The name Mukteshwar is a derivation of two Sanskrit words - one is "mukhti" that means eternal life and the other "ishwar" which stands for God, pointing to Lord Shiva. Mukteshwar is also spiritually or religiously known as Mukteshwar Dham. It is a tranquil and peaceful city and one of the busiest pilgrimage destinations in Nainital district of Uttarakhand State. This spiritual site is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Both pilgrims as well as tourists visit this holy place in good numbers.
Mukteshwar town is picturesquely located in
the lap of Kumaon hills. The entire region is circled with the dense
fruit orchards and forests. This beautiful places was also
discovered during the British era.
Being an impressive hill station, the place offers a majestic picture of the mighty Himalayas. Located closely is a hole of Chauli Ki Jai, offered to Lord Shiva. In the sparkling moonlight, one can easily soak up the view of Almora town and impressive peaks of Adi Nampa. Throughout the year this heavenly destination attracts the multitudes of sightseers and nature lovers.
Mukhteshwar has an ancient, hundred years old Indian Veterinary Research Institute, which was developed in 1893.
The area remains has a pleasant atmosphere round the year. In the month of summers (i.e. March to May) the optimum level of temperature 27 degree and in winter's temperature varies from 17 degree Celsius to 3 degree Celsius. Winter season also brings heavy snowfall in the region, feast for the eyes. July, August and September are rainy months. During monsoon one can receive a majestic view of the abundant natural beauty in the region.
Mukteshwar temple is very popular among the tourists and as a famous tourist destination as well. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Shiva. Apart from visiting the temple, people can also visit Chauli-ki-jali located nearby. It is believed that a holy touch of the "Jali" can bless women who have no children. Other attractions include Brahmeshwara temple, the Raja Rani temple, Nathuakhan and Ramgarh among others.
One of the major travel highlights in the area, the Mukteshwar Temple remains dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. The best feature of this temple is that it's situated on top a hill. The main attraction at the temple site is a marble shivling, which is circled by idols of many Hindu deities.
Commissioned way back in the year 1893, the veterinary research institute is also a must-visit in the region. The main goal of this institute is to promote the development of the livestock in the region. The institute was set up on the suggestion of the Cattle Plague Commission.
This is also referred to as the Chauli Ka Jali. If you are already at the Mukteshwar temple, you don't need to go anywhere else. The site stands right beside the temple. Hindus believe that this is the very spot where a demon and a goddess fought against each other.