TOP 5 SHIVA TEMPLES IN KATHMANDU VALLEY Discover five most revered shrines of Lord Shiva within the valley of Kathmandu.
1. Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, is among the oldest temples situated in Gaushala, Kathmandu. It is believed that the temple is more than two thousand years old. Pashupati is the incarnation of Lord Shiva, who was one among the eight Rudras and who holds the place of fire. Pashupati has the five faces symbolizing different avatars of Lord Shiva- Sadyojata or Barun facing west, Vamdeva also called Uma Maheswara facing north, Tatpurusha facing east, Aghor facing south and Ishana facing Zenith. The Pashupati area in total has 559, big and small, Shiva shrines and temples.
2. Doleshwar Mahadev Temple: Doleshwar Mahadev Temple of Bhaktapur, Nepal, is 20 km from Kathmandu city center. It is an approximately a 30-minute drive from Kathmandu to Doleshwar. For all the Shiva devotees, it is believed that the trip to Kedarnath is incomplete without Doleshwar Mahadeva and Pashupatinath yatra. Visit all these three holy places is believed to wash off sins of one’s lifetime. Doleshwor Mahadev is believed to be the missing head of the Kedarnath.
3. Gokarna Mahadev Temple: Legends explain how Lord Shiva was roaming the Gokarna forests in the disguise of a deer and when the Gods came down looking for him. They recognized him and “captured” him by the horns. In the process, the horn broke into three pieces and the spot where Brahma buried these pieces is where the temple is located. The inscriptions found at Gokarneshwor Temple, which in its current form was built in 1582 AD by a Gopiran Bharo, describes the origins of the spot well before the Lichhavi period and informs us that the place was of great significance even before them. People visit this temple in memory of their fathers on Gokarna Aunsi, which falls around September.
4. Santaneshwor Mahadev Temple: According to legends, as Lord Shiva was distressfully carrying the body of Sati all around the world, the breast of Sati fell on top of the hill where Santaneshwor Mahadev temple stands. It is located in Jharuwarasi in Lalitpur. It is believed that the people who do not have children, once they please Lord Shiva visiting Santaneshwor Mahadev Temple, then their lap would not get barren.
5. Kailashnath Mahadev: Inaugurated on the 21st of June 2010, Kailashnath Mahadev in Sangha, on the border of Bhaktapur and Kavre districts, is known to be the tallest Shiva idol in Asia. The Shiva statue in Sangha stands 142 feet tall and aside from its pedestal, the Shiva idol itself is said to measure 108 feet high. The number 108 has special significance to Hindu mythology. The Shiva idol can be also be seen on the way to Dhulikhel. The premises spread over 400,000 sq feet area and houses a resort, spa, yoga, health club and meditation center