Throughout India's history, religion has played an important
part in Indian culture. Out of all the religion in India, Hinduism can be traced
to pre-historic time. Majority of hindus worship Lord Shiva. Jageshwar is the most
pure land where it is said that Lord Shiva lived meditate in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand.
The state of Uttarakhand is known as 'Dev Bhoomi' i.e. the Land of Gods, where one
finds temples almost everywhere depicting stories of different gods, deities and
many such holy souls. Many ardent Hindu wish to visit the beautiful Dev Bhoomi and
bow before the lord. Many temples which were constructed many years ago are still
kept in perfect shape. The most commonly visited temples are Jageshwar, Badrinath,
Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.
Of all the major Hindu pilgrimages in the Uttaranchal, Jageshwar Temple is the most
important for Shiva worshipping. The temples of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and
Badrinath together constitute the Char Dham Yatra which is of great importance to
the Hindus. Pilgrims from all over the world visit these places especially to worship
the holy gods and enjoy the Himalayas. Rudranath Temple, Badrinath Temple, Kedarnath
Temple, Naina Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Madmaheshwar Temple, Yamunotri Temple,
Neelkanth Temple are some of the most important Temples of Uttarakhand.
Jageshwar is a Hindu pilgrimage that is located in the Almora district in Uttarakhand.
Jageshwar Temple is especially dedicated to Lord Shiva among the beautiful Deodar
trees. The bevy of Jageshwar Temple illustrates ancient culture and beautiful historic
designs. The deodar trees and the Jata Ganga which flows through the temple lends
to the beauty of the place. The place also acts as a meditation center due to the
calm, fresh and beautiful environment surrounding the temple. The bevy of Jageshwar
Temples includes Dandeshwar Temple, Chandi-ka-Temple, Jageshwar Temple itself, Kuber
Temple, Mritunjaya Temple, Nau Durga Temple, Nava-grah Temple, Pyramidal Shrine
and the Surya Temple. Dandeshwar Temple and the Mrityunjaya Temple are known as
the oldest and the biggest enshrinement of Shiva.
Lord Shiva was known by many different names. Yogisvara i.e. the Lord of Yogi's
is an alternate name for Lord Shiva. In the month of April - May, during the Pooram
Festival, beautiful fireworks lighten the night sky. In the month of March - April,
during the Shivratri Festival devotees are seen in large numbers around the temple.
In August - September, during Onam which marks the harvest season, the temple comes
alive with lights and joy of people. The beautiful natural scenery of the area where
deodar trees are found in abundance and tranquil streams run throughout the area
attract tourists for pilgrimage.
Thus, the Jageshwar Temple of Mahamrutanjay, Yogisvara i.e. Lord Shiva, is a beautiful,
tranquil and holy place where pilgrims from all over come to worship Shiva and experience
its beauty. Tour guides provide more in-depth information about the history of the