Muchkund Temple

Muchkund Temple
Vital Information for Visitors

Chopra Shiva Temple, Agra-Gwalior Highway, Near Bus Stand,

Open & Close:

Open on all days


05:00 AM to 12:00 PM (morning)

05:00 PM to 09:00 PM (evening)


06:00 AM to 12:00 PM (morning)

04:00 PM to 09:00 PM (evening)

Entry Fees:



Approx 30 minutes

Desdicated To:

Lord Shiva

Famous for:

Oldest temple in Chambal region; Mahashivratri Festival

The sacred site of Muchkund Cave, Muchkund Tank & Muchkund Temple is located 5 kms from Dholpur. It has a reservoir surrounded by a series of temples of different dates. The name comes from a Raja Muchkund, who is believed to have ruled 14 generations before Rama (from the Ramayana glory). King Muchkund was son of legendary king Mandhata. There are also the ruins of an ancient fort (1286) built by Firoz Shah Tughlaq. Muchkund cave and Muchkund tank are places of religious importance. As the legend goes, Suryavansi Muchkund, a righteous king, had ruled over the land for a long time before the incarnation of Lord Ram. Raja Muchkund had fought several wars and killed several demons. His valor and righteousness were put in high esteem by the gods. The king, for killing mighty demons, was given a boon by the gods, that any one disturbing him while asleep, would be instantly burnt. Lord Krishna was chased by Kal Yavan, a demon, was led into that cave. The demon disturbed sleeping king in ignorance and anger. As the king opened his eyes and saw Kal Yavan, the mighty demon got instantly burnt to ashes.

Muchkund temple, Muchkund cave and Muchkund tank are spread over an area of about 41 acres. The Muchkund tank or lake has as many as 114 temples on its banks. The Muchkund tank is a little farther from the cave. The king performed a Yajna, sacrificial fire, where the kund is now situated. Muchkund temple and lake hold great religious significance for the Hindus. Two bathing fairs are organized here annually- one in May and another in August- September. The water of the tank was believed to have curative effect for certain diseases. Therefore, it is held in high esteem by the people. The fair in August- September (organized Panchami to Saptami of Bhadra month of Hindu calendar) is known as Muchkund Ka Mela, or Dev Chhat Ka Mela or Lakkhi Mela. It is is attended by a large number of people. The crowns used by the brides and grooms at the time of marriage are immersed in the holy waters of the tank. Devotees in large number gather here during this festival.

Also called Muchkund Sarovar in Hindi, the Muchkund kund is embellished with four famous temples on its banks. Ladli Jagmohan Temple, built of Dholpur red sandstones in 1899 AD by Diwan Rajdharju Kanhaiya Lal ji, is located in East-South direction. Rajguru Temple in southern direction of Muchkund Lake was built by King Bhagwant Singh in 1898 AD. Raniguru Temple, built by Queen Vidokharni in 1899 AD, is located in Agni Kon (South –East) of Muchkund Kund. On the banks of the same water tank is located Sher Shikar Gurudwara. It is built on the same place where 6th Sikh Guru Har Govind Singh Ji stayed on March 04, 1612 AD, during the reign of Mughal ruler Jahangir.

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