Jageshwar Dham

Nagesh Jyotirlinga

Tarun Jageshwar is one of the principal temples . This is a west facing temple of Lord Shiva, here Lord Shiva is present in the form of  an Akhand Jyoti, an immortal flame.

Jageshwar is the place of Nagesh, 8th among the Dwadasa Jyotirlingas (the twelve resplendent lingas of  Lord Shiva established by Lord Vishnu), which is stated to be existing in the forest of Deodar or daruka (Sanskrit: दारूक वन, transliteration: daruka van) 

 Jageshwar Dham is a place of silence and energy  .  A silent state of mind can easily be achieved just by spending some time in this magical place.

Vanvaas provides an opportunity to live and meditate in this beautiful mountain village .

"हिमाद्रेरूत्तरे पार्श्वे देवदारूवनं परम् पावनं शंकरस्थानं तत्र् सर्वे शिवार्चिताः।"

vanvaas meditation homes

The Mahamrityunjay temple is the largest and oldest temple in the Jageshwar temples. This temple of Lord Shiva is east facing and the Linga is worshipped as the saviour from death - महामृत्युंजय The unique linga has an opening in the shape of an eye Pilgrims believe that reciting the Mahamritunjaya Mantra (महामृत्युंजय मंत्र) is a fruitful, auspicious and powerful method of self-realisation, removal of evil effects, and freedom from all kinds of fears, illness and negativity. The Mahamritunjaya Mantra is attested in the Sukla Yajurveda Samhita III/60 -

ॐ हौ जूँ सः .   ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः  . ॐ त्रयंबकं यजामहे सुगन्धिम् पुष्टिवधर्नम्   .   उर्वारूकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्यॊर्मुक्षीय मामृतात्  .  ॐ स्वः भुवः भूः ॐ  .  सः जूँ हौ ॐ

As per the folklore in Jageshwar , Lord Shiva selected this place to be his abode.  Adi Shankacharya tried to build the main temple at Kotlinga but to no avail as Lord Shiva wanted Kotlinga to be specifically reserved as his place for meditation .  Old ruins of a temple structure can still be found near Kotlinga 

abode of bhole nath


We pray Lord Shiva, the All-Seeing One, three eyed, who bears grace of all-pervading divine fragrance and enricher of all kinds of powers and viguour by his enormous prosperous bestowals. May He release me from the grip of premature untimely death, but not from immortality like pumpkin or watermelon separates after ripening from its vine

Jageshwar Dham