Pilgrimage Tour

Jyotirmath Temple

Jyotirmath or Joshimath is a monastery or Math placed in the town of Joshimath in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Jyotirmath is one of the four monasteries established by Adi Jagatguru Shankaracharya in the 8th century CE. It is also famous as Shankaracharya Math.

The northern monastery or uttaramnaya, Jyotirmath houses many pious deities. A holy Laxmi Narayan Temple is located inside the Shri Shankaracharya Math. The idols of Badrinarayan and Rajrajeswari Devi are also placed inside the temple. One can also find temples devoted to Lord Narsimha and Lord Basu Dev.

The beautiful monastery of Jyotirmath stands at a height of 6,150 feet and the serene setting of majestic Himalayas raises the religious aura of this place.

History of Jyotirmath

It is believed that the great Adi Guru Shankaracharya attained enlightenment in the holy cave under the Kalpavriksha (a Mulberry tree) situated at this place. He wrote the well known Shankar Bhashya inside the cave. A shivalingam which Adi Shankarcharya himself brought from Kailash is also very beautifully located inside the cave.

Places to See in Jyotirmath/Joshimath

  • Auli : Located at a splendid height of 2505 meter, Auli is the perfect getaway destination in Uttarakhand. This beautiful hill station is surrounded by dense forest of oak & coniferous and Nanda Devi mountains.
  • Narsingh Temple : Narsingh is one of the holiest shrines located in Joshimath. This ancient temple is devoted to Lord Narsingh, the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
  • Tapovan Joshimath : Located at 14 km from Joshimath, Tapovan is famous for the natural hot water spring that comes out of the earth. It is believed that the hot water has high medicinal values and cure skin diseases.
  • Chenab Lake : Chenab Lake is a scenic crystalline lake near Joshimath. The dense forest of oak and deodar surround the lake. To reach this lake one has to cross the last village of Joshimath, Dang village.

Best Time to Visit Jyotirmath

The best time to visit Jyotimirmath is April to November. During winter’s heavy snowfall make the weather freezing cold. In monsoon heavy rainfall takes place. So, April to November is the ideal time to visit Shankaracharya Math and to explore the nearby tourist spots of Joshimath.

How to Reach Jyotirmath

  • By Air : The nearest airport to Joshimath is Jolly Grant Airport that is located at a distance of 272 kms.
  • By Rail : The closest railway station to Joshimath is Rishikesh that is situated 250 kms away. Rishikesh is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India.
  • By Road : Joshimath has good road connectivity. Taxis and buses are easily available to Joshimath from Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Rishikesh, Haridwar and many other destinations.
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