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Mukteshwar Temple, Pathankot

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Mukteshwar Temple, located just 21 km away from Pathankot, is believed to be one of the holiest places in Punjab. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a white marble Shivlinga with a copper yoni. Idols of other gods and goddesses like Lord Vishnu, Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha are also enshrined in this temple. It is believed that the Pandavas stayed in these caves during their Agayatwas (exile) and built this temple to honour and worship Lord Shiva.

The Ravi River and hills form the backdrop of the temple. The Mukteswar temple is also acknowledged as Mukesran Mandir. The famous Mukesran Da Mela is held here annually in the month of April, on the day of Baisakhi. The temple not only attracts pilgrims from the state but also from Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh during the mela and Shivratri. An appealing feature to the tourists is that the left bank of the River Ravi belongs to the state of Punjab and the right bank to Jammu and Kashmir.

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