There are around 124 temples that are located in the town and these include many small stone temples and large temple complexes as well. Some of the main temples are the Dandeshwar Temple, Jageshwar Temple, Surya Temple, Kuber Temple, Chandi ka Temple, Mritunjaya Temple, Nanda Devi Temple and the Kuber Temple. The Dandeshwar Temple is the biggest of the lot and many devotes can be seen in here. Among the oldest standing temples is the Mritunjaya Temple.
Two main festivals are celebrated in the town of Jageshwar and these are the Jageshwar Monsoon Festival which is held during the month of August and the Shivarathri Mela which is held in the spring season.
Airavat Gufa is a cave that is located nearby and this is also a good place to visit while staying at the town of Jageshwar. The Patal Buvaneshwar Caves located in the region are also worth visiting.
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Garhwali, Hindi
Best Season: Apr – Jun, Sep – Nov
Weather: Summer 12 to 28°C,
Winter: -2 to 15°C
Altitude: 1870 m
STD code: 05962
Delhi to Jageshwar 359 km
Best Season / Best time to visit
The climatic conditions in the town of Jageshwar can be classified as sub tropical. The place gets good amount of rainfall during the monsoon season and the area is wet for the most part. Summers are mild and temperatures are always comfortable. The winters are generally frosty and temperatures can plummet during the peak winter season.
The summer season is from April to June. The maximum temperature that you can expect during the summer season is around 30°C. The lowest possible temperature is around 15°C. One can expect rainfall during the summer season as well.
Monsoon season in the town of Jageshwar is extensive and the place gets significant rainfall from July to September. The conditions are cool and the rainfall during this time is extremely heavy. The months of October and November are dry and the conditions are mild. This forms the post monsoon season.
The winter season starts in December and ends in the month of February. The temperatures range from a minimum of 4°C and can go up to a maximum of around 15°C. The place experiences a cold breeze during the winter months as well. Snowfall can also be expected during the winter season.
Attractions & Places to Visit and Explore in Jageshwar
Tarun Jageshwar is one of the principal temples situated in the temple premises. The temple has two dwarapalas (door guardians) 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/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 burns in the temple. There are two Asthadhatu statues of Chand Kings Deepchand and Tripalchand in the standing posture behind the Shivlinga.
Jageshwar Temple Complex
Jageshwar is a religious place with over 100 temples devoted to Lord Shiva. You can go around Jageshwar and witness the exquisite architecture of temples like Dandeshwar temple which portrays elegant samples of ancient iconography.
Do not forget to catch a glimpse of the highly impressive image of Ganesha and life-sized dwarapalas (door guardians) outside the Jagannath temple.
The cluster of temples at Jageshwar can be best seen from Kuber Temple.
Sri Mahamritunjaya 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 saviour from death. The unique linga has an eye shaped opening.
Dandeshwar Shiv Temple Complex
Situated slightly upstream from the Jageshwar temple complex, the Dandeshwar temple complex is in a dilapidated condition. This place is 200 mts 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.
This place is 200 mts 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, Vridhh jageshwar and Koteshwar temples.
Jhanker Saim 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 Saim come into being as Trinetra and send His Ganas to kill the demons.
Sri Briddha Or Budha Jageshwar
This temple is situated three km north to Jageshwar. This temple is situated at the top of the hill and comes after a uphill trek. It is contemporary to Jageshwar group of temples. Its a great place for a view in the mornings, when you can see the snow-capped Himalayan view.
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.
A cave close the Jageshwar temples
The Archeological Museum run by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), houses idols and statuettes removed from Jageshwar shrine dating 9th to 13th century AD.
How to Reach Here
By air: Jageshwar is well connected by motorable roads with major cities of northern India. Buses to Haldwani and Almora can be taken from ISBT Anand Vihar, Delhi. Jageshwar is situated 37kms from Almora. Taxis to Jageshwar are easily available in Kumaon region. The distance from Delhi to Jageshwar is 400 kms.
Note: There is one bus daily from Almora to Jageshwar at about 12pm. Taxis can be shared or privately booked throughout the day. Shared taxis will not depart until full and may stop and wait for extra passengers if someone gets out on the way.
By road: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Jageshwar situated at a distance of 125 kms. Kathgodam is well connected with major destinations of India like Lucknow, Delhi and Kolkata. Trains are frequent to Kathgodam as it is the gateway of Kumaon region. Buses and Taxis are easily available to Almora and Jageshwar from Kathgodam.
By rail: The nearest airport for Jageshwar is Pantnagar. Pantnagar Airport is situated 150kms from Jageshwar. Taxis are available to Jageshwar from Pant Nagar Airport.
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