Uttarakhand is known for the Land of Gods and Lord Shiva is the main dignity of Hinduism. You can visit famous Shiva temples in Uttarakhand to explore about them. Here in Uttarakhand, every temple has hidden some curious stories within itself.
Best 4 Shiva Temples in Uttarakhand
Jageshwar Dham, Almora
If you are visiting Almora, do include this beautiful temple in your itinerary. Jageshwar is a very ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva Temples which is set in the midst of tall oak and cedar trees. It is the 8th jyotiriling among the twelve and has great religious value. This serene temple comprises a cluster of 124 large and small stone temples, as told by Archaeological Survey of India and The localities believed that a temple is a place of Nagesh among the forest of Deodar.
It is a place worth visiting for both spiritual tourist and nature lovers. Besides those 124 temples, there are many other attractions as a historic museum and lovely scenic view of the mountains. One can use the place as a center of meditation because of its tranquility and calm environment.
The Jageshwar Monsoon Festival is held between 15 July to 15 August during the month of Shravan as per the Hindu Calendar and Maha Shivratri Mela, which takes place during spring has an important place in the calendar of entire Kumaon region.
Nanda Devi Temple, Almora
It is situated in Almora district of Uttarakhand and is dedicated to Nanda Devi which is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga. She was the patron goddess of the Chand dynasty and is believed to be the savior of the residents of Kumaon and other parts of Uttarakhand.
The major attraction of the temple is Nanda Devi Raj Jat (Yatra) that is held once in every 12 years. During the festival, the deity which is in the form of a sheep is beautifully decorated with jewellery, and food & clothing is offered to her.
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Tungnath Temple, Rudraprayag
Tungnath Temple of Lord Shiva is the world’s highest Shiva temples in high mountain of Garhwal Himalaya in Rudraprayag district. It is an ancient temple built at an altitude of 12,073 ft 5000 years ago and is easily accessible through 4 km long tedious but awful trekking trail enclosed by rhododendrons and the Himalayan peaks.
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Baijnath Temple, Baijnath
Baijnath temple of Uttarakhand is an archaic temple placed on the banks of Gomti river. It is said to have been built by Kumaon Katyuri King in 1150 A.D. It used to be the capital of Katyuri dynasty of kings who ruled over Uttarakhand during 12th and 13th century.
The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and holds a significant importance because as the mythology says that Lord Shiva and Parvati were married on the concourse of River Gomti and Garur Ganga. Apart from ravishing glimpse town offers a peaceful blend of beauty and reverence to one’s senses and soul.