Uttarakhand is called “Devbhoomi” which means “The Great Land of God” because it is the holiest state of our country due to the presence of uncountable ancient temples situated here.
1. Jageshwar Dham
Lord Shiva’s temple, Jageshwar Dham is situated at the altitude of 1870 meters in a peaceful forest surrounded with beautiful Devdar tree’s which is almost 40 km away from northeast Almora, Kumaun, Uttarakhand.
2. Oldest Shiv Temple
Jageshwar Shiv temple is one of the oldest Shiva temples in India and is having high religious values.
3. Important Temples in Jageshwar Dham
Temple is having 124 large and 108 Shivling temples 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
4. Dwadasa Jyotirlinga
The townfolks believe that Jageshwar Dham is the place of Nagesh among the forest of Deodar, 8th among the Dwadasa Jyotirlingas: the twelve resplendent lingas of Lord Shiva established by Lord Vishnu.
5. Jageshwar Monsoon Festival
A monsoon festival also gets organized every year with the name of the ‘Jageshwar Monsoon Festival‘, held between 15 July to 15 August during the month of Shravan.
6. The Oldest Jyotirlinga
First-ever self-made Shivling puja was held in this temple after that Lord Shiva’s worship started in other Jyotirlinga’s.
7. Child Shiva
The main temple in the temple complex at ‘Jageshwar Mahadev’ is dedicated to ‘Bal Jageshwar’, or the Child Shiva. There is also a temple dedicated to Vridh Jageshwar, or Old Shiva, situated on the higher slopes. According to tradition, Lord Shiva came to meditate here, and when the women of the village came to know of this, they immediately left their household chores to have his darshan. When the men of the village heard of this, they were infuriated and came to see who is this sadhu who has captivated their woman. Seeing the commotion, Shiva took the form of a child, which is why he is still worshipped in his child form here
8. The cluster of Temples get a Beautiful Glimpse from Kuber Temple
Kuber Temple is located in a separate complex in Jageshwar and is hardly 5 minutes walk from the main temple complex. Exquisite temples and in a lovely scenic setting.
9. The Jataganga River
A small stream flows behind the temple complex in Jageshwar and the locals said that it is called the Jataganga river. There are logs of wood littered near the stream that look like an eyesore and the reason is that funeral pyres are burnt in Jageshwar because it is supposed to be a holy place to die.
10. Route to Kailash and Mansarovar
Before the construction of roads, pilgrims passed through Jageshwar en route to Kailash and Mansarovar. Due to the restrictions on pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar in the past, pilgrims were diverted towards Kedarnath; however, this center has re-attained its past glory.