kms from Pithoragarh, Champawat
is situated 1615 mts. above sea level & was originally the capital
of Chand Rajas of Kumaon. It was at Champawat that Lord Vishnu is
said to have appeared in Kurmavatar hence Kumaon came to be known
small fort and the temples of Baleshwar, Champadari, Ratneshwar
and Durga adorn the city. Champawat is famous not only from historical,
sculptural and archaeological point of view but also for its abundant
places worth seeing near Champawat are Narsinh Danda, Hingia Devi,
Hidimba Ghatokach temple, Maneshwar, Karanteshwar and temple of
Surya at village Ramak.
Season: Round the year
Baleshwar is the most artistic temple of the district. There
are evidences to the effect that the group of temples dedicated
to Baleshwar, Ratneshwar and Champawati Durga had been built by
the early kings of the Chand dynasty. The temple once had intricate
structural features and a sanctuary with a 'mandap'. The intricate
carvings still visible on the ceilings of these temples are an evidence
of their ancient glory and artistic excellence.
A deity of widespread faith and influence, Gwal Devta also known
as Goril or Goll, is considered to be the presiding deity of justice.
It is believed that when approached, Gwal Devta dispenses justice
to a helpless victim of injustice and cruelty. Historically, Goril
a Katyuric prince of Champawat, known for his unwavering justice
and fair play, was himself a victim of planned conspiracy hatched
up by his step mother, who had him thrown into a river, locked up
in an iron cage. Held in high esteem as a symbol of justice, a temple
was constructed in his honour after his demise at Golchaurh in Champawat.
Ever since, he has grown into a deity of great influence. The
At a distance of 45 kms. from Lohaghat, Devidhura is famous for
its Barahi temple where the traditional Bagwal (fair) is held once
every year on the festival of Raksha Bandhan.
To the east of Champawat, the temple dedicated to Kranteshwar
Mahadev is situated on the top of a lofty hill. It is also called
Kurmapad and Kandev.
Punyagirl Temple: (94 kms) It is one of the most famous temples
of Kumaon. Thousands of pilgrims
visit the shrine during the period April to June. A distance of
3 kms has to be trekked from Tunyas.
Ashram: (22 kms) Headquarters of Adwait Ashrarn, it was sanctified
by Swami Vivekanand and is also known for its charming surroundings.
Mount: (22 kms) Situated amongst thick forests of oak and deodar,
Abbot Mount is one of Kumaon's idyllic hill resort for peaceful
Fair & festival
Purnagiri is located on the top of a hill and is 20kms. from Tanakpur.
It is on the right bank of the river kali. A number of fairs take
place here during Navratras, when devotees in a large number come
from surrounding areas to have a darshan and worship the Goddess
Purnagiri. The fair starts from Vishuwat Sanskranti and continues
for about forty days.
Devi Dhura Fair
This fair takes place at Varahidevi temple in Devidhura, situated
at the border of Almora, Pithoragarh
and Nainital districts. It is
held every year on the day of Rakshabandhan. An unique feature of
this fair is the image of Goddess Varahi kept in a locked brass
casket. The casket is taken out in a procession to a nearby mountain
spring where a blindfolded priest ritually bathes the image and
puts it back in the casket. The Goddess is worshipped whole night
and the next morning and exciting ' Bagwaal' fair takes place. The
event is marked by two groups of people fighting a battle in front
of the temple, throwing stones at each other, while they try to
protect themselves by using big roof-like shields. Thousands of
people gather to watch this event. The fighting stops soon after
the priest appears and both sides meet and reconcile.
Murti Ka Mela
On this day the mother of Shri Badrinathji is worshipped, and a
large fair held at the Badrinath
Temple in the month of September According to a legend, when river
Ganga humanity, she spread into twelve channels. The spot where
the river tumbled became Lord Vishnu's adobe. The place came to
be known as Badrinath. The Mata
Murti Temple is dedicated to the mother of Sri Badrinathji.
Air: Nearest Airport - Pant Nagar, 206 Kms.
Rail: Nearest railhead is Kathgodam, 180 kms.
Road: Bageshwar is well
connected with all the major towns of the state. Nainital,
233 kms, Haldwani. 193 kms & Tanakpur, 75 kms Pithoragarh