The very famous Mahakali Temple is situated at Tehsil and block Gangolihat which is at a distance of 77 Km. from Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India. The place, Gangolihat is very much loaded with folk culture, folk music and a religious tradition. The place so much attracted to Yogi Sankaracharya that he established Devi Mahakali Shaktipeetha here.
As per the beliefs, this place is owned by Shaktipeeth Ma Mahishasurmardini as at this place, Devi Kali fought with the demon Mahishasur, in which demons Raktabeej and Chand Mund killed.
Currently, this shaktipeetha is situated underground. There is an approx. 3 feet tall idol of Devi is situated in the Garbhgriha. There are idols of Nandi at the right and Ganesha and Bhairava at the left side of Devi temple are situated. There is a Shriyantra which is believed to be installed by Guru Shankaracharya himself.
The temple is so much famous and believed that Maa Kali is protecting us from all the demons and bad creatures. Devi is so much trusted that even today, the soldiers of Kumaun Regiments calls loudly “Jai Haat Kali” before attacking to the enemies.