Nageshwar Jyotirling is in Jageshwar town in Almora, Uttarakhand is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Shiva. The temple city comprises a cluster of 124 large and small stone temples, dating 9th to 13th century AD.
- Other temples: 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.
- Jageshwar is located at an altitude of 1870 mts, in the Jataganga river valley near a Deodar forest (Cedrus deodara) 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.
The Jageshwar Monsoon Festival, held between 15 July to 15 August takes place at Jageshwar during the Hindu calendar month of Shravan and the annual Maha Shivratri Mela (Shivratri festival), which takes place during spring has an important place in the calendar of the entire Kumaon region.
Adi Shankaracharya visited Jageshwar and renovated and re-established many temples before leaving for Kedarnath. Most of the temples enshrine a stone lingam, surrounded by stone sculptures of various deities. The pilgrimage to Jageshwar was considered as sacred as the famous chardham yatra.
The folklore in the regions around Jageshwar tells us a gripping story about building the Main temple Near Kot Linga Temple Complex. Shiva selected this place to be his abode. During the Tapasya by Shiva, Demons obstruct his penance. Then God “Sam” come into being as Trinetra and send his Ganas to kill the demons. It is believed that Sam will come to Kot Linga temple premises to save humanity and Jageshwar in Kalyuga. Adi Shankacharya tried to build the maim temple at Kotlinga but to no avail as Sam wanted Kotlinga to be specifically reserved for the meditation of Shiva. Local people still believe that Sam or Lakulisha, the Lord with a stick shall come and built the real Jageshwar temple near Kotlinga and thus save the mankind from adversities of Kalyuga.
The statue of Lakulisha; meaning, the Lord with a staff or mace or club or stick; is back at Jageshwar after almost 50 years.
Temples in the Jageshwar complex
- Tarun Jageshwar: Shiva is worshipped in the form of Nagesh/Jageshwar. In the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, the Shivlinga is divided into two parts. The larger one depicts Shiva and smaller one his consort Parvati. An Akhand Jyoti, (an immortal flame) burns in the temple.
- 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, auspicious and powerful method of self-realisation, removal of evil effects, and freedom from all kinds of fears, illness and negativity. The Mahamritunjaya Mantra is attested in the Sukla Yajurveda Samhita
- Jhanker Sam Mahadev:
- Kot Ling Mahadev
- Dandeshwar Shiv temple complex
- Vinayak Kshetra
- Sri Briddha or Bud Jageshwar
- Pushti Devi or Pushti Bhagawati Maa
It is the temple of Goddess Devi. The temple enshrines the full murti of Goddesses. This temple is situated in the Jageshwar main premises.
Other places of interest
- The river that flows through the town, Jata Ganga
- The River “Sam Ganga” that originates from Jhankar Sam temple and merges with River Jata Ganga Near Kot Linga Temple Ruins.
- A cave, Airavat Gufa
- Brahma Kund
- Other temples such as Sri Kuber Temple and the Batuk Bhairav Temple.
- The temple of Golu Devata at Chitai.
- Patal Bhuvaneshwar Caves
How to reach
- The nearest railway station is Kathgodam 125 km. Jageshwar has direct road links with Almora (35 km), Haldwani (131 km.), Pithoragarh (88 km) and Kathgodam.
- State transport, and private jeeps and taxis ply from these place for Jageshwar regularly.
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