Jageshwar - Cluster of Temples
Jageshwar is situated at an elevation of 1,870 mts above sea level and at a distance of 37 kms from Almora. Jageshwar is an important tourist destination of Kumaon and receives thousands of visitors every year. It is situated amidst dense Deodar forest with a stream flowing at its backyard.
The mystical and tranquil setting of Jageshwar makes it an ideal holiday destination to explore and rejuvenate the body and mind. Many years ago, Jageshwar used to be a pilgrim halt en-route to the famous Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage. Today, due to easy access from Delhi via train to Kathgodam and then just a two-three hour drive along beautiful Kumaoni villages and Deodar forests makes it a popular off-the-beaten track kind of destination.
The surrounding deodar trees and the Jata Ganga which flows through the temple lends to the beauty of the place. The place also acts as a meditation center due to the calm, fresh and beautiful environment surrounding the temple.
Jageshwar Temples Guide
The cluster of Jageshwar temples depicts the ancient culture and design. The beauty of the place is enhanced by the Deodar trees and the Jata Ganga which meanders its way into the temple complex. It is also acts as an important centre for meditation because of its tranquillity and calm environment.
The main temples of Jageshwar include Dandeshwar Temple, Chandi-ka-Temple, Jageshwar Temple, Kuber Temple, Mritunjaya Temple, Nau Durga, Nava-grah Temple, a Pyramidal shrine, and Surya Temple. The Maha Mrityunjaya Temple is the oldest while Dandeshwar Temple is the largest shrine of Jageshwar.
Architecture: Most of the temples have the stone lingams and very impressive stone images around the altar. A carved doorway leads you to the square sanctum sanctorum. There is a tall curvilinear spire shikhara, surmounted by an amalaka (capstone) and a kalasha crown. Some ashtadhatu (an alloy of eight metals) images are outstanding. One of the rarest specimens in northern India, the Ekamukhalinga can also be seen here.
Weather and Climate Guide of Jageshwar
The temperature of Jageshwar between April and September is around 25°C-30°C (max) 10°C-15°C (min). The temperature falls through October and until March there may be cold frosty nights with slight change of snowfall. The monsoon occurs during July-September when heavy rainfall should be expected, heavy prolonged periods of rain are also possible from April-June.
Best Time to Visit
Jageshwar is an all season pilgrimage and adventure destination. Summers are cool as surrounded by forest, winters are cold with chances of snowfall as well.