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Almora District (Uttarakhand)
Posted Date: 12 Jan 2009 Posted By: Tony John Member Level: Gold Points: 0
|Author: bharat bhushan singh 02 Apr 2009 Member Level: Silver Points: 5 (Rs 2)|
|Almora web page:http://almora.nic.in/frame.htm|
Superintendent of Police
office phone: 05962-230007
Regional Tourist Officer: 05962-230180
Adventure Tourism Officer: 05962-237760
District Information Officer:05962-230209
|Author: Latha Jayaprakash 18 Jun 2010 Member Level: Gold Points: 25 (Rs 25)|
|Almora District is situated in the state of Uttaranchal / Uttarakhand in India with town Almora as its administrative headquarters. Almora District is placed in the Kumaon Division of the state Uttarakhand. |
History of the Almora District
Almora was an ancient town under the possession of Katyuri King Baichaldeo, who later donated a major portion of the land to to a Gujrati Brahmin Sri Chand Tiwari. Later when the Chand kingdom was founded the town of Almora was also born. The town was founded by Kalyan Chand and was called Rajapur in the earlier days.
Almora is formed on the horse shoe shaped ridge. While the eastern ridge was known as Talifat, the western part was Selifat. Both these parts are connected the market which is the top of the ridge. The stone slabs covered market is a little more than two kilometers long and the present cantonement was earlier known as Lalmandi. Malla Mahal of the Chand kings was located where the present Collectorate is and Talla Mahal was where the present District hospital exists.
The city of Temples Almora
Temples of Almora can be divided in to Saivite and Vaishnavite temples. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity in Kal Bhairava, Batuk Bhairav, Shah Bhairav, Garhi Bhairava, Anand Bhairava, Gaur Bhairava, Bal Bhairava and Khutkuniya Bhairava It is said that these 8 bhairavas keep watch at the 8 gates of the City of Shiva.
There are 9 temples dedicated to Devi / Durga, namely Patal Devi or Patreshwari Devi, Yakshini Devi, Rajrajeshwari Devi, Tripura, Nanda, Ulka Devi, Sitla Devi, Kot Kalika and Durga Ratneshwari. You can also find other temples which are dedicated to Viswanath, Someshwar and Kshetrapal in these areas.
Among the Vaishnavite temples Siddha Narsimha endowed by the Gorkhalis is an important one, Raghunath temple was endowed by Raja Mohan Singh Chand in 1788. There are four temples namely Bhitla Ganesh, Gairi Ganesh, Nanda Devi Ganesh and Siddha Ganesh dedicated to Lord Ganesh. With all these temples and their continuation of the old and orthodox rites and rituals gives the name "the city of temples " to Almora.
How to Reach Almora
Pant Nagar airport is the nearest airport to Almora and is about 127 kilometers away from Almora. The area is easily accesible through Rail and by Road.
Kathogadem which is about 90 kilometers away from Almora is the nearest railway station. Kathogadem is well connected to most of the cities in India, like Dehradun, Kolkatta and Lucknow, through railways and is connected directly to Delhi the capital city of India.
Uttaranchal State Road transpot corporation has buses runnig at all times to and from Almora to almost all the cities nearby. Delhi is just 380 kilometers away from Almora, Lucknow is 466 kilometers and Dehradun about 415 kilometers.
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