Lord Shiva & Goddess Shakti
The Mundeshwari Devi Temple (also spelled as Mundesvari) is located at Kaura in Kaimur district in the state of Bihar, India on the Mundeshwari Hills at an elevation of 608 feet (185 m). It is an ancient temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and Shakti and is considered one of the oldest Hindu temples in Bihar. It is believed that rituals and worship have been performedhere without a break. It is also considered as the 'oldest functional' temple of world.
The inscription of an information plaque erected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at the site indicates the dating of the temple to 108 AD. However, there are other versions for the dating stating the Saka era, prior to Gupta dynasty rule (320 AD) in India, and specifically to 105 AD according to the Administrator of the Bihar Religious Trust Board. The temple, a protected monument under ASI since 1915, is substantially damaged and is under restoration.
The temple, built of stone, is on an octagonal plan which is rare. It is the earliest specimen of the Nagara style of temple architecture in Bihar. The main deities in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple are of the Devi Mundeshwari and Chaturmukh (four faced) Shiva linga. Apart from Shiva and Shakti, the temple also has idols of other popular gods in the Hindu pantheon including Ganesha, Surya, Vishnu and Mother Goddess.
Budget and small hotels are available at Bhabua city for the visiting devotees which is just 13 km from the temple.
The important festivals celebrated here grandly are Rama Navami, Maha Shivaratri and Navratri. The temple attracts a large crowd of devotees during these festivals. A big annual fair (mela) is held nearby during the Navaratra visited by thousands. The worship of shakti in the form of Devi Mundeshwari in the temple is also indicative of tantric cult of worship, which is practiced in Eastern India.
This temple can be reached by road via Patna, Gaya, or Varanasi. Transport Bhabua road is also name as Mohania which is well connected by air, rail and road with the major Indian cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Indore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Jaipur, Patna, Jamshedpur, Secunderabad etc. The district head quarters Bhabua city is just 13.5 kms from here.
By train Bhabua Road Railway station (Mohania) is 29.6 kms. Transportation facilities are available from the railway station and from the surrounding cities.
The nearest airport is Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport(Varanasi), which is 109 kms from here.
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