Halesi Mahadev

Halesi Mahadev

It is an 8-9 hour drive from Kathmandu and also accessible by chartered heli ride. The Halesi Mahadev temple is located in the Khotang district of eastern Nepal and considered a revered pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
The natural and huge cave is the main attraction of Halesi Mahadev. In Hinduism, it is believed that Lord Shiva hid in this cave from the Demon Bhasmasur and later killed the Demon in the same place. After the demon was killed with the help of slyness mind of Lord Vishnu Shiva along with his consort Parvati, he made the caves their abode. Buddhists believe that Guru Padmasambhava, the second Buddha meditated here for three months. There are three caves on the hilltop that represent three eyes of Lord Shiva. The first cave called Haleswar Mahadev is an image of the image of Shiva. Second caved called Basaha cave is an image of Nandi. A third cave called Bhairava cave is an image of Bhairav. The first cave is the main part of the temple with a natural image of Lord Shiva. This cave is about 300 feet down from the surface and there are well managed 102 stone steps.

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Halesi Mahadev