Excursion In Udham Singh Nagar

June 30, 2009 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Swati Singh




Udham Singh Nagar is surrounded by the exotic Himalayan ranges and stand at an elevation of 550 mts above the sea level. The district is located in the Terai region, and is part of Kumaon Division. It is bounded on the north by Nainital District, on the northeast by Champawat District, on the east by Nepal, and on the south and west by Uttar Pradesh state. The district was created in October 1995 out of Nainital District. The district was named in memory of Late Shri Udham Singh who was a great freedom fighter and who killed General Dyre after the brutal Jaliyanwala Bagh massacre.





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Atariya Temple

Atariya Temple

Atariya Temple is situated in Rudrapur which is 15 kms from Udham Singh Nagar at an elevation of 630 mts above the sea level. Atariya Temple is situated 2 km from the Rudrapur bus stand and is considered as one of the famous tourist attractions. The Atariya Temple is dedicated to Goddess Atariya and is a chief religious centre which is associated with a mythological legend. According to the legend it is believed that King Rudra's chariot got stuck in the marshy area when he was passing by. This encouraged him to build this temple and a well at that spot. Every year during the occasion of 'Navratras' a large fair is held here for 10 days and thousands of devotees come to seek the blessings of Goddess Atariya.

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Chaiti Devi Temple

Chaiti Devi Temple

Chaiti Temple situated 60 kms from Rudrapur at an elevation of 218 mts from the sea level. Chaiti Temple is a sacred Hindu shrine adorned in Kashipur which carries lot of historical importance and also religious fervor. The city is famous for its religious and mythical significance, as its name has been mentioned in the epic tale of Mahabharata that has been confirmed by the Archeological Survey of India. Every year in the month of March during 'Navratras' the temple hosts a grand Chaiti Mela or fair and lakhs of pilgrims come here to worship the Goddess from various places.

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Drona Sagar

Drona Sagar

Drona Sagar is situated 57 kms from Rudrapur is associated with the story of the Pandavas. Drona Sagar is believed to be associated with Guru Dronacharya, teacher of the Pandavas and the Kauravas in the epic Mahabharata. As per the Skanda Purana (holy text), the water of Drona Sagar is as holy as that of the Ganges. At present a huge pond with lotus flowers is situated here. The pond is surrounded by temples of various deities. Earlier, there were 32 temples around the periphery of this pond. The excavated site at Drona Sagar is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.

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Kashipur

Kashipur

Kashipur Temple situated 57 kms from Rudrapur. Kashipur is named after Kashinath Adhikari, the founder of the township and one of the officers of the Chand rulers of Kumaon in the middle age. Kashipur was known as Govishan during the time of harsha (606-647 AD), when Yuan-Chwang (631-641 AD) visited this region. The ruins of the large settlement of those days are still to be seen near the city. Kashipur is an important industrial township. In autumn (after mansoon) one can see the snowclad peaks of Trishul and its surroundings.

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