Govt to develop Ma Mundeshwari Temple


Ma Mundeshwari TemplePatna, (Bihar Times): The Ma Mundeshwari Temple, India’s oldest functional temple, situated atop a 608 ft Kaimur Hill is to be developed on the pattern of the Vaishno Devi Temple of Jammu and Kashmir.

The state government has sanctioned Rs two crore to the Bihar Religious Trust Board to build ropeway and develop infrastructure in the vicinity so that more and more tourists could be attracted.

Incidentally this 1900 years old Hindu shrine is being looked after Azeemuddin, a Muslim, for the last many years.

According to Acharya Kishore Kunal, the Administrator of the Trust, the temple came up in 108 AD. Ever since then the practice of worship and sacrifice has been continuing. He said that archaeological experts and historians who deciphered the inscriptions found around the temple claimed that the shrine was built during the Shaka era, which predated even the advent of Gupta dynasty in 320 AD. The script in use was chaste Sanskrit.

Azeemuddin, while talking to an English language daily recently, claimed that as a Muslim he offers daily prayer yet he has faith in Ma Mundeshwari Temple. He said that his religion does not come in the way of serving the temple.

He appreciated the government step to develop this temple as a tourist spot. In fact he played a pivotal role in seeking government help for the construction of concrete motorable road atop the hill. Devotees throng the temple especially during Ramnavami.



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