge, colloquially known as Hippie Hill, which lies ahead of Kasar Devi became a popular destination. It became home to several bohemian artists, writers and western Tibetan Buddhists, and even visited by mystic-saint Anandamayi Ma. The ridge got its name amongst hippy circles, after American psychologist Timothy Leary streaked here in the 1960s. Leary wrote majority of his ‘psychedelic prayers’ here. Thus, through the 1960 and 1970s, the area was visited by personalities of the counter-culture, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Cat Stevens, Western Buddhist Robert Thurman, and writer D. H. Lawrence, who spent two summers here. The village is mainly known for the Kasar Devi temple, the shrine dedicated to Kasar Devi. The temple itself, dates back to the 2nd century CE. A winding walkway from gateway on the main road, right the beginning of the village, leads up to the temple. The area is home to deodar and pine forests. It also provides views not just of Almora and the Hawabagh Valley, but also of the panoramic view of the Himalayas from Bandarpunch peak on the Himachal Pradesh border to Api Himal in Nepal. A large fair, known as Kasar Devi Fair, is held at the Kasar Devi temple on the occasion of Kartik Poornima in the Hindu calendar, corresponding to November and December. This temple has been found to be of special importance because the region around this temple has enormous geomagnetic field. This is because this temple comes under the Van Allen Belt. The causes behind the formation of this belt have been researched by NASA for the last two years. Two other famous places which have been found to have similar high magnetic field (Van Allen Belt) are Machu Picchu in Peru and Stone Henge in England. It is interesting to note that people who have meditated at Kasar Devi have expressed a degree of higher rejuvenation and have attached special importance to it.
  • Most beautiful place.. full view of almora.. and nice place for meditation...
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