In this enchanting spot, whose beauty has moved foreigners, from faraway lands to permanently settle there and get away from the humdrum, drab present day world is a rock inscription from an era long gone by (2nd century B.C.) to a beauteous Goddess Kasar Devi, worshipped by the ancient Kassites. The rocks 8km from Almora in an area called Upreti Khola, while nearer (7km) is an old temple atop a hill, overlooking the snowy heights beyond, also dedicated to the doddess. There are Budhhist and Hindu temples at Kalimath and a small cave at Kasar Devi, where Vivekananda had meditated in 1890. The Budkhist scholar Govinda Anagrika Lama and his painter wife Li Gotami used to live close by.
According to the Puranas, to kill Shumbh and Nishumbh, Devi Parvati took the form of Kaushiki and killed them. An inscription on a on a stone boulder says that the temple was constructed by a king named, Rudrak. Another inscription of the 6th-7th century records that a temple by the name of rudreshwar was also constructed. The place is known woman in her book ‘Parmeshwar ki Unchai” (the Height of God has given a visual depiction of the Devi temple.