World's Oldest The Mundeshwari Devi Temple

 World's Oldest Living Temple The Mundeshwari Devi Temple


The Mundeshwari Devi Temple is located at Kaura in Kaimur District in the state of Bihar. It is an ancient temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva & Shakti and is considered one of the oldest functional Hindu temples in India. Hindu inscriptions dated 625 CE were found in the temple. The temple is a protected monument under ASI since 1915. In 2008 The Bihar State Religious Trust Board fixed the date to be 108 AD

The temple is made out of stone and is constructed in the Nagara style of temple architecture. This temple is not only the oldest but also the oldest 'active' temple. This means the temple is have been actively worshipped for the past 1500-2000 years. Inside, there is a murti of Maa Mundeshvari Devi and Panchmukhi (5 face Shiva). 

At the entrance to the temple, the door are seen with carved images of Dvarpalas, Ganga, Yamuna. Many other deities like Ganesha, Surya & Vishnu are also present. 

The temple is visited by a large number of pilgrims each year, particularly during the Ramnavmi & Shivratri festivals





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