Mundeshwari Devi Temple is one of the oldest functioning Hindu Temples in the world (most probably the oldest of all Hindu Temples that are functioning today). This temple is located at Kaura in Kaimur district of Bihar.
Mundeshwari Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti. As per the many historians of India, this temple is considered as the ‘Oldest Functional Temple of the world’.
As per the inscription of an Information plaque erected by the Archaeological Survey of India at the Temple indicates this temple dates back 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.
According to the board erected by Archaeological Survey of India in front of the temple…
This beautiful Temple of Mandaleshwara, now called Mundesvari, is one of the earliest Temples of Bihar. According to an inscription found here, it had been in existence in AD 635. Built entirely of stone and octagonal on plan, its walls are relieved with niches and bold mouldings, and carved with vase and foliage designs. On its door jambs are carved figures of Dvarapalas, Ganga, Yamuna, etc.. Inside the temple is a Chaturmukha Siva Linga and 2 curious stone vessels. The Sikhara of the temple collapsed long ago, the present being a recent restoration.
Mundeshwari Temple is the earliest specimen of the Nagara style of temple architecture in Bihar.
Ramnavami, Mahashivratri and Navratras are the busiest festival days for Mundeshwari Temple. During these days, thousands of devotees visit the temple and offer their special pujas and rituals.