Jageshwar Dham temples are a group of over 100 temples built between the 7th and 12th centuries, in Uttarakhand state, India.These temples were built using cut stones. Apart from the 100 plus ancient temples, many new temples have also come up in the area, making a total of more than 200 temples in this area.
Many of the temples are small, whereas a few ones are comparatively bigger ones. Most of the temples were built in the Nagara style of architecture, a north Indian style of architecture. Few South Indian and Central Indian architecture styled temples are also in this group of 100 plus Hindu temples. Most of the temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva. 124 Lord Shiva temples are situated in this area.
This town and its surrounding areas are a pilgrimage center and is called Jageshwar Dham (Dham means pilgrimage region). Jageshwar Dham is a protected area. This Dham is managed by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Some of the protected monuments situated here in Jageshwar Dham includes Jageshwar Temple, Dandeshwar Temple, Chandi-ka-Temple, Nanda Devi or Nau Durga, Kuber Temple, Mritunjaya Temple, Nava-grah temple, Surya Temple and a Pyramidal shrine.
Jageshwar Dham is situated midst the magic setting of Himalayan forests lined with cedar trees. Kumaoni heritage can be seen in these temples. (Kumaonis are a group of people of this area, in Uttarakhand state.)
Jageshwar Monsoon Festival in July- August is the main festival of Jageshwar. Maha Shivratri Mela (Shivratri festival) is also celebrated here.
People of the Himalayan states consider this area as sacred. Many people conducts last rites for their dear ones at Jageshwar temple site here.
There are other temples also with the same name in the same state. Notable among them is Jageshwar temple at Dalash.
How Do I Go to Jageshwar Temples or Jageshwar Dham?
Jageshwar town is at around 36 kilometers northeast of Almora. There are many hotels at Almora.
The nearest railway station (rail head) is at Kathgodam, at around 125 kilometers away. Jolly Grant airport at the capital city of the state in Dehradun town is at around 369 kilometers away.
Jageshwar Archaeological Museum
There is an Archaeological Museum at Jageshwar, run by Archaeological Survey of India. It houses more than 150 sculptures recovered from this area. These sculptures dates back to 9th to 13th century AD.
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