Doleshwor Mahadev-Bhaktapur

Doleshwor Mahadev: Head of Shri Kedarnath

  • Doleshwor Mahadev is officially declared as Head of Kedarnath, one of the Char Dham Yatra, by Shree 1008 Jagat Guru Bheemashankarling Shivacharya, the head priest of Kedarnath on August 22, 2009,
  • Kedarnath and Doleshwor Mahadev relation was hidden from general public for 4000 years. Search for Head of Kedarnath who assumed shape of Bull to avoid 5 Pandava Brother has now ended with Doleshwor Mahadev
    Yatra (Visit) to Kedarnath is believed to be incomplete without Doleshwor Mahadev and Pashupatinath Yatra (visit).
  • Yatra (visit) to Kedarnath (Body), Doleshwor Mahadev (Head) and then to Pashupatinath (King of Animals) is believed to wash all sins of life time and receives holy blessings from Lord Shiva
  • Puja interrupted in Kedarnath due to devastating flood in 2013 was resumed at Doleshwor Mahadev
    Small remote village Doleshwor got a facelift after Doleshwor Mahadev was declared as Head of Kedarnath.
  • 1000s of devotees offer praying in the area, which is increasing every day, has led to construction of better roads to the temple.
  • Corporate houses as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility is providing funding to the area for construction of Dharmasala and better management for quick easy yatra to the holy shrine.
Doleshwor Mahadev

Doleshwor Mahadev. Head of 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

History
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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