The first Shivling of this universe appeared in this place and from here the worship of Shivalinga started and the depth of Shivlinga is up to 8 feet. It is believed Adi Shankaracharya visit in this place and re-constructed the temple in ancient time and later Chand kings renovated this temple in the 7th-8th Century. The Pandavas, hero of epic Mahabharata stayed here while on their journey to the heaven.
This is the home of two important temples of lord Shiva:
- The Mrityunjaya Mahadev temple - it is believed Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra was originated in this place.
- The Jageshwar Mahadev temple - it is believed that the Jageshwar Jyotirlinga is the 8th Jyotirling among the Twelve Jyotirlingas in the country.
It is a very old and ancient temple and Marvelous architectural structures attracting tourists all over the india. The Jageshwar dham / group of temples now under the ASI administration and is being managed by Archaeological Survey of India which is also maintains a museum next to the temple.
There are many types of pujas performed by Pandits in Jageshwar Mahadev temple by which the human and other blemish is redressed. Rudra Abhishek Pooja which is the biggest worship of Baba Jageshwar. Mahamritiyunjay Aanusthan and those who have Kaal Sharp Dosh can also come and worship at this place. Varthik Pooja – In this worship, the Shivling of soil, rice, ghee, Cow dung, and butter are made. On the day of Shivratri, women who do not have children, they hold Deep in their hand and stand whole night.
Travelers requires at least 2 to 3 hours time to explore all the temples and there is a small river flowing on the back side of the temple called "Jata Ganga - the river flowing through the hair of Lord Mahadeva". There are many other temples are also located in near the temple. i.e. Vriddha Jageshwar Temple which is located 2+ km this temple. Jhanker Saim Mahadev Temple is located after going 3 km behind from Jageshwar temple. The temple of Chitai Golu Devta is located on the way to Haldwani. Dandeshwar Temple of Lord Shiva is located 2 km away from Jageshwar Temple.