Jageshwar Temples(Jageshwar dham) are a large group of around 124 Hindu temples near Almora(36 kms) in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Jageshwar dham is located at an altitude of 1870 meters. This dham is the 8th Jyotirling among the Twelve and has great religious value.
History of Jageshwar Dham:
There is no definite dating of the construction of Jageshwar group of temples. The history of these ancient temples dates between 7th and 12th century.
According to the ASI, the temples belong to the post-Gupta and pre-medieval eras. These are one of the oldest temple in India.
The temples were renovated during the period of Katyuri King Shalivahandeva. There is an inscription of Malla Kings on the main temple premises, which indicates their devotion to Jageshwar. The Chand dynasty Kings of Kumaon were also patrons of the Jageshwar temple.
Jageshwar is popular among Hindu monks and they continue to protect the site’s sacrality.
It is a part of the Hindu sacred geography, particularly for the central Himalayan region. Many people complete a part of the post-cremation last rites after the death of a person at the Jageshwar temples. Pilgrims combine their pilgrimage to Jageshwar Temples with those at Lake Mansarovar or Badrinath and Kedarnath, or other places in the Himalayas such as Gangotri.
The temples have several stone lingam, surrounded by stone scultptures of various deities.
The architecture of Jaggeshwar belongs to the Nagara style, which is characterized by a tall curved spire surmounted by a capstone and a kalasha crown.
Mythology of Jageshwar Dham:
It is also believed that Adi Guru Shankaracharya visited Jageshwar and renovated and re-established many. There is a cremation ground inside the entry. The cremation grouonf may belong to Chnad kings. It is believed that sati, the act of self-immolation, may have been performed here.
How to Reach Jageshwar:
A popular pilgrimage destination in the Kumaon region, Jageshwar is known among tourists for its ancient temples. It’s not only the pilgrims, but even travellers from foreign countries visit this region to explore the age-old temples and soak up the natural beauty of the region. Reaching the place is never a difficult task as it remains quite well connected via rail and road routes. You can also plan to reach Jageshwar by air.
Nearest airport to the Jageshwar is Pantnagar airport, which is 150 kilometers away from Jageshwar. Buses, taxis are easily available to Jageshwar from Pantnagar airport.
The closest railway station to reach Jageshwar is Kathgodam. The railway station is at a distance of 125 kilometers from Jageshwar town. From Kathgodham it is easy to find a private or shared taxi to Jageshwar.
Jageshwar is well connected to many Uttarakhand cities by motorable roads. Jageshwar is connected with destinations like Haldwani, Pithoragarh, Almora and Bageshwar. Government undertaking buses and private taxis operate on a regular basis.