Moteshwar Mahadev, Kashipur, Uttarakhand
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.Kashipur (Govishn) is a historic place in Nainital district. Around 1 km away is a place known as Ujjanak. This is where Lord Shiva is situated in his full face as a Jyotirlingam known as Bheem Shankar. This is the Bheem Shankar Jyotirlingam.
Legend / Local stories
Shree Moteshwar Mahadev is also known as Shree Bheem Shankar Mahadev. In ancient days, this place was known as Dakini State.
Kashipur or Govishn is a historic place in Nainital district. Around 1 km away Lord Shiva is situated in his full face as a Jyotirlingam known as Bheem Shankar at a place known as Ujjanak. The primary deity worshiped is Shiva. Other deities are Parvati, Kartikeya, Ganesha, Hanuman, Kali and Bhairo.
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 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 16th-17th century.
Poet Gumani wrote 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 in Kamroop. According to the historic and spiritual books, it is called the place of Bheem Shankar Jyotirlingam.
In Mahabharata, this place was also known as Dakini. This was the reason Adi Shankaracharaya has illustrated the place by saying “Dakiniyam Bhimashankaram”. Its existence is also described by Kalidas in his “Raghuvansh”. The reason for the name Dakini 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 Pandava Bhushan. 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 believed that it rises and till now it has reached second floor. It includes a Bharav Nath temple and a Kund known as Shiv Ganga Kund; in front of this kund is the river Kosi. West is a temple of Maa Jagdamba Bhagwati Balsundari, and every year in month of chaitra a huge fair is organized here. There is a 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 rested here. West to this kila is Dronasagar which was also built by pandavas for their guru Dronacharya. The lingam is too fat so people here named it “Moteshwar Mahadev”.
How to Reach:
Shree Moteshwar Mahadev is around 3 km from the Kashipur bus station. Kashipur is well connected by road with all major cities of North India and is linked to Delhi, Lucknow, Moradabad, Ramnagar and Varanasi by train. Major cities are nearby the temple. All the road transport facilities are available to reach the temple.
The nearest railhead is the Kashipur Railway Station at a distance of 1 km from the temple.
The nearest airport is the Pantnagar Airport at a distance of 60 km from the temple.