Kailashnath Mahadev: A Grand Monument of Devotion

You can almost feel a mystical touch when the ginormous Shiva looks down upon you, blessing you.

6, Feb 2023 | nepaltraveller.com

The 143 foot tall statue of the Hindu deity, which is known as the second tallest Shiva statue in the world, is found in Sanga Bhanjyang, Bhaktapur.

The Kailashnath Mahadev statue is situated in Bhaktapur. This 143 foot tall Mahadev idol is said to be the tallest Mahadev statue in existence. The idol was created by Indian national, Kamal Jain, and was installed by the hands of Badrikadham Pithadhishwar Ananta Shri Vibhushit Shankaracharya Swami Shri Madhav Shram Ji Maharaj. This temple draws a lot of tourists from both inside and outside the country. Two to three thousand people every day, and five to seven thousand on Saturdays frequent this place.

The temple has a ban on drinking alcohol, smoking and sacrificing and if someone is caught doing these, the concerned authority will penalise them. The Kailashnath Mahadev is constructed on a plot larger than 75 ropanis. This area is helpful for seniors and adults, as well as for young children to go out and have fun. Generally, the place is referred to as “Sanga Mahadev”. But, its real name is Kailashnath Mahadev. The manufacturing of the world’s tallest statue of lord Shiva reportedly cost NRP 1.2 crore.

The construction of the monument, which is regarded as a marvel of Nepalese engineering, started in 2003 and was completed in 2010. It was made to resemble images of the Hindu god Shiva. The base of the monument is around 100 feet deep, which was necessary to anchor the structure in the hill. Due to the potential for landslides, supplementary structures were built to stabilise the soil.

100 Nepalese and Indian workers had worked on the statue’s construction for six years. In order to preserve the monument from the sun and water, zinc and copper were applied to the cement rods made of ballast sand. 600 kg of copper and zinc are claimed to have been required for that.

Despite being tall, you cannot ascend the statue. An intimate garden surrounds it. A flight of stairs with 12 Shiva Lingams, including the Kailashnath Mahadev Shiva lingam, leads up to the statue. Due to the religious and cultural significance of the monument and the surroundings, Hindu visitors are the predominant demographic for the statue.

The Kailashnath Mahadev statue successfully made another great contribution to religious tourism in Nepal. Hindu pilgrims approach this Shiva monument with a variety of religious beliefs. So, if you want to see the magnificent Lord Shiva standing tall and blessing everyone, this place is a must-visit.

Compiled By: Rebika Bishokarma

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