A good place to include in tour packages in India is the Jageshwar temple complex. Situated in the Kumaon Himalayas, at a height of 1870 metres, the complex is surrounded by a thick forest of tall cedar trees. There is no certainty on the date of its construction, though the structures are held to be at least 450 years old. The period between the 8th and 18th centuries is normally attributed to its construction and the Sanskrit and Brahmi inscription on the walls and pillars of the shrines are from 7th to the 10th centuries. Adi Shankaracharya is thought to have visited the site and renovated the temples, before going further north.
Shrines and Architecture
All the shrines are built in North Indian temple style and have a carved, conical tower, above the sanctum. Entry inside the individual structures is not possible as they are not too high and their doors are too small to let humans through. The Tarun Mahadev is among the most significant of all temples of Shiva in the complex. Its walls have carvings of human figures in various dancing postures. The structure faces west and has one statue of Nandi and Skandi, on either side, acting as gatekeepers. Both Lord Shiva and Parvati, his consort are depicted in separate lingams. Behind the linga are idols of two Chand emperors, Deepchand and Tripalchand while a flame burns inside the temple. The oldest and largest temple in the complex in called Mahamrityunjaya Mahadev, and this one faces the east direction. An idol of Goddess Durga is kept in a separate shrine.
Travellers as part of their India travel packages can reach this ancient place of worship by bus or car from the city of Almora, which is 35 km away. Trains can be taken to the nearest railway station in Kathgodam, about 135 km away. These packages may or may not include the fare of transportation via bus or taxi from the Kathgodam railway station, which has trains to and from Delhi.