Jageswar

A time travel to the ancient era enraptured with spiritual bliss 

Jageshwar Temple Complex. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Jageshwar Temple Complex. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

Located 36 kms north- East of Almora and about 101 Kms away from Nainital in the Almora district of Uttarakhand lies this small yet beautiful Hindu temple complex of Jageswar dedicated to Lord Shiva. Perched at an altitude of 1870mts ( 6140ft) above the sea level Jageswar is nestled in the Jataganga river valley near a Deodar forest starting from Artola village on Almora–Pithoragarh highway, where two streams Nandini and Surabhi flow down the hills in the narrow valley and meet near the sacred spot.

History of Jageshwar

Jageshwar Temple. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Jageshwar Temple. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Prayers to the Almighty. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Prayers to the Almighty. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

Jageswar is the 8th Jyotirlinga among the Twelve and has great religious value. The temples of Jageshwar comprises a cluster of 124 large and small intricately curved stone temples, dating 9th to 13th century AD, originally built in the Gupta period. Later it was renovated during the 7th century A.D and further in 15th and 16th centuries and many were later preserved  by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) which include Dandeshwar Temple, Chandi-ka-Temple, Jageshwar Temple, Kuber Temple, Mritunjaya Temple, Nanda Devi or Nau Durga, Nava-grah Temple, a Pyramidal shrine, and Surya Temple amongst which the oldest shrine is the ‘Mrityunjaya Temple’ and the biggest shrine is the ‘Dandeshwar Temple’.The temple architecture belongs to Nagara style and  most of the temples enshrine a stone lingam, surrounded by stone sculptures of various deities. It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya visited Jageshwar and renovated and re-established many temples before leaving for Kedarnath. A little before from this temple complex is another small group of temples known as Dandeshwar Temple dedicated to Shiva mainly. There are many other small shrines scattered in the valley mostly hidden in the woods. Surrounded by mountains and tall deodars this place has  a mystic charm that enthralls everyone. As you enter the temple complex, the cool and salubrious weather, the ringing of the bells, the beating of the drums and blowing of the bugles, the chanting of the slokas from Vedas and Upanishads, the sweet fragrance of the incense sticks and the brightly coloured marigold amidst the absolute silence of the woods will undoubtedly mesmerise you.

Dandeshwara Temple Complex at Jageshwar. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Dandeshwara Temple Complex at Jageshwar. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

Where to stay?

Accommodation in Jageshwar is ample but not luxurious, the best option being the modest arrangement KMVN tourist rest house-a stone’s throw from the temple complex.

 

 

 

 

For your Soul Safar to Jageshwar feel free to contact us at indira@soulsafar.in. We will be happy to guide you.

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