Just about 36 KM from our place is a small group of ancient temples. They are known as Trinetreshwara and Ekadash Rudra Mahadeva Temples. Local populations simply call them Trinetra Mahadeva Temples.

Trinetra Mahadeva Temple at Bamanswal
Trinetra Mahadeva Temple at Bamanswal

Built between the 9th and 12th centuries, these sixteen Shiv temples are archaeological treasures that are not as well-known as the other famous temples in the region. Built in almost the same style as the Jageshwar Dham temples, these are also made by placing sculpted stones one on top of the other, without the use of any mortar.

Trinetra Mahadeva Temples next to a mountain stream
Trinetra Mahadeva Temples next to a mountain stream

A mountain stream flows just next to these temples. Confluence of Supe and Suyal river tributaries is also there. Apart from the main group of temples, there is a smaller group of temples also close-by. This can be reached by crossing a small pedestrian bridge.

Small temples near Trinetra Mahadeva
Small temples near Trinetra Mahadeva

Some of the statues and artifacts have been moved to a small room for their safety. These can also be seen from outside through the windows. Some stones have also been removed from the top of the temples and kept on the floor next to them. These also have a shivling and are also revered.

Stone from top of a temple, with a shivling
Stone from top of a temple, with a shivling

The inner sanctums of these temples also have statues of Vishnu, Surya, Laxmi Narayan, Kartikeya, and Uma Mahesh. Some of the statues of Jain Tirthankars were also present here that have now been shifted to the museum in Almora.

This is a very small group of temples but a pleasant spot to visit and enjoy.

Temples near Trinetra Mahadeva
Temples near Trinetra Mahadeva