Jageshwar Dham

Jageshwar Dham: A cluster of Many Shiva Temples



Jageshwar Dham

Jageshwar Dham is a large temple complex containing about 125 temples and 174 sculptures. It is situated on the bank of Jata Ganga at an elevation of 1870 meters in the Almora district of Uttarakhand surrounded by deodar forest. According to Hindu mythology, the belief of Jageshwar Dham is Lord Shiva and Sapta rishi meditated (Tapasya) here and this place became so powerful that whatever wish a person asked for whether ethical or unethical was granted. Later in the 8th century, Adi Shankaracharya meditated here before leaving for Kedarnath Dham and reduced the power of this place by making it to ethical wishes that would not harm others will only be fulfilled.  

The temples in the complex include Jagnath temple, Mrityunjay temple, Hanuman temple, Surya temple, Neel Kanth temple, Navagrahas temple, Pushti Mata temple, Lakulisa temple, Kedarnath temple, Navadurga temple, Batuk Bhairav temple, and many more that depict ancient culture and design. There also stands a Brahma Kund in the Jageshwar Dham temple complex where one can take a Snana (ritual bath). The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has set up a museum near the Jageshwar Dahm temple. As per ASI, these temples were built post-Gupta and pre-medieval era and are nearly 2500 years old.

The mesmerizing ambiance of Jageshwar Dham is quite suitable for meditation. Many devotees visit this temple to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva.

How to Reach Jageshwar Dham

Located on the Almora- Barechina road in the Kumaon region, Jageshwar Dham is situated at a distance of 36km from Almora and 123km from Haldwani. It is well connected by motorable roads with all the nearby destinations of Uttarakhand. Earlier Jageshwar Dham used to be a major stopover when people had to trek to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Jageshwar Dham by Air

The nearest airport to reach Jageshwar Dham is Pantnagar Airport which is at a distance of about 150km. You can hire a taxi/ cab from the airport to reach Jageshwar Dham.
Regular flights of Indigo, Air India, and Spicejet operate between New Delhi and Pantnagar.

  • Time taken by the fastest flight is: 2h 15m approx

Regular flights of Air India operate between Mumbai and Pantnagar.

  •  Time taken by the fastest flight is: 7h approx

Jageshwar Dham by Rail

The nearest railway station to reach Jageshwar Dham is Kathgodam Railway Station which is at a distance of 37km approx. Cab/ Taxi is easily available from the station to reach Jageshwar Dham.
Regular trains from New Delhi to Kathgodam are Ndls- Kgm Shatabdi Express, Ranikhet Express, Uttranchal Sampark Kranti Express, etc
Train from Mumbai to Kathgodam is BDTS- RMR Weekly SF Express, etc

Jageshwar Dham by Road

Jageshwar Dham is well-linked with many destinations of Uttarakhand such as Almora, Haldwani, Pithoragarh, and so on. The government, as well as private buses, regularly operate from these places to Jageshwar Dham. You can also hire cabs/taxis to reach Jageshwar Dham. 

Best time to visit Jageshwar Dham

April to June and September to October are the best time to visit Jageshwar Dham as during spring and early monsoon the weather is pleasant and favorable for sightseeing.

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