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Champawat district,Uttarakhand

Champawat district is a district of Uttarakhand state in northern India. The town of Champawat is the administrative headquarters. The district is divided into five tehsils: Barakot, Champawat, Lohaghat, Pati, Purnagiri.

Champawat district is part of the eastern Kumaon division of Uttarakhand. It is bounded on the north by Pithoragarh district, on the east by Nepal, on the south by Udham Singh Nagar district, on the west by Nainital district, and on the northwest by Almora district.

As of 2011 it is the second least populous of the 13 districts of Uttarakhand, after Rudraprayag.

Mythology
Champwat is believed to the place where the Kurmavtar (the turtle incarnation of Lord Vishnu) took place.
History
Champawat was formerly the capital of the Chand dynasty rulers. The Baleshwar Temple built by the Chand rulers in the 16th century is an excellent monument with marvelous stone carving works.
Shaani Mandir
In Maurari (Banlekh) Village is a Famous Temple, Shaani Mandir (Manokamna Purn Mandir Kaula ). It Temple is near to Champawat, 10 km south from Main Market Champawat. Here come many visitors, keep theirs wishs for bright future. It’s environment is very Clean & Fine. In present Mr. Ghanshyam Joshi is Main Pujari of this temple. Temple’s Social Worker & fully helpful persons are Mr. Narayan Datt Joshi (Ex. Branch Post Master), Mr. Shankar Datt Joshi & Mr. Ramesh Chandra Joshi(Kashan).
Geography
Champawat is located at 29.33°N 80.10°E.It has an average elevation of 1,610 metres (5,280 feet).