The ancient temple city of Jageshwar is the land of Shiva, one can experience the spirituality and the positivity in this place.
Jageshwar, apart from its beautifully engraved stone temple, is also the base of various colorful festivals that are celebrated with grandeur.
Some of the most prominent festivals in Jageshwar are Maha Shivratri Mela, Pooram Festival and Jageshwar Monsoon Festival.
Shivratri is one of the biggest festivals that is celebrated in Jageshwar with a lot of enthusiasm and vigor. This takes place in spring, in March or April. The entire temple area is lit with lights and decorated with colorful handmade decorations. Traditional food is prepared and people dress up in colorful traditional attire. Everyone comes together to praise Lord Shiva on this auspicious day of Shivratri.
Pooram festival is celebrated with a lot of gusto at the Vaddakkunath Temple. The festivities include nightlong fireworks and a magnificent elephant procession, traditional rituals are followed and men and women dress up in their traditional attire.
Jageshwar Monsoon Festival also called the Shrawan/Shrawani Mela is one of the prominent tourist attractions of Jageshwar. This festival is celebrated in worship of the Hindu god Shiva every year, between 15th July and 15th August. Locals and villagers come and sing songs of worship in praise of Lord Shiva.
The government organizes these festivals on a grand scale to promote religious tourism in the Kumaon region. This is part of the effort to protect the fading traditions of our society.
Though crowded with devotees, it is an experience in itself to see Jageshwar transform from a sleepy hamlet to a bustling venue full of religious fervour, an experience of a lifetime.