Vriddha Jageshwar, Almora is well-known as Bara/Baal Jageshwar Temple among the local people. This is an ancient holy pilgrimage of Lord Shiva at Almora. It is situated on the Jageshwar hillocks surrounded by dense Deodar forest around 37 kilometres from Almora. Mahadeva is revered here in the form of an ‘aged human being. Basically, there are two temples positioned in the main complex Jageshwar and Vriddha and Vriddha is popular as Baal Jageshwar. However, there are many more temples situated inside the main former premise and around the caves as well which hold numerous untold mysteries and stories. When one reaches to this pilgrimage, serenity at the temple covers the soul with divine pleasure of meeting the Supreme Being.
On Mahashivratri, umpteen devotees throng
the temple with prayers on their mind and offering on their hands. People come from
various places to get Shiva’s Blessings and they observe a holy vibe
surrounding in this auspicious occasion.
Fairs have been organised and people often fast on the night of Shivratri
and sing hymns and praises in the name of Lord Shiva. Large carcades are
carried out within the city with people thronging the streets to catch a glance
of the venerate idol of Mahadeva.