All About Jageshwar Temples And Parvati Kund, PM Modi's Favourites

During a recent visit to Uttarakhand, Prime Minister Modi highlighted Jageshwar Temples and Parvati Kund as his personal favourites in the Kumaon region. Here's all you need to know about them
Jageshwar Temples

During a recent visit to Uttarakhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Kumaon region, specifically highlighting Jageshwar Temples and Parvati Kund as personal favourites. The allure of these places, according to him on the social media platform X, lies in their natural beauty and divinity.

PM Narendra Modi's post on X about visiting Jageshwar Temples and Parvati Kund
PM Narendra Modi's post on X about visiting Jageshwar Temples and Parvati KundNarendra Modi/X

Here's all about the two destinations, Jageshwar Temples and Parvati Kund.

Jageshwar Temples: A Journey through Time

Nestled in the Almora district of Uttarakhand, Jageshwar unfolds as a picturesque hamlet renowned for its cluster of 124 ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Dating back to the 9th century, these temples stand not only as significant religious sites but also as architectural marvels. Situated amidst a dense deodar and pine forest, the tranquillity of the Deodar jungle enhances the aura of serenity and mystique.

Devotees flock to Jageshwar to seek blessings, believing that Lord Shiva meditated in these forests, leaving the temples as evidence behind. The main temple, dedicated to a Shiva incarnation, serves as the centrepiece, emanating an air of serenity and mysticism.

Jageshwar Temple at Almora is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Uttarakhand
Jageshwar Temple at Almora is one of the oldest Hindu temples in UttarakhandImagesofIndia/

The Nagara style of architecture dominates the Jageshwar temples, showcasing intricately carved stone structures with tall, spire-like shikhara. These architectural wonders reflect the skills of ancient artisans, featuring engravings and sculptures depicting deities, celestial beings, and mythological narratives. Among the 124 temples, 64 smaller shrines house jyotirlingas, representations of Lord Shiva, considered highly sacred for spiritual blessings and purification.

Beyond its spiritual significance, Jageshwar unfolds as a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Surrounded by lush pine forests, pristine rivers, and the backdrop of towering Himalayan peaks, the serene environment offers solace and rejuvenation.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit is from March to June and September to November when the weather is pleasant, although the temples are open year-round for devotees.

Getting there: Jageshwar is accessible via direct road links from Pithoragarh, Haldwani, Almora, and Kathgodam. State transport buses, private jeeps, and taxis regularly operate to and fro Jageshwar, while the nearest railway station is located in Kathgodam, around 125 km away.

Parvati Kund: A Sacred Oasis

Parvati Kund, a lesser-known but sacred destination, holds its own unique charm and historical significance. It is believed that Goddess Parvati meditated here to win Lord Shiva’s heart. An essential pilgrimage site for devotees, the hot water spring at Parvati Kund is considered spiritually purifying.

The sacred site at Parvati Kund
The sacred site at Parvati

Located near Gangotri, Parvati Kund attracts thousands of devotees annually. The pilgrimage site, situated at approximately 5,000 feet above sea level, offers not only spiritual significance but also stunning natural beauty. Snow-capped mountains, lush green meadows, and the glistening Kund create a mesmerising backdrop, attracting adventure enthusiasts for trekking opportunities.

Despite its holy ambience, Parvati Kund offers more than spiritual solace; it beckons those seeking adventure in the enchanting Himalayan landscape.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the region is from June to October. 

Getting there: Accessing Parvati Kund from Pithoragarh is convenient via bus or taxi, with a journey time of 4-5 hours. 

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