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| Last Updated:: 21/09/2023












Dunagiri is a peak in the Kumaon region of Uttaranchal. The altitude of this peak is 7,066 m. It provides the longest view of the Himalayas in this region of Kumaon & Garhwal.  The other names with which this place is referred as are Dunagiri, Doonagiri or Drongiri. This place is majorly known for the Shakti temples that arefamous in the region of Kumaon. This temple is also referred as Dunagiri Devi temple.




As per the belief of the people belonging to this region the place has been visited by many savants who later built their respective ashrams at this place. Few of these sages can be named as Garg Muni, Sukhdev Muni etc. It is after the name of Garg Muni that river Gagas has been given while a place named Sukh Devi also belonged to this region where the ashram of Sukhdev muni was located.When Lakshman was bowed down by arrow shot by Indrajit during the period of Ramayana, Hanuman Ji brought the Sanjivani herb from Dronagiri or DronagiriMountainto save Lakshman’s life.Pandavas also has stayed at this place for sometime during their unspecified travel movement. Guru Dronacharya one of the gurus of Pandava’s also devoted his time to practice his tapasya at this place.  




During the medieval times in 9th century CE Adi Shankaracharya moved to this place to begin monastic orders.




Dunagiri is mentioned in Manas khand of Skanda Purana. Dunagiri Devi is described as Mahamaya Harpriya (Manaskhand, 36.17-18). Manaskhand of Skandpuran bestows Dunagiri with the title of Brahm-parvat (Divine Mountain). Among all the Shakti temples of Kumaon, Dunagiri is counted amid the most ancient ‘Sidhh Shaktipeeth’, as a primary ‘ugra’ (intense) ‘peeths’ - called ‘Ugra Peeth’. This Shaktipeeth in its essence has been influenced over time by Shaiva, Vaishnav and Shakt practices.