The Ancient Jageshwar temple complex is situated in a beautiful mountain valley covered with thick forest of Cedar Trees, (even 1000 years Deodar Trees). Two streams Nandini and Surabhi locally known as “JataGanga” flow down the hills and meet near the sacred spot. Dense grove of Cedar trees, perpetual verdure, & sweet murmur of the river stream give a peculiar charm & sanctity to this place. The oldest shrine is of “The Jyotrilingya -NAGESSH DARUKAVAN” dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The biggest shrine is of the ‘Dandeshwara ‘situated around 1.5 kms on the road to Jageshwar Temple Complex. According to Vedas, Puran and ancient sculptures, This Place-Jageshwar-forest area is said to be the “Ancient Sapt-Rishi Forest”. The Great Seven Sages (Sapt-Rishi) got their wisdom from these ancient deodar forests. This is also the place from where the worship of “SHIV-LINGA” and the most powerful “Mahamrityunjay Mantra” started. Explore 124 historic temples founded by Shankaracharya & completed over centuries; with hundreds of magnificent statues of unmatched craftsmanship.
It is also believed that Kings of Chandra Dynasty donated the revenue of 365 villages to the Jageshwar Temple. They also assigned the responsibility of brining oil & other things to these Villages. It is said that three meditating idols made of eight metals (Asht-Dhatu) were in the Temple. At present there are only two of them. King Deep Chandas and King Pavan Chandas. King Deep Chanda is standing before God Jagnath Having everlasting Deepak in his hands (The Deepak is continuously maintained and is lite since 8th Century).
The Lord Shiva is worshipped throughout the year in Jageshwar, and there are Special Mela of “SAWAAN”& “MAGH” which offer an excellent insight to the rich cultural heritage which this place offers. On moon - liet night, the view of the sparkling snow clad peaks is an exhilarating experience.
Our resort is situated 9 kms from the Jageshwar-Temple complex on the top of an east facing open valley. This location offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti, Panchachulli, Maiktoli; etc.Guests can enjoy incredibly beautiful Sunrises and Moonrises amidst the soul stirring peace & natural beauty in the laps of Mother Nature.
It is believed that from this place came the “Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra”. This temple was visited by Sri Adi-Shankaracharya; this is the only temple of “Lord Shiva” in “Mahamrityunjay “Roop in the world. According to archeologist the temple of Maha Mrityunjaya is one of the oldest temples of the 124 Temple clusters. It is said it was constructed in the Pre- Katyuri Period. Big Shivlinga of this temple is the symbol of people’s faith. Maha Mrityunjaya is considered as birth giver and it is the faith of the people that man can save his life from death by doing regular prayer in this temple. It is said that God Markendaya prayed Maha Mrityunjaya in the Daruka Van (the same deodar forest). At the time of Fair and pious occasion’s women and some men take burning Deepak’s in their hands to fulfill their will in long rows and this enlightens the whole canopy of the temple.
Grand Dandeshwar temple is an incomparable example of the work of pioneer architectures, loving and devotee Kings; constructed in the era of Maha-Mrituinjaya temple. In this temple a big natural rock is worshipped in the form of Dandi, surrounded by natural beauty. Beautiful Doodh-Ganga and Shool Ganga join in the Brammah Kunda of Dandeshwar.
According to Purana’s Parvati wife of Shiva committed suicide by entering in Hawan Kund of King Daksha-Prajapati. Later, Shiv Ji set in meditation by rubbing the ash on his body. According to the villager’s when Jageshwar Temples were being built evil spirits would come from the South and destroying this construction. So king JhakarSaim who is considered as Lord Shiva saved his devotees as Kshetrapal. Temple of Bhagwati Mata is worth seen here.
STREAM OF JATA GANGA
North-West of Jageshwar, within the lovely hills, is the holy place having its ancient value, from where Ganga appeared from Jata of Shivji. It is beautiful and active thin stream flows between hills making attractive sounds. This playful river flows half around its God Jageshwar and joins with the origin of River Saryu in Brahma Kunda. Flowing ahead it joins Saryu Ganga near Jateshwar and becomes a big river.
29 KM FROM Jageshwar on the Pithoragarh-Almora route is noted for its temple of lord Golu, a Demi god for the hill people. Who is famous for dispensing justice? Lord Golu one of the bravest generals of the Chand Kings followed the martial tradition of the hill men and died like a true warrior in action. To Commemorate his intrepidity and to remind the hill men of their martial traditions, Lord Golu is worshipped as a Demi god and is the most popular diety of the Kumauni’s. People appeal to him on a letter for meeting out justice and when their wish is fulfilled they offer a brass bell. The hundreds of brass bells outside and the letters of appeal accumulated on one corner bear testimony to the faith of the people.
KATARMAL-SUN TEMPLE (1800M)
54 km from Jageshwar is renowned for an ancient Sun Temple-THE ONLY AFTER KONARK In ORISSA. Many subsidiary shrines late 7th to early 8th century A.D. cluster around the main temple. In close proximity at Kosi is the Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development.
GANANATH (2116 M)
47 km from Almora is famous for its natural landscape, caves and the Siva Temple. There is a stream which is said to be originated from the meditational powers of a yogi. One Mystical Place where everything seems to be different…
About 110 km away, lays the ancient cave temple of Patal Bhubaneswar, a deep cavern whose natural rock formations bear a striking resemblance to the Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu pantheon.
HOW TO REACH JAGESHWAR :
Distance from Delhi: 390 Kms.
45 Kms from Almora.
70 Kms from Nainital on the
9th milestone Jageshwar Temple-Naini Road
Nearest Airport: Pantnagar 165 Kms
Nearest Railhead: Kathgodam 135 Kms
Temperature: Max. 25°C.
Min -3°CFacilities: Resort/Suites/Camping/Family rooms available.
By Road: Jageshwar is well connected by road to Delhi which is 375 km away. There are various private buses to and from Jageshwar. There is a bus route through Jim Corbett National Park and Ramnagar or another route which goes through Haldwani and Kathgodam. You can hire a taxi or a private cab to reach Jageshwar from Delhi.
By Rail: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station, 128 km away. Kathgodam is well connected with Lucknow , Delhi and Kolkata. Taxi and buses are available from Kathgodam to reach Jageshwar.
By Air: The nearest airport is at Pantnagar about 165 km from Jageshwar. You can hire a taxi or get a bus to reach Jageshwar. Pantnagar is well connected with Ahmedabad, Bengaluru , Chennai , Hyderabad, Kochi, Mumbai and Delhi