Abode of twelve Jyotirlings
35kms from Almora, Jageshwar is believed to be the abode of the twelve Jyotirlings. It is situated in a beautiful narrow valley surrounded by magnificent Deodar trees. The complex consisting of 124 temples and hundreds of statues, is famous not merely for its exquisite craftsmanship but also for its Swayambhu Linga named Nagesh. In Jageshwar, fairs are held during Shivaratri and in the month of ‘Savan’ (July-August). The place is visited by both religious as well as nature loving tourists. Jageshwar Dham, boasts of more than 200 big and small temples, at the height of about 1,900mt above sea level. The Deodar trees and the fragrant sandal wood plantation land an ethereal aura to the site. The main temple in the complex is dedicated to Bal Jageshwar, or Shiva the child. There is another one dedicated to Vridh Jageshwar, situated on the higher slopes. The story goes that as Lord Shiva was meditating at this spot, the village women left their household chores and other duties and walked to watch him. As if in a trance. One can also visit the Goludevta Temple at Chitai, which is a unique seat of justice for the locals. People actually file their complaints at a designated spot by attaching photocopies of their judicial papers and beg for divine intervention and mercy. Upon redressal of their cause, most people offers a sacrifice to thank the Lord.
What to see
Vridh Jageshwar: For splendid Himalayas view and an old temple for the interest of the tourist.
Mritola Ashram: A centre of spiritual and natural beauty, this ashram lures many foreign disciples. It is a 10kms.trek from Jageshwar to Shokiathal and Mritola Ashram. One can reach Mritola Ashram by road till Vridh Jageshwar trek 2kms. The patoria farm is part of this complex.
Jalna: This is a picturesque venue with fruits like apple, apricot, Plum etc, in the Himalayas. From here just three Kilometers in Banadi Devi Temple. This temple is surrounded by trees from all sides.
Height: Jalna is 1570mt. from Sea Level.
Distance: 35kms.from Jageshwar.
Almora: Almora a picturesque district in the Kumaon region, East of Uttarakhand in India, with a breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayas, summons tourists worldwide to its alluring grandeur of natural beauty. Famous for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, delicious cuisine and magnificent wildlife, coupled with an easy accessibility, Almora promises is tourists a visit full of fun and unforgettable memories.
How to Reach
Rail: Nearest head is Kathgodam 125kms.
Road: Directly link with Almora-35kms, Haldwani-131kms. Pithoragarh-88kms, and Kathgodam private jeeps and taxis are also available.
Where to stay
- K.M.V.N Tourist Rest House
- Forest Rest House
- Paying Guest House
There is one Tourist Rest House and a few Dharamshalas here and about 2kms by trek from here is Vridh Jageshwar which provides a splendid view of the Himalayas from this old temple.