Anusuya Devi Temple is one of the famous holy temples of Uttarakhand which is located in Gopeshwar of Chamoli district. This temple is situated at an altitude of about 2000 meters from sea level. Sati Anusuya temple is located at a distance of 19 km from Gopeshwar town and 29 km from Chamoli town. It is situated in the way of the Gopeshwar-Chopta route. One has to first reach Mandal village and then trek for 6 km to reach the temple of Anusuya Devi. One of the famous pilgrim places in Chamoli District is the Anusuya Devi Temple, dedicated to the goddess Sati. She was the wife of Atri Muni, a great sage and one of the Sapta Rishis, It is said that Devi Anusuya was fully dedicated to her husband. Anusuya Mata Temple trek is a short one-day trek of some 6 km. The trek ends with a smooth climb through a beautiful village and a lush forest along the banks of a river.
Visiting the Anasuya temple, when the traveler approaches the temple, he first sees a magnificent idol of Ganesha, which is built on a rock. It is believed that Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshswara took the form of Anusya Devi’s sons and lived here. A large festival is organized here every year in the month of December during the time of Dattatreya Jayanti, attended by hundreds of devotees.
The Atri Muni Ashram is located at a distance of 2 km from the Anusuya Mata temple. The ashram is carved in the form of a cave. This place is believed as the only holy place in the world where devotees circumambulate around a river as a mark of reverence.
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