Pilgrimage Tour

Jyotirmath Temple in Joshimath, Uttarakhand

Also known as Jyoti Pitha, this temple is located in the city of Joshimath (Jyotirmath), Uttarakhand. Popularly, this place is also known as Northern Monastery or Uttaramnaya Matha, it is one of the cardinal monasteries established by Adi Shankara somewhere in the 8th Century. He appointed chief disciples to take care of the 4 institutes and in honour of him, they began to be referred to as Shankaracharyas themselves. In addition to these seven institutions, there are various others located throughout India and have their own separate leaders and administrations. Jyotir Math, for a long time, has been going through successorship issues.

Jyotir Math Temple is Famous For

Jyotirmath, out of the 4 monasteries, is in charge of Atharva Veda. Atharva Veda is one of the 4 vedas and has been a late addition to the series of the books. Composed in Vedic script, this Veda is popularly known as the “knowledge storehouse of everyday procedures of life”. Dedicated to Rajrajeshwari Devi and Badrinarayan, this temple has a sacred cave where Adi Shankaracharya took his tapasya. According to popular belief, the idol of Lord Narsinh that is established here seems to be withering away with time. Once it withers away completely, it is said that the current idol Badrinath Temple will disappear and reappear at a new location in black stone, 10 kilometers away from Jyotir Math.

Festivals/Events Celebrated at Jyotir Math Temple in Uttarakhand

  • Narsinh Jayanti, the festival of Lord Narsinh appearing in half human half god form is celebrated here with great enthusiasm.
  • Besides that, the festival of Holi embarks devotees visiting this temple in great numbers.
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