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Kotdwar


Kotdwar is only plain town of this mountainous district having most of the industrial potential. Situated at the bank of river Khoh in the Bhabar region of Himalayan foothills, its altitude is 650 meters from sea level. It is one of the hottest places in the district. Kotdwar is a tehsil in Pauri Garhwal district in Indian state of Uttarakhand. Its old name was Khohdwar, which means the gateway of the river Khoh: as Kotdwar is located on the bank of river Khoh so it was named Kotdwar. It is situated in the south-western part of state and is one of the main entrance points in the state of Uttarakhand.

Kotdwar Railway station, established in 1890 by the Britishers is one of the oldest railway stations of the country. Being the gateway of Himalayan Region, Kotdwar rail route was used for timber transportation from Himalayan Region. First Passenger train ran in the year 1901. Kotdwar is famous for its several temples like the Sidhbali Temple which is situated at a distance of 2 km from Kotdwar. Sidhbali Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is visited by hundreds of believers all round the year.

 

As per the Nath community Guru Gorakhnath and their pupil, who are known as Sidh (Saint) meditated here for long time. So many saints have been meditated here for a long time. Some of them are Baba Sitaram ji, Baba Gopal Das Ji, Baba Narayan Das Ji & saint Sevadas Ji. Falahari Baba Ji meditated here for so many years.

 

As per the historians Saint Sidhwa (14th Century) also meditated here who is worshipped as Sidh in this place.

 

The temple is surrounded by rushing Khoh river and the splendid mountains range. The temple was once broken almost one third due to land slide a few years ago, but miraculously survived and now standing on top of the town as an icon of the city. It is believed that Hanumanji himself supported temple structure on his shoulders. 

Uttarakhand the land of god has been sanctified by the presence of spiritual vibration sages and seers have experienced this divine bliss in totality since time immemorial.  They have experienced the charms of solitude and celestial bliss. The believer have been blessed with the sound of silence and bliss of the soul. To them, the sound of silence was more effective and eloquent than the words themselves in the tranquillity of these far flung hills. When the aesthetic science touches some plane of intuition, it is called mysticism reaches the pinnacle of glory, it is known as spirituality.

History tells us that in the ancient time, Kotdwar was known as 'Kaumud Dwar' which was renamed as Kotdwar during the British regime. Sidhapeeth Sidhabali is situated at Kotdwar. It is said that this sacred place had been seat of penance of the seers of Nath sect. In accordance with a belief, there is an account in Gorakh Purana that Guru Gorakhnath, the incarnation of the Lord Shiva and the founder of Nath sect, happened to be an erudite in occult science who obtained a commitment from Lord Hanuman regarding the safety and care of Sidhapeeth Shri Sidhabali. In observance of the said commitment, the lord Hanuman takes care of the welfare of the devotees of Shri Sidhbali.

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