Jageshwar Archeological Museum in Almora District

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Archaeological Museum Jageshwar

Jageshwar Archeological Museum in Almora District Uttarakhand was built in 1995, was converted into a museum in 2000 in Jageshwar. It houses 174 sculptures dating from the 9th to 13th centuries AD that were discovered in the vicinity at temples belonging to the Jageshwar, Dandeshwar, and Kuber groups of temples.
This archaeological museum displays a tiny collection of magnificent religious carvings that were taken for preservation from adjacent temples. If you’re interested in ancient Indian history, it’s certainly worth a look. The ‘Dancing Ganesha’ and the extremely detailed version of ‘Uma/Maheshwar Sitting on Nandi’ with some strong snake action are among the highlights.
Jageshwar, a peaceful temple town in Uttarakhand’s Almora district, is home to more than 100 stone temples devoted to Lord Shiva, earning it the nickname “Valley of Gods.”
The temples reflect the finest design and are placed against a landscape of lush mountains and the shimmering Jat Ganga stream. Some are small, while others are rather large.
The temple complex comprises over 125 temples and 174 sculptures, including idols of Lord Shiva and Parvati, and is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Some of these temples feature over 25 inscriptions on their walls and pillars.

Anyone interested in the history and culture of the Jageshwar temples would like it. I had a great time seeing the elaborately carved stone statues as an art enthusiast.

This collection is unique in that all of the sculptures were discovered in the region, in temples belonging to the Jageshwar, Dandeshwar, and Kuber groups, and they all testify to the time to which they belong. The majority of them date from the 9th to 13th centuries AD.

There are two art galleries, each containing a variety of sculptures on pedestals of various sizes. Uma-Maheshwar, Pona-Raja sculpture, and Navagrahas-Surya, Soma, Mangala, Budha, Brrhaspati, Shukra, Shani, Rahu, and Ketu are some of the masterworks.

The museum’s relics speak favourably of Uttaranchal art. Some are also depicted. I was taken aback by the carvings on some of the sculptures, as well as the images of Gods and Goddesses.

And there’s no doubting that the Archaeological Survey of India deserves credit for preserving and maintaining these priceless statues.

Note: No Entry Fee and to combat theft, photography is not permitted within the museum.

How to Reach Jageshwar Archaeological Museum

By Train:

The nearest railway station is Kathgodam, which is around 125 kilometres away. Kathgodam is directly connected by train to Delhi, India’s capital, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh’s state capital, and Dehradun, Uttarakhand’s state capital.

By Air:

Pantnagar is the closest airport to Jageshwar. Jageshwar is 150 kilometres from Pantnagar Airport. Taxis are available from Pant Nagar Airport to Jageshwar.

By Road:

35 km direct link with Almora. Haldwani is 131 kilometres away. Pithoragarh is 88 kilometres away, and private jeeps and taxis are accessible in Kathgodam.

Coming back to our roots by visiting the historical sites and old temple makes us realise that this sector of tourism needs much more marketing and motivation than it currently has. Promising to bring back more and more such blogs related to our history, culture and traditions.
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