IN JAGESHWAR | TEMPLES INSIDE JAGESHWAR DHAM |
The temple city of Jageshwar 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 which the oldest shrine is the 'Mrityunjaya Temple'
and the biggest shrine is the 'Dandeshwar Temple'.
Once the centre of Lakulish Shaivism, 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 townfolk believe that Jageshwar is the place of Nagesh
among the forest of Deodar, 8th among the Dwadasa Jyotirlingas:
the twelve resplendent lingas of Lord Shiva established by
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
Jageshwar Dham in the year 1890
TEMPLES 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,
(an immortal flame) burns in the temple. There are two Asthadhatu
statues of Chand Kings Deepchand and Tripalchand in the standing
posture behind the Shivlinga.
Sri Maha Mritunjaya Mahadev
The Maha Mrityunjay 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 Maha mritunjaya 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 Maha mritunjaya
Mantra is attested in the Sukla Yajurveda Samhita.
Dandeshwar Shiv Temple Complex
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.
This place is 200 mts from Artola village from where temples
of Jageshwar starts. It is called Mokshyadham temple. From this
place Vinayak Kshetra or sacred area begins. This place lies
between Jhanker Saim temple, Vrudhh 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 Bud 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. 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.
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