Mundeshwari Devi Temple – Oldest functional Temple in World

Mundeshwari Devi Temple - Oldest Temple in World
Mundeshwari Devi

Mundeshwari Devi Temple is oldest functioning temple in world which is located in Mundeshwari Dham Rd, Kaimur, Bihar( India ) on the Mundeshwari Hills. Mundeshwari Devi Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti. This temple is built of stone, is on an octagonal plan.

According to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), this temple was built in 108 AD and is a protected monument since 1915. 

Mundeshwari Temple is considered to be a specimen of the Nagara architectural style. Ram Navami and Shivratri festival are special attractions of Mundeshwari temple.

Outer View of Mundeshwari Devi Temple

The main deities in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple are of the Devi Mundeshwari and Chaturmukha (four faced) Shiva linga. There are also two stone vessels of unusual design. Even though the Shiva linga is installed in the centre of the sanctum, the main presiding deity is Devi Mundeshwari deified inside a niche, which is seen with ten hands holding symbols riding a buffalo, attributed to Mahishasuramardini. Mundeshwari Temple also has murtis of other popular gods such as Ganesha, Surya and Vishnu. The temple is visited by a large number of pilgrims each year, particularly during Ramnavami and Shivratri.

Nearest Railway Station :  Mohania – Bhabua Road railway station.

Nearest Airport : Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi (102 km from the Temple)

Mundeshwari Devi Temple - Oldest Temple in World
Entrance of Mundeshwari Devi Temple

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