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Mukteshwar Temple, Mukteshwar Overview

One of the most popular shrines, Mukteshwar temple, is an ancient temple which is almost 350 years old and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Perched on top of the highest point in Mukteshwar (which is a beautiful hill station that got its name after the shrine), the temple lies approximately 2312 m above the sea level. This grand temple is identified as one of the eighteen most important temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in the Hindu scripture.

The location of Mukteshwar Temple atop a hill makes it a perfect place for clicking some wonderful pictures and capturing memories. The nature lovers must surely visit the temple and enjoy the breathtaking view one is likely to get from there. A white marble Shiva Linga is also present here which has a copper yoni. In addition to the Shiva Linga, there are idols of other deities as well including Lord Ganesha, Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati, Hanuman, and Nandi. The Mukteshwar temple is considered vital and holds a lot of significance for the committee of iron ore miners known as 'agaries'.  

This magnificent temple is believed to be home to Shri Mukteshwar Maharaj Ji which is also a suitable place to practice meditation. One can even trek to the hilltop where the temple is located. Also, since the trek is not very challenging and the way up to the hill is covered with fruits orchards and forests in use, it takes about 2 hours to reach there.   

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History of Mukteshwar Temple

The temple dates back to the 10th Century BC. The Puranas consider Mukteshwara Temple to be amongst the 18 temples which are dedicated to Lord Shiva. As per an old legend, an enormous battle was fought between a demon and Lord Shiva. Though the demon got defeated, he attained Mukti. Many devtas, as well as the Pandavas, are believed to have visited the temple and graced it with their presence. This grand architectural marvel is believed to be built by the king of Somavamshi Dynasty, Yayati I.

Many important ceremonies, as well as religious events, are conducted in the temple by the followers of Lord Shiva. As per another belief, those couples who have been trying to conceive a child but are being unable to do so are soon blessed with a child after offering prayers in the Mukteshwar temple with mud lamps in their hands.

Architecture of Mukteshwar Temple

Mukteshwar Temple is popularly known as the Gem of Odisha Architecture. It is a tourist attraction which falls on the list of the protected monuments of India. The architecture of the temple is one of a kind. Lord Shiva's lingas along with numerous sculptures forming a different kind of meditating pose can be spotted all over the temple.

The structure of Mukteshwar temple facing west showcases the change between the initial and later stage of the Kalinga style of architecture which was the most prominent style of architecture in those times. The highlighting feature of the temple is undoubtedly the highly decorated arch also known as the Torana which is a sign of the Buddhist architecture. The Torana comprises of beautiful carvings of women, ornaments etc.

The temple has a height of 35 feet and has a regular shape which is not at all gigantic. The windows have a diamond shape and lattice designs. Apart from these, monkeys with their humorous acts from the tales of Panchatantra can be spotted on the walls of the temple. The roof, also known as its Jagamohana, is a unique assembly hall. The entire temple including its sanctum, the temple plan, and the porch, everything has been blended in a world-class architecture.

Best Time To Visit Mukteshwar Temple

The best time to visit the temple is during the months of October to April when Mukteshwar Utsav is celebrated in the temple. This festival is celebrated as a part of Ekamra Utsav which is celebrated for those people of the state who believe in Hinduism. The Mukteshwar Utsav is celebrated for four days. However, it is better to avoid heavy monsoon as well as winter months for a comfortable journey.

How To Reach Mukteshwar Temple

Mukteshwar Temple is located at a distance of 1 km from the market of Mukteshwar in Nainital. It is well connected by roads. An autorickshaw can be hired to reach the temple.

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