Baba Kapileshwar Mandir at Pandra Village near Nirsa in Dhanbad, Jharkhand – Nirsa Shiva Temple



Baba Kapileshwar Mandir is an ancient temple dedicated to Shiva at Pandra Village near Nirsa in Dhanbad, Jharkhand. The temple is around 30 km from Dhanbad. It is believed that Pandavas visit the place during their exile period in the Mahabharata.

The popular belief is that Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas, installed the Shivling worshipped in the shrine.

Other murtis in the temple include that of Goddess Parvati, Baba Baneshwar, Baba Bhuvaneshwar, Tarkeshwar and Manikeshwar.

It is believed that the various murtis worshiped in the temple were installed by Kunti, Draupadi and the Pandavas.

The most important festival at Baba Kapileshwar Mandir is Shivratri. On the day, Bharat, or wedding procession, of Shiva goes nearby Kalinger Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga.

For wish fulfillment, devotees observe complete fasting and end it only when they sense approval of the deity.