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  • Chandi-ka-Temple,
  • Jageshwar Temple itself,
  • Kuber Temple,
  • Mritunjaya Temple,
  • Nau Durga Temple,
  • Nava-grah Temple,
  • Pyramidal Shrine and the
  • Surya Temple.

 Dandeshwar Temple

The Dandeshwar temple stands tall amidst the panoramic vistas of the Kumauni hills. The aura it exudes is a medley of spiritual bliss, ancient impressions and melodious cosmic sounds. Hindu mythological Lore is that Lord Shiva resides in the temple and keeps guard over the region with a staff. The complex houses several smaller temples.  The gurgling sounds from nearby flowing streams add to the ambience.

An ideal place for a meditation session with the splendid view as a backdrop, taking in the extraordinary architecture and listening to fascinating historical stories.

 Mritunjaya temple

The oldest stone temple in the area the Mritunjaya temple is typically designed in the traditional North Indian temple architectural style. Tall spires, curved doorways and spectacular depiction of Hindu deities can be seen around the alter. The temple enshrines a stone lingam or a phallic representation of the Lord Shiva.  The carved lingam is unique with no similar representation. Continuously reverberating with the sounds of Mahamritunjaya mantra blended with reverential bhajans the temple is visited by scores of devotees seeking the Lord Shiva’s blessings.

 Jageshwar Mahadev Temple

The Jageshwar Mahadeva temple is one of the principle temples in the temple complex. The temple gates are guarded by Nandi the bull and Skandi. Nandi-the bearer of truth and righteousness is the vehicle for the Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. The Lord Shiva with Nandi is one of the oldest forms of Hindu sculptural representation dating pre-3000 BC

In Hindu mythology Nandi  is associated also with strength and virility. He is believed to grant you boons if your wish is whispered in his ear.

In the sanctum sanctorum of the temple is the Shivalinga which is divided into two parts. The larger one depicts the Lord Shiva and the smaller one his consort Parvati.

This is one of the most fascinating temple that seems to capture the soul and the emotive essence of the holy temple city. It seems as if the Lord Shiva himself sits in meditation at this ancient temple site.

Jageshwar museum

The olden idols and sculptures found in the Jagshwar temple are housed in the museum at the outside of the temple complex.

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