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Jageshwar Temple is The Cradle of The Twelve Jyotirlinga 

Jageshwar Dham- Abode of Lord Shiva for Meditation

Jageshwar is a very famous temple and is known as the abode of 12 jyotirlings, also referred to as Jageswar Temples or Jageshwar valley temples, are a group of over 100 Hindu temples dated between 7th and 12th century near Almora, in the Himalayan Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is also known as the temple town. It has over 124 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated at an elevation of 1870 metres above the sea level and at a distance of 37 kms from Almora. Jageshwar is an important tourist destination of Kumaon and receives thousands of visitors every year. This temple is believed to carry the Nagesh Jyotir linga of the twelve Jytoirlingas present in the country.

Most of the temples have stone lingams and very impressive stone images around the altar. A carved doorway leads to the sanctum. There is a tall shikhara surmounted by a capstone and a kalasha crown.

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History of Jageshwar Temple

There is no definite dating of the construction of Jageshwar group of temples but according to the ASI, they belong to the post-Gupta and pre-medieval eras and are estimated to be about 2500 yrs old. These temples range in the period from the 8th century (early Katyuri Dynasty) to the 18th century (Chand Dynasty).

The temples were renovated during the reign of Katyuri King Shalivahandev. There is an inscription of Malla Kings on the main temple premises indicating their devotion to Jageshwar. The Katyuri Kings also donated villages to the temple priests for its maintenance. The Chand Kings of Kumaun were also patrons of the Jageshwar temple.

Over 25 inscriptions of different periods are inscribed on the walls and pillars of the Jageshwar temples. Most of these belong to the period between the 7th century AD to 10th century AD. The dialect of inscriptions is Sanskrit and Brahmi.

Mythology of Jageshwar Dham

It is believed that Guru Adi Shankaracharya visited Jageshwar and renovated and re-established many temples before leaving for Kedarnath. The Samshan ghat of Jageshwar is also the cremation ground of the erstwhile Chand Kings. The main temple in the temple complex at Jageshwar Mahadev is dedicated to Bal Jageshwar, or the Child Shiva.

As per Legends, it is also believed that Lord Shiva have came down from his abode and meditate here, surrounded by the thick Deodar forest.

It is believed that Guru Adi Shankaracharya visited Jageshwar and renovated many temples before he left for Kedarnath.

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Staying in Jageshwar dham

Jageshwar doesn’t have lot of accommodation option available as the destination has only recently started attracting tourists. One can find few budget guesthouses set up in Jageshwar. Since Almora is only 35 km from Jageshwar, people usually book accommodation at Almora and visit Jageshwar as a day trip. Almora has all kinds of accommodation ranging from luxurious hotels and resorts to guesthouses and lodges.

Jageshwar Temple Timings

Days Temple Darshan Session Darshan Timings
Daily Temple Opening Timings 06:00
Daily Temple Darshan Timings 06:00 to 20:00
Daily Temple Closing Timings 20:00

Note:

The Jageshwar Temple Darshan Timings might change during festivals, occasional and special days.

Jageshwar Temple Pooja/Aarti Timings

Days Temple Pooja Session Pooja Timings
Daily Temple Opening Timings 06:00
Daily Temple Pooja Timings 06:00 to 20:00
Daily Temple Closing Timings 20:00

Note:

The Jageshwar Temple Pooja Timings might change during festivals, occasional and special days.

Jageshwar Dam Festivals and timings

The Jageshwar Monsoon Festival is held in between 15 July to 15 August. It takes place at Jageshwar during the Hindu calendar month of Shravan. The annual Maha Shivratri Mela (Shivratri festival), which takes place during spring has an important place in the calendar of the entire Kumaon region. 

Jageshwar is an all season pilgrimage and adventure destination. Summers are cool, heavy prolonged period of rain are possible in April- June and winters are cold with chances of snowfall as well.

