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Jageshwar Temple is a part of group of 124 ancient temples in Uttarakhand.

The biggest and most visited temple in this 124-temple town is the Jageshwar Mahadev Temple, nestled in the Jataganga Valley like a precious gem. These temples, built mostly in the 9th century, are so well-preserved that they might just make you believe in time travel.

Archaeological geeks, prepare to be enchanted by the deeply-seated mythological beliefs that form the root of Indian culture. But beware, this place may awaken an unquenchable thirst for exploration beyond its borders.

The Mahamrityunjay Temple, made up of the words “Maha,” meaning great, “mrityun,” meaning death, and “jaya,” meaning victory, is a must-see for those seeking victory over death and all other worldly obstacles. The temple’s lingam, or stone idol representing the God, is perched between the opening of an eye, and the temple echoes with the reverberating chants of the Mahamrityunjay Mantra. And don’t forget to make a wish when you pay homage to the one-of-a-kind carved idol!

Surrounded by towering deodhars, the temple complex is also home to frisky monkeys who are more than eager to please the priests. But fear not, the number of tourists and devotees is still manageable, so make sure to visit this gem before it turns into the next Haridwar.

To reach Jageshwar, hop on a state transport bus, a private jeep or taxi, or take a drive through the scenic route from Pithoragarh, Haldwani, Almora, or Kathgodam. The nearest railhead is Kathgodam, located around 125 km away.

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