Katarmal is known for its colossal and unique Surya temple. Katarmal Surya temple one of India’s oldest temples is the 2nd oldest temple of Surya. The Katarmal Surya temple was constructed during the terrain of Katarmalla, a Katyuri Ruler. It is not a single religious monument rather has 44 temples around the main temple of deity Surya. The other temples have the idols of other Gods and Goddess like Shiva-Parvathi and Lakshmi-Narayana. The place is no less than a pilgrimage home.
After an unfortunate incident of a rare idol been stolen from the temple, the other antiques such as carved doors were shifted to Delhi and are now glorifying the National Museum. The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958 has enlisted the Katarmal Surya temple as a monument of national importance. The Surya temple in Katarmal is well connected by a road and is at a distance of 17 km from Ranikhet. The other places like Almora and Haldwani too are linked by a 12 km and 120 km road.
Once a devotee comes here the zephyr and the aura of the temple ignite the purest flames. Once this happens then there is no end to the desire for a second pilgrimage journey to Katarmal Surya temple.
The temple has been constructed based on an invincible blueprint. The sun’s first rays come in the temple and that is like a sundial which doesn’t even loses a microsecond even after years. The majestic Katarmal Surya temple stands tall to show that the Hindu mythology was well advanced even as early as the 9th century and fails the latest technology.
Such rare monuments are gems to the Indian heritage and will continue to be the pride of the nation.