A bloodless supernatural sacrifice at Mundeswari Temple Bihar india
Mata Mundeshwari Temple, Bihar The miraculous secret of this temple is that when a goat is sacrificed here in front of Maa Mundeshwari ji, the goat is placed at the feet of Mother Mundeshwari ..when kept like that the goat dies, but after a few moments the priest once again casts Amma akshinta on the goat and the goat comes back to life.... Thus, a bloodless sacrifice is offered here .. and it is not known since when. God's love is amazing. Glory be to Mother Mundeshwari The worship of Devi Durga in the form of Devi Mundeshwari in the temple is also indicative of the tantric cult of worship, which is practised in Eastern India. Rituals and worship have been performed here without a break, hence Mundeshwari is considered one of the most ancient Hindu temples in India. The temple is visited by a large number of pilgrims each year, particularly during the Ramnavami, Shivratri festivals. A big annual fair (mela) is held nearby during the Navaratra visited by thousands.
Mata Mundeshwari Temple, Bihar
The miraculous secret of this temple is that when a goat is sacrificed here in front of Maa Mundeshwari Ji, the goat is placed at the feet of Mother Mundeshwari ..when kept like that the goat dies. Still, after a few moments, the priest once again casts Amma akshinta on the goat and the goat comes back to life...
Thus, a bloodless sacrifice is offered here .. and it is not known when.
God's love is amazing. Glory be to Mother Mundeshwari
The Mundeshwari Devi Temple (also spelt Mundesvari) is a Hindu temple, located at Ramgarh village, 608 feet (185 m) on the Mundeshwari Hills of Kaimur plateau near Son River, in the Indian state of Bihar. It has been an Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected monument since 1915.
It can be reached by road via Patna, Gaya, or Varanasi. The nearest railway station is at Mohania - Bhabua Road railway station from where the temple is 22 km by road. Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi is the nearest airport, located at a distance of 102 km from the Temple. Indian carriers including Air India, Spicejet, and international carriers like Air India, Thai Airways International, Korean Air and Naaz Airlines operate from here. Daily flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata are available from here.
The ASI has recently dated the structure to 108 CE making it the oldest Hindu temple in the country. An information plaque at the site indicates the dating of the temple at least to 625 CE and Hindu inscriptions dated 635 CE were found in the temple.
It is an ancient temple dedicated to worshipping the goddess Durga and is considered one of the oldest functional Hindu temples in India. The findings also established that there was a religious and educational centre spread over the hillock and Mandaleshwar (Shiva) temple was the main shrine.
The Mandaleshwari (Durga) was on the southern side. The temple was damaged and the idol of Mandaleshwari (degenerated Mundeshwari and later connected with the mythical demon Mund) was kept in the eastern chamber of the main temple.
Rituals and worship have been performed here without a break, hence Mundeshwari is considered one of the most ancient Hindu temples in India. The temple is visited by many pilgrims each year, particularly during the Ramnavami, and Shivratri festivals. A big annual fair (mela) is held nearby during the Navaratra visited by thousands.
History and Timelines of Shri Mundeshwari Matha Temple -Bihar
Before 100 CE - Yoganarasimha temple in Nagamangala Taluk, Karnataka, the idol has been worshipped for more than 2500 years, there is a 3000 years old tree fossil inside the temple premises. 636 - 38 CE - Chinese visitor Huen Tsang writes about a shrine on a hilltop flashing light, at about a distance of 200 lee south-west of Patna-The location is only of Mundeshwari. 1790 CE - Daniel brothers, Thomas and William visited the Mundeshwari temple and provided its first portrait.
In 1888 CE – Buchanan visited the region in 1813. 1891-92 CE – First part of the broken Mundeshwari Inscription was discovered by Bloch during a survey by the East India Company. 1903 CE – Second part of the inscription was discovered while clearing the debris around the temple. 2003 CE – Brahmi script royal seal of Sri Lankan king Dutthagamani (101-77 BCE) was discovered by Varanasi-based historian Jahnawi Shakhar Roy which changed the earlier findings about the history of the place. 2008 CE - The date of the inscription was established 30th year of the Saka era (108 CE) by the scholars in a national seminar organized for the purpose of Bihar State Religious Trust Board at Patna
The temple, built of stone, is on an octagonal plan, which is rare. It is the earliest specimen of the Nagara style of temple architecture in Bihar. There are doors or windows on four sides and small niches for the reception of statues on the remaining four walls.
The temple shikhara or tower has been destroyed. However, a roof has been built, as part of the renovation work. The interior walls have niches and bold mouldings which are carved with vase and foliage designs. At the entrance to the temple, the door jambs are seen with carved images of Dvarapalas, Ganga, Yamuna and many other murtis. The main deities in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple are Devi Mundeshwari and Chaturmukh (four-faced) Shiva linga. There are also two stone vessels of unusual design.
Even though the Shiva linga is installed in the centre of the sanctum, the main presiding deity is Devi Mundeshwari deified inside a niche, which is seen with ten hands holding symbols riding a buffalo, attributed to Mahishasuramardini.
The temple also has murtis of other popular gods such as Ganesha, Surya and Vishnu. A substantial part of this stone structure has been damaged, and many stone fragments are strewn around the temple. However, under the jurisdiction of ASI, it has been the subject of archaeological study for quite some time.
Renovation and restoration
The Archaeological Survey of India has restored the temple under instruction from the Union Ministry of Culture. Restorative works included the removal of soot from the temple interior via a chemical treatment, repair of damage to religious murti (idol) and cataloguing and documentation of scattered fragments for later reuse. Other works included the installation of solar-powered lighting, displays for antiquities and the provision of public amenities. The Government of Bihar has allocated Rs 2 crore to improve access to the temple