About Jyotirling Jageshwar

Jageshwar is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Almora district  , Uttarakhand,  Believed to carry the Nagesh Jyotirlinga dedicated to Lord Shiva, located 36 km northeast of Almora, in Kumaun region. The temple city 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. 

Facts and Figures

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  • Jageshwar Temples, also referred to as OM Jyotirling jageshwar Temples or Jageshwar valley temples, are a group of over 100 Hindu temples dated between 7th and 12th century near Almora, in the Himalayan Indian state of Uttarakhand.
  • This is one of the principal temple situated in the temple premisces it is called Tarun Jageshwar.Temple has two dwarapalas (door guardians) in the form of Nandi and Skandi adorned with all the armaments.
  • This is west facing temple of Lord Shiva.Shiva is worshipped in the form of Nagesh/jyotirling  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 that is an immortal flame keeps on flickering here since time immemorial.
  • There are two Asthadhatu statues of Chanda king Deepchand and Tripalchand in the standing posture behind the Shivlinga. 
  • More than 300,000,000 volunteer hours went into making the complex
  • Over 8,000 volunteers from across the world participated in building it
  • Mandir built from intricately carved sandstone and marble 
  • Exhibitions on Hinduism, including Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s life and teachings such as prayer, compassion, and non-violence.
  • Open gardens, water bodies and step-well styled courtyard 

Sant Babaji

Baba became a mendicant and was looked after, taught and trained by Sadhus. He travelled all over India, visiting various places of pilgrimage.It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya visited Jageshwar and renovated and re-established many temples before leaving for Kedarnath. The Samsan ghat of Jageshwar is also the cremation ground of the erstwhile Chand Kings. It is possible that sati, the act of self-immolation, may have been performed here. The temples architecture belong to the Nagara [this link is not to an appropriate entry] style, characterized by a tall curved spire surmounted by an amalaka (capstone) and a kalasha crown. Most of the temples enshrine a stone lingam, surrounded by stone 
sculptures of various deities. The pilgrimage to Jageshwar was 
considered as sacred as the famous chardham yatra.

Spiritual Significane

  • The temples which are under the Archaeological Survey of India have more than 25 inscriptions which date to between the 7th and 9th century.
  • There is also an archaeological museum by ASI which has numerous idols and sculptures dating between the 9th and 12th century. It is also home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.
  • Inspired by HH Yogiji Maharaj (1892-1971 CE)
  • Created by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj
  • More than 300,000,000 volunteer hours went into making the complex
  • Over 8,000 volunteers from across the world participated in building it
  • Mandir built from intricately carved sandstone and marble 
  • Exhibitions on Hinduism, including Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s life and teachings such as prayer, compassion, and non-violence.
  • Open gardens, water bodies and step-well styled courtyard 
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