Chitai Golu Devta Temple

About Chitai Golu Devta Temple
Vital Information for Visitors

Golu Devta Temple, Chitai, SH-37, Almora, Uttarakhand.

Open & Close:

Open on all days 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Morning)

05:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Evening)

Entry Fees:



Approx 1-2 hours

Presiding Deity :

Golu Devta – incarnation of Lord Shiva


Built by kings of Chand dynasty

Uttarakhand, a Himalayan state in India, is called as Dev Bhumi (Land of the gods). Almora has several temples dedicated various presiding deities. Golu Devta (God Golu) is regarded as the God of Almora city, so has immense religious and cultural significance. Golu Devta is the god of justice. The temple of God Golu is also known as Chitai Gwell. Chitai Golu Devta temple houses a statue of God Golu sitting on a horse with bow and arrows in his hands. In Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, God Golu is considered as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Chitai Golu Devta temple was built by a commander of Chand dynasty in the 12th century. Chitai Golu Devta temple is an important religious attraction of this place that is visited by a large number of tourists to seek celestial blessings. The temple is located 8 km from the town center dedicated to Lord Golu (a local deity of the Kumaon region). In the premises of this temple, one can see thousands of bells suspended everywhere that are hung by the faithful once their wishes are fulfilled. The immense natural beauty of Almora convokes large numbers of tourists each year. As per another story, Golu Devta was a general of army of Chand dynasty’s king Baj Bahadur (1638-1678) and he died while displaying gallantry in a war. Chitai Temple was built in Almora in his honor. This temple is surrounded by dense forests of Chir and Mimosa. Every year a large number of devotees come here to worship the deity.

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