MUNDESHWARI DHAM 24:55’::83:52’
Distance from the national capital Drlhi-805kmDistance from the
State capital Patna-190km PINCode-821101STDCode-6189HASL-
APPROACH-The site can be reached from the state capital
by roadways via Ara-Bikramganj-Bhabhua road (Mohania), from there to Bhagwanpur the block headqr viaBhabhua the district headqr and then
driving up to the top of the Pravara hillat height of about 1000’ by metalled road in Umapur and Kauar village.It can also be approached from national capital Delhi by train up to MoghalSarai and then by motor drive over a distance of about 30km
LANGUAGE-Hindi and Bhojpuri LODGING-There is one IB at the foot hill and a parytan bhavan and Ygyasala alsoFOOD-There is little
Scope of commercialhotel hotel So it is better to have self based arrangement of ready made food. However puri sabji jalebi can be had
during morning worship hours provided by local hawkers in hutment
hotel.DRINK-Water scarcity area . Own bottle water for drinking purposes is advisable arrangement.TRANSPORT-Auto rickshaw.and horsecarts are available as reserve conveyance for local movement from Bhabhua.
ABOUT THE SITE-As per the historical trace out from the archaeological stone inscription the site used to had been pilgrimage of Hindus since 4th century. The
finds mention temple of Mundeshwari
In the travel diaries of RN Martin,F.Buchenan and Black in 1838and 1904 A slab with inscription in Brahmi script was found in 1892.Another
Part of the same slab was found by Black in 1903.There were 18 lines
In the inscription . But only 15 lines could be read and correctly interpreted.Historian Prof RD Banarji concluded establishment of temple in 636 AD.Where as NG Majumdar kept the date at 348 to 349.
While D R Bhandarkar kept it before 4th centuryA D.
THE TEMPLE-The statue of mother Mundeshwari is eatablished in the temple in Mahishasna poseShe is Vashnavi.The present inner and
Central hall of the temple is residence of Shiv family Mahadeo himself
Lie in the centre with four mouth Mundeshwari is in the Eastern wallet.Ganesh in the north.
MYTHOLOGICAL-The place is also ascribed to story of Durgasaptsati
Of Markandey puran.That it was kingdom of two demon brothers Chand
and Mund Chand used to worship Chandeshwari temple in near about
Madurne village and Mund used to worship Mundeshwari temple established near BhagawanpurBoth were killed by deity Durga who
latter on expressed herself asDurgawati river in the area as blessing
or local devotees.
FESTIVITY AND WORSHIP-Shardiya and Chait navratra are the main festivals when ygya is also celebrated on large scaleA big fair
is also organisrd .A special type of sacrifice is done.The goat or patha
is brought and the priest chants some mantra in name of mother and
throws the akshat(rice grains) on it .The goat fades down and becomes
senseless.After some moment priest again chants mantra and says “raksha
karo maa” and throws akshat on the goat.The goat gets alive and rises
up and goes staggering out of the temple.A special type of Prasad called Tandul Prasad is given to the worshippers from the temple
2.Nearby two armed Chandeshwari temple.
REMARK-Studies of ancient Indian history reveals that this pilgrimage
was formerly a temple of lord Vishnu.But latter on during time of Chero dynasty god in the name of Mandleshwar was started being worshipped along with his wife Mandaleshwary ,as kuldevi of the Chero dynasty.This later on became Mundeshwary.