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Kasar Devi and its connection to Machu Picchu in Peru and Stonehenge in the UK

Did you know that places like Machu Picchu in Peru and Stonehenge in the UK might have ties to a small village in the Kumaon region of India? Well, if you thought there could be no connection, read on to find out more about this hidden gem.

It is the Kasar Devi located in the Kumaon area which may not have been a popular tourist destination, but which has long attracted artists, mystics, philosophers and spiritual seekers. You would find it hard to believe that famous personalities like Swami Vivekananda, Bob Dylan, Rabindranath Tagore, Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary, DH Lawrence and many more have visited this place for one reason or another. And, if the records are to be believed, in 1890 it is believed that Swami Vivekananda meditated in a cave on this mountain.


Cut to the chase, what makes this place intriguing is its reported positioning on the Van Allen belt. The place surrounding the Kasar Devi temple is believed to have a huge geomagnetic field, due to gaps in the radiation bands. This is the reason why Kasar Devi is believed to have cosmic energy similar to Machu Picchu in Peru and Stonhenge in the UK.

It is believed that due to the presence of these fields, one can have an ultimate relaxing experience here. Of course, those who have meditated here claim that they might feel a kind of unique calm here even though there is no scientific evidence to support the same.

While a number of people claim that NASA backed up the Kasar Devi claims, there has been no official confirmation and it might as well just be an urban legend. Of course, the place in the Himalayas is serene and calmer than most other places you could have been, which makes it easier to meditate.

If you also visit this place, be sure to walk to the ancient temple dedicated to Kasar Devi, considered an incarnation of Goddess Durga. It is nestled on a hill which overlooks a village which bears the name of Kasar Devi. This beautiful yet simple temple is surrounded by green forests and dates back to the 2nd century.

According to records, the main temple was carved out of a cave and existed for around 2000 years, while its current structure was developed in 1948.

  1. What is special about Kasar Devi?
    What makes this place fascinating is its positioning on the Van Allen Belt. This means that the place surrounding the Kasar Devi temple has a huge geomagnetic field, due to gaps in the radiation bands.
  2. Where is Kasar Devi located?
    Located in the Kumaon area, which may not have been a popular tourist destination, this place has long attracted artists, mystics, philosophers and spiritual seekers.
  3. What temple is here?
    Nestled on top of a hill is this ancient temple dedicated to Kasar Devi, believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga.