Just about 50 KM from our cottages are the famous temples of Jageshwar Dham. These temples were built between the 7th and 12th centuries, by the Katyuri dynasty and later Chand dynasty kings. These temples therefore show different architectural styles. The temples are clustered in two large groups.
Jageshwar Group of Temples
The larger group of temples is in Jageshwar itself with over 120 temples. Some of these are held in very high esteem. The Kedarnath temple in this group finds a special place in Hinduism. It is also believed that the prayers to Shivling first started in this region.
The main temples in this cluster are –
- Shri Jyotirlinga Jageshwar Temple
- Hanuman Temple (South facing temple. It has been repaired with cement-mortar)
- Neelkanth Temple (surrounded by various small other temples too)
- Sun Temple
- Nav Griha Temple
- Pushtimata Temple
- Maha-Mritunjaya Temple (The oldest of the temples)
- Lakulish Temple
- Kedarnath Temple
- Annapurna Temple
- Nav Durga Temple
- Batuk Bhairav Temple
- Kuber Temple (located at a small distance from the main group, can be reached by a bridge)
Devotees usually follow the same sequence for their pilgrimage as we have listed above. These temples are highly revered.
Visiting the temples requires walking barefoot in the campus. We recommend planning a trip in the summers. During winters the stone floor can be uncomfortably cold.
Dandeshwar Temples – these form the smaller group of 15 temples which are also located close by. The largest of these is Dandeshwar Temple. The main idol is a large un-carved rock believed to be holy.
Vridha Jageshwar is another temple that should be visited in this region. It is located a little distance away on a hill-top. Some people consider the pilgrimage incomplete without a visit to this temple.
Enjoy the Town
There is a small street market selling souvenirs and religious items, just before the entry to Jageshwar temples. Recently a museum has also been set up. Plan a day trip and immerse yourself in this trove of culture, history, and religion.
A stream also flows near the temple. Just trek down to it and enjoy the gurgling sound of the flowing water.
Do spend some time walking around in the town. You are sure to see some beautiful old houses, meet some interesting local folk, and maybe enjoy a bite or two of delicious local food.