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Hinduism - Where Is Jageshvar?


 In the hamlet of the same name, located in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayas in the state of Uttar Pradesh, there is a temple complex and a holy spot (tirtha).

The Jageshvar temple complex is comprised of 124 temples spread over an area about the size of a football field.

Almost every one of these temples is devoted to Shiva in some manner, and the ones that are not are either temples to the Goddess, Shiva's wife, or, in one instance, shrines to the deity Hanuman, who is sometimes regarded an avatar or incarnation of Shiva.

The majority of these temples are tiny—either an open depiction of Shiva's aniconic emblem, the linga, or a temple little bigger than a telephone booth.

Shiva in his manifestations as Kedarnath, Mrtyunjaya ("Conqueror of Death"), and Jageshvar, from whence the location derives its name, are the three most significant temples.

Jageshvar means "Wakeful Lord," implying that this particular form of Shiva is constantly aware of his followers' (bhakta) wants and would immediately fulfill any request.

According to local legend, Jageshvar is one of Shiva's twelve jyotirlingas, a network of spots thought highly important to Shiva and where Shiva may be seen alone.

Although the traditional list of jyotirlingas does not corroborate this assertion, Jageshvar has been a pilgrimage place for over a thousand years.

The Mrtyunjaya temple is believed to have been established in the seventh century C.E., while the Jageshvar temple was built two centuries later.

Since then, the Jageshvar complex has been expanded thanks to the patronage of numerous distinct groups of hill kings, the most recent of which were the Chand dynasty, who governed the area from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century.

The temple complex's undeniable antiquity, royal connections, and reputation as a spot where Shiva quickly granted one's desires have all combined to make it the most prominent pilgrimage site in the Kumaon area. 


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