Comprising of about 124 large and small temples is a pilgrimage town located in Uttarakhand known as Jageshwar. This religiously significant town is situated in the Kumaun region in the Almora district. In addition, this village is also elevated at an altitude of 1870 meters above sea level in the Jatganga river valley. Furthermore, it is also known to host the Jageshwar monsoon festival and the Maha Shivratri Mela annually.
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a. Best time to visit Jageshwar
The best time to visit this pious village is either from March to June or from September to November when the climate is extremely pleasant.
b. How to reach Jageshwar
1. By train:
The Kathgodam Railway Station is the closest station. This station in Kathgodam is well connected to most major cities and towns.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gurugram, and Dehradun.
- Via New Delhi:
There are two routes from New Delhi to this village, and they are via NH9 and via SH18.
- Via Haridwar:
There are three routes from Haridwar to this village, and they are via NH734, via NH109, and via NH530.
- Via Rishikesh:
There are three routes from Rishikesh to this village, and they are via NH734, via NH34, and via NH34 and NH530.
- Via Gurugram:
There is one route from Gurugram to this village, and it is via NH9.
- Via Dehradun:
There are three routes from Dehradun to this village, and it is via NH734, via NH109, and via NH307 and NH109.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in Pantnagar at a distance of 150 km. The Pantnagar Airport is well connected to New Delhi via Jagson Airlines, which schedules six flights per week. Taxi services are available to this village from this airport.
c. Religious significance of Jageshwar
It is said that this village was once the centre of Lakulish (i.e. 28th avatar of Lord Shiva) Shaivism. Furthermore, the numerous temples located in this village is said to be constructed in between the 8th and the 18th century during the Katyuri and Chand Dynasty. In addition, it is said that it was Adi Shankaracharya that visited this village and renovated all the temples in this region before moving to Kedarnath. This village according to a treatise called “Prasadmandanam” is also supposed to be once “home” to Lord Shiva.