The Chitai Temple is one of the major landmarks of Almora. The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva, who often reffered to as Golu Devta. This hilltop temple is visited by hundreds of devotees throughout the year with their offerings.
The temple was constructed in the 12th century by a general from the Chand dynasty. The temple became famous over the centuries as it helped people with food and shelter without turning them away.
The temple is also known for its unique collection of brass bells which have been gifted over the years by the devotees who would offer it as thanksgiving for prayers answered. The temple walls are covered with court stamp papers by devotees who did not receive justice in courts. Earlier, animal sacrifice was the norm but the practice has slowly come to a stop.
Travel Tips for Chitai Temple
- Wear comfortable clothing and footwear.
- Carry bottles of water.
- Beware of tour guides.
Additional Timing Details
- An early morning visit is recommended.
- Other recommended time to visit is from the months of October to March.
- Buses ply to the destination.
- Taxis are available.