History of Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple
Mukteshwar mahadev Dham was established by the legendary Pandavas during the 12th year of their exile, in the Dwapar Yuga (3rd of 4 Yugas as per Hindu Philoshphy). During their journey the Pandavas reached Mukteshwar Dham after praying to Goddess Mother Chintpurni via Dsuha, Distt Hosiyarpur. They choose the peaceful and serene location of Mukteshwar Dham for their stay. It is believed that they stayed here for 6 months. After carving 5 caves to stay here and reverently establishing the Shivling, they prayed for Lord Shiva's boon for victory in the probable war in the future. Apart from this they also enshrined a Holy Fire (Akand Dhuna) and a Kitchen (Rasoi). This Kitchen is now known as Drapaudi’s Kitchen. With the turning of the wheel of time one of these caves has collapsed and closed. Before the start of their period of incognito exile the Pandavas crossed the River Ravi and entered the Kingdom of Virat whose centre is believed to be today’s Akhnoor in Jammu & Kashmir.
In the Shivling of the dhaam the vertical and horizontal lines are visible, which are represent of blood veins and are a symbol of Energy & Strength. This Shivling is unique of its type in the entire world. In upper region of the 3rd Cave there is a symbol of Chakra, under which the Pandavs used to meditate. There is a he gathering and fair every year on the occasion of MahaShivratree, Chaitra Chaturdashi, Baisakhi and Somvati Amavasya at the Dhaam. On such holy occasion a bath and prayer to the Mahadev is consider as pious as a a journey to Haridwar. The asthiyan (ash remains) of the departed are also offered to divinity in the waters here so that they can achieve the state of Nirvana. Pind-daan for the release of the ancestors is also performed here on the occasion of Baisakhi. Mukeshtwar Dhaam is also famous as Small (Chota) Haridwar.