Dwarahat Temples

By Sanjeev Nayyar Sanjeev@esamskriti.com | 2012

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The archaeologieally and historically imp town of Dwarahat (1650 m) is situated at a distance of 38kms from Karna Prayag. There are 8 groups of ancient temples which are a splendid eg of the grandeur of Katyuri architecture ranging from the 10th to 11th century a.d. U see a side view of the main temple.

Remains of the temple ie has a plinth. Centre of pic is a dome. Intricate carvings at the plinth level and below. Temple is about a 5 minute walk from the main market. Temple area is enclosed, has a garden and houses on all sides. Dwarahat was once the capital of the Katyuri kings.

Intricate view of the carvings. Lower level has elephants whose trucks no longer exists. Super work. It is about 1 hour drive from Raniket. We drove in on our way back from Dunagiri.

A close up of the carvings at higher level, most of them damaged as you can see. At Dwarahat do visit The Yogoda Satsanga Society of India Ashram (associated with Mahavatar Babaji).

A side view of the plinth. Centre of pic is close up of dome that was originally on top of temple. Group of 8 temples are dedicated to Mrityunjay, Dhawj, Badrinath, Durga, Gujar Dev, Ratan Dev etc.

Well maintained garden. U see flowers with a rarely seen blue colored butterfly. As a place really liked Dwarahat - felt very good for the short time that was there.

A vertical pic of side of the temple. Note how upper portions of temple stone are placed. Temples are in many parts of Dwarahat. We visited just two since was tired after the trek to Pandukholi and Bhatkot.

Another group of temples about a 5 minute walk from the earlier one. No carvings.

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