Jageshwar Dham

October 25, 2022 by admin0

The Jageshwar Dham Temple complex looked like a small nest amidst thick deodar trees on the banks of the river. Some houses  scattered on the hill, facing the Jageshwar Dham Temple complex. Fine carvings done on the doors and windows of every house. There was a small market in the street in front of the temple. In a narrow valley, you get to see the whole city – some 124 temples, a village, its market, a river, and a beautiful forest. All  seen in the frame of a picture.

 

The main temple complex surrounded on all sides by a high, stone wall. This is called Jageshwar Dham. 124 small and big temples are situated within their limits. The peaks of the temples were visible from afar.

Jageshwar Dham

Shiva Temple of Jageshwar

There are 124 temples in the Jageshwar Dham temple complex which dedicated to Lord Shiva in his Linga form. Although each temple has different names. Some are based on different forms of Shiva and some dedicated to cosmic bodies like Navagraha. A temple dedicated to Shakti has a beautiful idol of the goddess inside. There a temple dedicated to Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman and a temple dedicated to Navdurga.

Shivling installed inside most of the temples. Stone plaques based on the names of the temples  placed at the entrances of the temples. Like Kuber plaque over Kuber temple, Lakulish plaque over Lakulish temple. Similarly, there is a sculpture of Shiva dancing on the plaque above the entrance of the Tandeshwar temple.

Architect of the Temples

Most of the temples in the Jageshwar Dham Temple complex built in the North Indian Nagara style, in which the temple structure gives primacy to its high spire. Apart from this, a wooden roof  also installed separately on top of the peak in big temples. This seen to be a specialty here. In the local language it called Bijora. This appears to be a Nepalese or Tibetan influence on the temples.  Some temples also built in South Indian style. One compelled to wonder that before the revolution of the means of transport, how it would have been possible to mix art from one end of the country to the other!

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