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Places to Visit in Jageshwar

Kot Ling Mahadev

It is situated at the “Sangam” of Jata Ganga and Sam Ganga rivers. This place is around 2 km walk from the main temple complex of Jageshwar. A small mountainous trek leads to this place. Currently this place has ruins of an Old Shiva Temple.

Vinayak Kshetra

This place is 200 metres from Artola. From this place Vinayak Kshetra or sacred area begins. This place lies between Jhanker Saim temple,Vrudhh jageshwar and Koteshwar temples.

Jageshwar Mahadev

Tarun Jageshwar is one of the principal temples situated in the temple premises. The temple has two dwarapalas (door guardians) in the form of the armed Nandi and Skandi. This is a west facing temple of Shiva. Here, Shiva is worshipped in the form of Jageshwar. In the sanctorum of the temple, the Shivlinga is divided into two parts. The larger one depicts Shiva and smaller one depicts Parvati. An Akhand Jyoti burns in the temple. There are two Asthadhatu statues of King Deepchand and Tripalchand in the standing posture behind the Shivlinga.

Pushti Devi

It is the temple of Goddess Devi. The temple enshrines the full murti of Goddesses. This temple is situated in the main premises of Jageshwar.

Dandeshwar Shiv temple

It is situated slightly upstream from the Jageshwar temple complex, the Dandeshwar temple complex is in a dilapidated condition. The stone lingam is a natural rock.

Bud Jageshwar

This temple is situated three km north to Jageshwar. This temple is situated at the top of the hill and comes after an uphill trek. It is contemporary to Jageshwar group of temples.

Sri Mahamritunjaya Mahadev

The Mahamrityunjay temple is the largest and oldest temple in the Jageshwar temple complex. This temple of Shiva is eastern facing and the Linga is worshipped as the saviour from death. The unique linga has an eye shaped opening. Pilgrims believe that reciting the Mahamritunjaya Mantra is a fruitful and powerful method of self-realization, removal of evil effects, and freedom from all kinds of fears, illness and negativity.

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Jhanker Sam Mahadev

This temple is situated on the south of Jageshwar.

Activities in Jageshwar Dham

Temple City

Jageshwar is known for temple complex comprising of 124 large and small stone temples dating 9th to 13th century AD. Culture enthusiasts and historians visit the place to learn more about the ancient shrines and dynasties that built them.

Yoga and Meditation

Because of its tranquil and calm environment free from hustle bustle and city clammer and surrounded by dense deodar, Jageshwar is an ideal place for meditation where one could come close to nature.

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Camping

Camping is another good way to spend time with your family and friends to spend some quality time in the lap of nature. Being situated amidst the dense deodar trees, Jageshwar is an ideal place to camp and enjoy the beauty of nature.

How to reach

By Road

It is well connected with direct road links to Almora (35 km), Haldwani (131 km.), Pithoragarh (88 km) and Kathgodam. One can use state transport and private jeeps and taxis that ply from these places for Jageshwar regularly.

By Rail

The nearest railhead is the Khatgodam Railway Station at a distance of 150 km from the temple.

By Air

The nearest airport is the Pantnagar Airport at a distance of 150 km from the temple.

Best Time to Visit Jageshwar Temple

Jageshwar is an all season pilgrimage and adventure destination. Summers are cool as surrounded by forest, winters are cold with chances of snowfall as well.

  • Due to its temperate climate, Jageshwar can be visited all year round. Summers are cool and pleasant while winters are cold with little snowfall.
  • Finding an ATM or a petrol pump can be difficult at Jageshwar. Make sure you have taken care of these things at Almora before proceeding to Jageshwar.

Weather and Climate Guide of Jageshwar Dham

The temperature of Jageshwar between April and September is around 25°C-30°C (max) 10°C-15°C (min). The temperature falls through October and until March there may be cold frosty nights with slight change of snowfall. The monsoon occurs during July-September when heavy rainfall should be expected, heavy prolonged periods of rain are also possible from April-June.