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  Jageshwar Uttarakhand  
Jageshwar - Uttarakhand

Jageshwar village lies at 1870 meters on the Jatganga stream in an attractive narrow valley, forested with deodars, 34 km by road from Almora, and 386 km from Delhi. Believed to be the abode of 12 jyotirlingas, it has 124 temples and many statues dating to the 11th century AD, finely crafted. A 3 km climb to Vridha jageshwar on the high ridge above provides a panoramic vew of the snow peaks surrounding Nanda Devi, the presiding deity of Kumaon and Garhwal. A dozen Khukrne wood craftsmen retain the traditional local skill used for the ornate Jaegshwari dwellling facades. The community's dwelling idiom consists of single or double storeyed homes, mud plastered with slate-tiled sloping roofs, carved wooden windows and doorways. Nearby foci include a 10 km trek to Shokiathal and Mritola Ashram, which also enlists overseas disciples. Prominent fairs are held during Shivaratri and Saavan, when visitor inflow peaks. The region abutts the buffer zone of the Binsar Reserve Forest and adjoining tracts, characterised by a diverse, though fragile Himalayan environment

Places to See.The key attraction around Jageshwar is the historic Jageshwar Dham temple complex, that dates back to the 11th century AD. The important temples are the Jagnath temple, Mahamritunjaya temple, Nav Durga temple, Pushti Devi temple, Shri Kedarnath temple, Kuber temple, Dandeshwar temple, Vriddh Jageshwar, Koteshwar, Jhankar Saim temple etc. Mirtola Ashram, a center of spiritual and natural beauty, attracts many disciples. The Ashram is constructed around a Shiva Temple with the name Uttar Vrindavan. The other attractions are Brahma kund, Airawat cave, King Deep Chandra's statue, the scenic deodar forest with its ancient trees such as the Panch Pandava tree, comprising five tall deodar trees coalescing at the trunk!Jageshwar offers a rich kaleidoscope of breathtaking views of nature and its bounty, from splendid views of beautiful mountain ranges from an altitude of over 7000 ft; to natural forests with bio-diversity; birds' sanctuary; various herbs and medicinal plants growing naturally. The atmosphere of this region is peaceful and free from air, water and sound pollution. The winds coming across the Chir Pine and Deodar forests are soothing and healthy. The villages around are natural meditation centers and provide restful holidays.

Art & Craft The folk art can be seen in ornamentation on the wooden on the doors, windows and facades of the traditional homes. The folk art of aipan and jyoti patta is made on religious festivals and celebrations by women on the entrances of the houses and the courtyards. Traditionally the houses have been built with the locally available material - clay, stones and wood, whose construction is cost effective. The roof are made of stone and slate and slope down. The special feature of these houses is that they are cool in the summers and warm in the winters. These houses do not get damp and are always comfortable

Local Culture                                                                    Fairs and festivals: The people of these villages have a tremendous sense of festivity. Most of the festivals are related to the agricultural activities.The festival of Harela heralds the sowing of the crop, Huraki is the plantation and harrowing festival. Music and dance is an integral part of people's life. After the daylong hard labour in the fields, to maintain liveliness and for recreation, men and women of the villages organize community dances - Jhoda, Chanchari, Rituraina, Bhagnol etc. - on various occasions. These dances are also organized on the occasion of family and social celebrations - birth, marriage, fairs etc. Cuisine: Due to traditional and natural farming methods, the grains, vegetables, fruits and herbs are of high quality in terms of nutrition values and taste. Special items of traditionally prepared local foods are dubka made of gahat (kulthi) and black soyabean, jholi-bhat, kapa(green vegetables), pua etc. Herbal medicine: Traditionally the villages have developed their own herbal medicines. They have their own preventive and curative systems based on local herbs and food restrictions, with modern allopathic doctors and the traditional doctors (vaidyas) and soothsayers still actively providing their services to the villagers.

How to Reach

 By road: Jageshwar is well-connected to Delhi by road, and many tourists utilise the roadlinks to make their journey. The scenic route from Delhi to Jageshwar, through Corbett Park and Ramnagar is 406 km long, where as another route via Haldwani and Kathgodam is 392 km long. By train: The nearest train station is at Kathgodam, located about 130 km from Jageshwar. Buses and taxis are available from the train station to reach the site. By air: Take a flight to Pantanagar, which is located 20 km from Haldwani. Further, taxis and buses are available from Haldwani to Jageshwar



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