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Jageshwar is located at an altitude of 1870 meters, in the Jataganga river valley near a Devdaar forest (Cedrus Devdaar) starting from Artola village On AlmoraPithoragarh highway, where two streams Nandini and Surabhi flow down the hills in the narrow valley and meet near the sacred spot.

Jageshwar Dham is a pilgrimage dedicated to Lord located 36 km northeast of Almora in the Kuaon region of Uttarakhand.  The temple city comprises a cluster of 124 large and small stone temples, dating 9th to 13th century AD, with many 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 these temples, the oldest shrine is the 'Mrityunjaya temple' and the biggest shrine is the Dandeshwar temple. 

Jageshwar is believed to be the site of first of the twelve jyotirlingas, Nageshvara jyotirlinga. Every year between15 July to 15 August, the Jageshwar Monsoon Festival takes place here during the Hindu calendar month of Shravan, a time when fairs and festivals are very common in Almora.  The annual Maha Shivratri Mela, which takes place during spring, also has an important place in the calendar of the entire Kumaon region.

Nagesh Jyotirlinga

Jageshwar was once the center of Lakulish Shaivism (Lakulish is 28th avatar of Lord Shiva). Origin and history of Lord Lakulish (Lord Shiva with a wooden stick) traverse back to Gujarat region of current India. The resemblance between Kumayuoni language and Gujarati language probably hints at the fact that followers of lord Lakulish settled at Jageshwar. Local folklore still talks about a man who will walk this place with a wooden stick in his hand.

The temples at Jageshwar are believed to include the Nagesh Jyotirlinga.  Most Hindus believe that Jageshwar is the place of Nagesh, 8th among the Dwadasa Jyotirlingas (the twelve resplendent lingas of Lord Shiva were established by Lord Vishnu), which is stated to exist in the forest of Devdaar or Daruka.

The twelve Jyotirlingas are

·      Somnath at Prabhas Patan, Saurashtra, Gujarat.

·      Sri Mallikarjun In Srisailam, Near Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, On The Banks Of River Krishna.Adi Sankaracharya Composed His Sivanandalahiri Here.

·      Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain (Avanti), Madhya Pradesh.

·      Omkareshwar In Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh, And This Jyotirlinga Is Situated On An Island In The Course Of The River Narmada.

·      Vaidyanath Temple at Deogarh, Santal Parganas Area of Bihar.

·      Bhimashankar in Dakini and Located In the Sahyadri Hills, Near Pune, Maharashtra.

·      Ramalingeswar In Setubandanam, Tamil Nadu.this Is Situated On Vast Temple Island Of Rameswaram. It Is The Southernmost Of The 12 Jyotirlinga Shrines Of India.

·      Nageshwar in Jageshwar.

·      Vishwanath in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

·      Tryambakeswar Jyotirlinga Shrine Is Intimately Linked With The Origin Of The River Godavari Near Nasik, Maharashtra.

·      Kedareswar in Kedarnath in Himalayas, Uttarakhand.

·      Ghrishneshwar in Devasrovar, near Ellora, Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

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. 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 Jalla 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 Kumaon were also patrons of the Jageshwar temple.  Numerous Jageshwar temples were constructed or restored during the Gurjara Pratihara era.

It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya visited Jageshwar and renovated and re-established many temples before leaving for Kedarnath. The Samsan Ghat of Jageshwar is also the cremation ground of the erstwhile chand kings. It is possible that sati, the act of self-immolation, may have been performed here. The temples architecture belongs to the nagara style, characterized by a tall curved spire surmounted by an amalaka (capstone) and a kalasha crown. 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.

Before the construction of roads, pilgrims passed through Jageshwar en-route to Kailash and Manasarovar. Due to the restrictions on pilgrimage to Kailash Manasarovar in the past, pilgrims were diverted towards Kedarnath; however, this center has re-attained its past glory.

Jageshwar Mahadev

Tarun Jageshwar is one of the principal temples situated in the temple premises. The temple has two dwarapalas (guardians or door-keepers) in the form of the armed nandi and skandi. This is a west facing temple of Lord Shiva. Here, Shiva is worshipped in the form of Nagesh or 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 and eternal flame) burns in the temple. There are two asthadhatu statues of Chand kings Deepchand and Tripalchand in the standing posture behind the Shivlinga.

Sri Mahamrityunjaya 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 Savior from death –(Mahamrityunjay)The unique linga has an eye shaped opening.

Pilgrims believe that reciting the Mahamritunjaya mantra is a fruitful, auspicious and powerful method of self-realization, removal of evil effects, and freedom from all kinds of fears, illness and negativity.

The Mahamritunjaya mantra is attested in the sukla yajurveda samhita iii/60 –

"Aum Hou Joonm Sah, Aum Bhurbhavh Swah

Aum Triyambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhnam, 

Urvarukamiv Bandhnanmrityomurkshiy Mammritat….

Aum Swah Bhuvh Bhuh Aum, Sah Juunm Hou Aum,,

(We pray lord Shiva, the all-seeing one, three eyed, who bears grace of all-pervading divine fragrance and enricher of all kinds of powers and vigor by his enormous prosperous bestowals. May he release me from the grip of premature untimely death, but not from immortality like pumpkin or watermelon separates after ripening from its vine)

Dandeshwar Shiv Temple

Situated slightly upstream from the Jageshwar temple complex, the Dandeshwar temple complex is in a dilapidated condition. The stone lingam is a natural rock, and, unlike the lingams of the Jageshwar complex, is not carved.

Kot Ling Mahadev

Kot ling is situated at the "sangam" of Jata Ganga and Sam Ganga rivers.  As per the local folklore, kot ling was originally selected as a place by Lord Shiva for meditation. This place is around 2 kms 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, a "Shamshan" (cremation ground) and 2-3 sadhna kutirs.

Vinayak Kshetra

This place is 200 meters from Artola village from where temples of Jageshwar starts. From this place Vinayak Kshetra or sacred area begins. This place lies between Jhanker Saim temple, Vrudhh Jageshwar and Koteshwar temples.

Jhankar Sam Mahadev

This temple is situated south of Jageshwar. Legend has it that during the Tapasya by Lord Shiva, demons obstruct his penance. Then god jhanker "sam" come into being as trinetra and send his Ganas to kill the demons. It is believed that Lord Sam will come to kot linga temple premises to save humanity and Jageshwar in kalyuga.

Sri Driddha or 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.

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.