Doleshwor Mahadev: Head of Shri Kedarnath
Similarity between Doleshwor Mahadev and Kedarnath
Sculpture of Load Shiva found in both the shrines are 4000 years old
Stone sculpture found in Doleshwor was written in Kannada, an Indian Language
Priests in both the shrines are selected from Southern states of India: Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu
Both priests affix the word ‘ling’ after their names to convey their proximity to god
Both temples have cluster of 5 Shiva shrines
Main deity of both the priests is Birbhadra, a companion of Lord Shiva
Pandavas went to Kedarnath area seeking forgiveness of Lord Shiva for loss of lives in 18 day long Mahabharata war. Lord Shiva did not want to forgive Pandavas and disguised himself as a Bull. Pandavas on realizing that Bull is Lord Shiva tried to stop it. On doing so Head got separated from body. The hump backed structure of Bull in Uttarakhanda’s Kedarnath temple is worshiped body part of Holy Bull, Lord Shiva which gets completed by Holy Yatra to Doleshwor Mahadev and then to Pashupatinath
Where is Doleshwor Mahadev and How to reach there
Doleshwor Mahadev is located at Sipadol VDC, south eastern part of Bhaktapur District, Nepal
20 Km. from Kathmandu city. It is approximately 30 mins. drive from Kathmandu city to Doleshwor Mahadev
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