On the banks of river Ravi, stands the 5500 year old Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple, carved onto the caves. This place is also known as Chota Haridwar as ash immersion and other rituals for those who passed away are done here. It is believed to give them liberation as when done in Haridwar. Mythology states that Pandvas stayed here for six months during their exile, in that time period they built four caves and a shiv temple. They crafted the Shivlingam present in the temple and worshiped the Lord shiva here.
Mythological legend states that, these caves served as home to the Pandavas during their exile. During their 'Agayatwas' they stayed in these caves for six months. They built a temple, crafted the Shivlingam present in the temple and worshiped the Lord shiva here. The Havan Kund made by them, is still present there in temple.
On the banks of the flowing waters of river Ravi, a series of steep steps carved onto the rock leads to the cave temple Mukteshwar Mahadev. 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. The Havan Kund made by the Pandavas, can also be seen here. In upper region of the 3rd Cave there is a symbol of Chakra...View more
under which the Pandavs used to meditate.Pic Courtesy : www.mukteshwarmahadev.com
Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire.
Pathankot is at the meeting point of the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir and serves as a hub for travel to these states. It is close to the border with Pakistan on its West. It is used by travellers as the base before heading into the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir, Dalhousie, Chamba, and Kangra.
Maharana Pratap Inter State Bus Terminal or Pathankot Bus Stand, is located at a distance of 3 km from the city. Regular buses from Delhi, Ludhiana, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh ply from Pathankot. You can take a bus to Jugial or taxi from Pathankot to reach the temple.
Pathankot Cantt Railway Station (Chakki Bank Railway Station) and the Pathankot Railway Station are the nearest railway stations to reach the temple.
Jammu airport and Raja Sansi International Airport in Amritsar are the nearest airports. Taxis or buses can be taken from the airport to the shrine.
The priests perform regular puja and rituals to the deity