Patna, (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
According to Acharya Kishore Kunal, the Administrator
of the Trust, the temple came up in 108 AD. Ever since
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.