Sunday, 6 November 2011

Moteshwar Mahadev

Moteshwar Mahadev
Location in Uttarakhand
29°07′12″N 78°34′12″E 
Proper name:
Shree Moteshwar (Bheemashankar) Mahadev
Udham Singh Nagar
Architecture and culture
Primary deity:
Bhimashankar (Shiva)
Important festivals:
Maha Shivaratri

Kashipur (Govishn) is a historic place in Nainital Distt (Now U.S. Nagar) and around 1 km from this place is a place known as ujjanak. This is the place where Lord Shiva is situated in his full face as a Jyotirlingam known as Bheem Shankar. This is the Bheem Shankar Jyotirlingam.

Shree Moteshwar Mahadev also known as Shree Bheem Shankar Mahadev is an abobe of Lord Shiva in Kashipur, this place was known as the Dakini State in ancient days 

Pooja details

Timings: 6:00 AM to 12:00 Noon & 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Primary Deity : Shiva
Other Deity : Parvati, Kartikeya, Ganesha Hanuman, Kali, Bhairo


Maha Shivratri Fair
Chaiti Mela
Shrawan Mela

How to Reach

Shree Moteshwar (Bheema Shankar) Mahadev is located in Ujjanak area of Kashipur which is around 3 km from the Kashipur Bus Station, Kashipur is well conncted via the Road with all major cities of North India, and is also linked to Delhi, Lucknow, Moradabad, Ramnagar & Varanasi via Train.

Nearest airport is at Pantnagar which is about 72 km from Kashipur.


Kashipur was known as Govishan or Govisana, during the time of Harsha (606–647 AD), when Xuanzang (631–641 AD) visited this region. The ruins of the large settlement of those days are still to be seen near the city.

Kashipur is named after Kashinath Adhikari, the founder of the township and Governor of the pargana, one of the officers of the Chand Kings of Kumaon in the 16-17 century.

Poet Gumani has written a poem on this town. Girital and Drona sagar are well known spots and are associated with the story of the Pandavas. The Chaiti mela is the best known fair of Kashipur. Today Kashipur is an important industrial township. In autumn (after monsoon) one can see the snowclad peaks of Trishul and its surroundings.


According to the Shiv Puran Bhima Shankar Jyotirlingam is situated in Kamroop but after seeing various historic and spiritual books this place is called as the place of Bheem Shankar Jyotirlingam reason for this is after looking to many of the spiritual books we come to know that this place was known as Kamroop. In past in Mahabharata time this place was also known as Dakini. and this was the reason why Adi Shankaracharaya has illustrated this place by saying "Dakiniyam Bhimashankaram".Its existence is also described by Kalidas in his "Raghuvansh". Hence we have to believe that this is the Kamroop Desh.

Why was this place known as Dakini ?

The reason for this is the forests which has gone from Saharanpur to Nepal consisted a Hidimba named devil which took birth in Dakini Yoni and got married with the Victorious PandavaBhushan BheemSen.In Fact she was a Dakini but as she lived in a devil posture she was called a Devil.

The Lingam of this temple is very large and touching the whole Ling with two human hands is impossible. This kind of Lingam is not present in any other part of the country. It is also believed that this Ling rises and till now it has reached Second Floor after seeing many facts we can say this temple was built around 302 AD. This temple also include a BharavNath temple and a Kund known as ShivGanga Kund and in front of this kund is river Kosi. West to this temple is a temple of Maa Jagdamba Bhagwati Balsundari and every year in month of chaitra a huge fair is organized here. A place known as kila which describes the historic nes of this temple. This is the kila where Guru Dronacharya gave teaching to Kaurava and Pandava Guru dronacharya motivated Bheemsen to reconstruct this temple which later was known as Bheem Shankar. Shravan Kumar also rested here West to this kila is Dronasagar which was also built by pandavas for their guru Dronacharya. The lingam of this temple is too fat so people here named it as "Moteshwar Mahadev".

Shree Moteshwar (Bheema Shankar) Mahadev is regarded as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva, information about this temple is also referred in Mahabharat

Shiv Manokamna Kund is just adjacent to the Temple. There is a Bhimashankar Temple near Pune in Maharastra, which was also referred to as Daakini country and considered as one of the Jyotirlinga. Bhimshankar temple near Guwahati, Assam is the jyotirlinga according to Sivapuran. According to "LINGA PURAN", Bhimasankar temple in Bhimpur near Gunupur of Rayagada Dist in South Orissa is also debated as one of the Jyotirling, which is situated at the western part of the holy Mahendragiri mountains and at the river.

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