Mukteshwar Temple is a popular shrine of Lord Shiva Lord Shiva and is also known as Mukesaran Mandir. Idols of Lord Ganesha, Lord Bramha, Lord Vishnu, Lord Hanuman and Goddess Parvati are present. There are some caves which according to the locals dates back to the period of the Mahabharata. The caves and temple has been carved on one of the rocky hill. This temple stands tall at the hill top and is a landmark around the city.
Situated at the hilltop, Mukteshwar temple has a white marble Shivling, with a copper Yoni. The Shivling is surrounded by the idols of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Paravati, Lord Hanuman and Lord Ganesha.
History of this historical ancient temple says, it is 55 hundred years old temple, whose existence is known from the time of Mahabharata.
Yudhishthira gambles away his entire kingdom, his wealth, his four brothers and even his wife, in a series of gambits to retrieve one by staking another. So Pandavas lost their kingdom and get the exile (Vanvas) of 12 years and 1 year Incognito (Agayatwas) - in which they have to be live unrecognized.
During this 1 year Incognito, All five pandavas with their wife Draupadi stayed in the form of sage , Brahmins and Hermits and visited unrecognized at different places. During the time of incognito, they reached cooast of ravi river in a state of five rivers (Punjab). Here they built the four caves and one lord shiva temple at the hilltop. They stayed here in this temple for six months. They crafted the Shivlingam present in the temple and worshipped the lord shiva here. The Havan Kund made by them, is still present there in temple.
A Fair, called the Mukesran Da Mela, is held anually at this place, in April, to mark Baisakhi festival. Also every year big festival on day of Shivratri and after one month of shivratri there is three day festival Chaitra Chodiya and also Navratri festival. Somvati Amavasya is another big fair temple committee organizes. Lots of pilgrim from all over the Punjab and nearby state Himachal, J&K comes here for to worship God every year mainly on Mukesran mela and Shiv Ratri.
This place is also known as mini (small) haridwar. Those people who can not do ash immersion of their kin at haridwar, they flow it in Ravi River at Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple.
From Jammu Airport Mukteshwar Mahadev temple is 107 km, from Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar it is 154 km. From Pathankot railway station Mukteshwar Mahadev temple is 24 Km and 26.2 Km from Pathankot Cantt. station. FRom Jugial - Dam Road it is 6.2 Km
Himachal Roadways, Jammu and Kashmir Roadways, Punjab Roadways and PUNBUS have bus services for interstate regions and the inter city of Punjab. Regular busses from Delhi, Ludhiana, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh ply from Pathankot. You can take bus for jugial to visit the holy mukteshwar shrine.
On reaching Pathankot or direct at Shahpur Kandi, get the bus towards Jugial to Dam road towards Dam. There is an engineering college which comes in the way of Muteshwar Mahadev Temple. After passing by Tawi Engineering College keep an eye on a small road towards your left which will take you to the destination.
- temple remains open 24 hours
- Contact Person:
Jai Baba Mukteshwar Mahadev Prabandak Committee
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