Devoted to Lord Shiva, Mukteshwar temple in Nainital is one the most popular and ancient shrines. The temple is settled in a beautiful hill station, Mukteshwar, which got its name after this shrine. Every year Lord Shiva devotees and other travelers come to this holy spot to get the blessings of Lord Shiva and enjoy the tranquility and scenic beauty of this exotic location.
Referred as Mukteshwar Dham, Mukteshwar temple is around 350 years old and is one of important places of worship in Kumaon region. The temple is placed atop a hill, roughly 2312m above the sea level and can be reached through stone stairway. The presiding deity of the temple is a white marble Shiva Linga and a copper yoni. There are also idols of Goddess Parvati, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu.
According to Puranas, the sanctified spot is listed as one among 18 temples that are highly revered and associated with Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva killed a demon here. But later with the grace of Lord Shiva he attained Mukti. Many devotees wanting a child visit the temple, offer their sincere prayers to the lord and soon get their wish granted.
Mukteshwar experiences salubrious weather all the year long, so you can plan a trip this pious shrine any time. Also, you can reach the temple by all modes of transportation via rail, road and air. Nearest airport is located in Pantnagar (102km away) and nearest railway station is located in Kathgodham (68km away).