Jageshwar Travel Guide
- Road Route to Jageshwar
- Excursions in Jageshwar
- How to Arrive at Jageshwar
- Hotels in Jageshwar
Famous as Temple Town, Jageshwar is a sacred city which is geographically located in Uttarakhand State. Jagheshwar is famous as Abode of God and has twelve Jyotirlings along with 124 temples which are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Jageshwar is located at a height of 1,870 meters above sea level and 37kms away from Almora. It is significant place of Kumaon that receives thousands of tourists each year and is located amidst dense Deodar forests with a thick water stream that flows towards the backyard.
Jageshwar is an ideal place for tourists to spend time with their family and friends. It is one of the most serene places in Uttrakhand which is away from the city clutter and commotion. If you are looking for a perfect start of your day with chiming bells of temples and melodious artis of Lord Shiva then Jageshwar is an ideal place to visit. Many people come to Jageshwar to relax their mind and body.
Earlier, Jageshwar used to be a halt for many pilgrims who were travelling to Kailash Mansarovar. Due to easy accessibility of commutation modes travelling has become much convenient than before. From Delhi trains and buses are easily accessible and the entire journey to Kathgodam is hassle-free. Hereafter, individual can take two-three hour drive along the beautiful and scenic Kumauni Village and Deodar forests. Along the way to Jageshwar flows Jata Ganga that offers beautiful sights and acquaints to its tranquility. This place is also famous as a meditation hub and offers soothing and peaceful ambience.
Temples in Jageswar
There are plethora of temples in Jageshwar that have been crafted in the ancient times and depict pristine architecture, design and culture. The prominent temples in Jageshwar are Dandeshwar temple, Chandi-ka-temple, Kuber temple, Maritunjaya temple, Nau durga, Nava grah, Jageshwa temple, Pyramidal temple, Surya temple and many more. The Maha Mritunjaya shrine is one of the oldest where as the Dandeshwar temple is the largest temple of Jageshwar. The area around the temple is besieged by thick and dense forest of Deodar trees and along with gushing stream of Jata Ganga that perforates its way in the temple premises.
Architecture and Design
Temples in Jageshwar have stone lingams and impressive stone images around the altar. There is a carved doorway that leads to the square sanctum santorum. Besides, there is a tall curvature spire shikhara that is mounted by an amalaka or the capstone and a kalasha crown. There are some Ashtadhatu images that are spectacular in their own ways. It is indeed one of the rarest specimens in Northern India. Ekamukha linga can also be found here in some temples.
Background of Jageshwar Temples
Though the time of construction of the temples can’t be surely traced but as per ASI the temples date back to the Post-Gupta era and the medieval era and are estimated to be around 2500 years old. These temples are supposed to be made between 8th century and 18th century. The temples here were said to be renovated during the reign Katyuri King Shaliyahandev. There are inscriptions of Malla kings on the main premises of the temple and reflects their dedication to Jageshwar. After renovation was done, The Katyuri Kings gave the maintenance charge of these temples to their respective priests.The walls of the temples here comprise inscriptions of different time periods. Most of the inscriptions belong to the period between 7th century AD to 10th century AD and the dialects of the inscription are made in Sanskrit and Brahmi.
It is said and believed by the locales here that Adi Shankaracharya visited here and renovated many temples here before he began his journey for Kedarnath. The cremation ground of Jageshwar is the same place where bodies of Chand Kings were cremated. The prominent temple complex at Jageshwar Mahadev is devoted to “Bal Jageshwar” or the “Child Shiva”. It is said that Lord Shiva also meditated here in the thick dense forest of Deodar forests.
Weather in Jageshwar
Maximum temperature- 25C-30C between April and September
Minimum Temperature- 10C-15C between October and March
Temperature in winters may dip further with frozen nights and slight snowfall. Monsoon arrive in July and last till September. Sometimes prolonged rains may happen between Aril and June.
Jageshwar is precisely an all time destination where summers are pleasant and winters are cold with slim snowfall.