Jageshwar is a pilgrimage town in Almora district in Kumaon region located at a height of approx 1870 m from the sea level. It is believed to carry the Nagesh Jyotirlinga dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple city comprises a cluster of 124 large and small stone temples, preserved by the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). The important and some main temples are Mrityunjay Temple, Kuber Temple, Chandika Temple, Nanda Devi Temple, Dandeshwar Temple, Surya Temple, Jageshwar Temple etc.
The temples at Jageshwar, assumed to include the Nagesh Jyotirlinga.
According to Hindus beliefs, Jageshwar is the place of Nagesh, 8th among the Dwadasa Jyotirlingas (the twelve splendid lingas of Shiva launched by lord Vishnu), which is stated to exist in the forest of Deodar or daruka .
Establishment and Structure of the temples
There is no records regarding the establishment of these temples, but as per the beliefs, these temples are made between the 8th to 18th Century by early Katyuri Dynasty to Chand Dynasty. On the main temple premises, there is an inscription of Malla Kings. For the maintenance of the temple, Katyur kings donated villages to the temple priests. It is believed, Adi Sankaracharya visited here and re-established many temples while going to Kedarnath in the year 1890. The architecture of the temples belong to the Nagara style. Most of the temples have a stone lingam and stone sculptures of multiple deities.
Temples in Jageshwar
There are a group of temples in the Jageshwar Dham as follows :
Sri Maha Mrityunjay mahadev
Jhanker Saim Mahadev
Sri Bridha Jageshwar