The Head Part of Kedarnath Temple, in Uttarakhand, India, is the Doleshwor Mahadeva Temple, in the Suryabinayak Municipality. Pilgrims visiting Nepal should not miss this temple dedicated to Doleshwor Mahadeva. Getting to the holy temple from Kathmandu will take about one and a half hours.
Doleshwar Mahadev Temple is located 20 km outside of Kathmandu in the district of Bhaktapur. Kathmandu can be reached in 30 minutes by car. For Shiva devotees, visiting Doleshwar Mahadev and Pashupatinath is not possible without visiting Kedarnath. In addition to washing all sins away, one is believed to have the opportunity to receive the blessings of Lord Shiva upon visiting these three holy places.
Shree 1008 Jagat Guru Bheemashaankarling Shivacharya, the head priest of Kedarnath, declared Doleshwar Mahadev to be the head of Kedarnath on Aug. 22, 2009. For the last 4,000 years, the general public was unaware of the relation between Kedarnath and Doleshwar.
After the Mahabharata of Kurushetra, the Pandav brothers left for the Himalayas, seeking forgiveness from Lord Shiva for the killings they had committed during the war, according to the history of Doleshwar Mahadev. However, because Lord Shiva had no intention of forgiving them, he disguised himself as a bull. Pandavas caught the bull’s tails, knowing that Shiva was disguised as a bull, and thus separated the head from the rest of the body of the bull. Kedarnath in Uttarkhand of India is believed to be the location of the remaining body, and people have been searching for the head ever since.
The regular prayers that had been interrupted by the flood last year in Uttarkhand were conducted in Doleshwar Temple after the devastating flood hit the temple of Kedarnath. It was the head priest of the Kedarnath Temple who requested that the Kedarnath Temple hold regular prayers at the Doleshwar Mahadev Temple.
There is a particular significance among devotees to the shrines of Lord Shiva in the holy month of Sharawan, which falls during the monsoon season (July – August). One of the most important Hindu pilgrimages is located in Bhaktapur, approximately 20 kilometers from the capital.
In order to attain the temple located in Uttarakhand of India, one must leave the Araniko Highway and drive or hike towards the dense hill. There is a beautiful view of the ancient Bhaktapur city from uphill and downhill roads as well as lush green vegetation that makes the journey up to the temple very pleasant.
There is a temple in the foothills of green hills just a few kilometers away from the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and a river to its south that generates a pleasing splashy sound, which makes the surrounding environment even more tranquil and captivating. When you reach the temple, it feels like you have reached the holy Kedarnath itself.
In 2009, Shree 1008 Jagat Guru Bheemashaankarling Shivacharya, the priest of Kedarnath, declared Doleshwar Mahadev as the deity, or head, of Kedarnath, one of the Char Dham Yatra. It had been 4,000 years since the public knew about Kedarnath and Doleshwar’s relationship.
Pandav brothers, according to religious beliefs, left for the Himalayas to ask Lord Shiva for forgiveness for killing many people during the war after Mahabharata of Kurushetra. Shiva, however, was unwilling to forgive them, so he took on the form of a bull. Pandav brothers, after discovering Lord Shiva’s disguise, failed to catch the bull’s head after learning about his disguise when they tried to catch it. A Hindu scripture says the head part is considered Doleshwar and the rest of the body lies in Kedarnath in India. Several holy books such as Shiva Puran mention the tradition that has been passed from generation to generation.
When Hindu devotees visit the four major shrines (char dhams), they finish their trip with a visit to Kedarnath’s temple in Doleshwar. Only after visiting Doleshwar would it be possible to fulfill the homage tour of the four adobes. In addition to cleansing one’s sins, a visit to all these holy shrines provides an opportunity to receive Lord Shiva’s blessings.
At the end of Dwapar Yug and at the beginning of Kali Yug was believed to have emerged the Shiva Linga (phallus symbolic of Lord Shiva or reproduction) of Doleshwar. The morning ritual and evening aarti (prayer through lights) at Doleshwar are based on those of the Kedarnath temple.
Pagoda-style construction is characteristic of the Doleshwar temple. There are many other names for the temple depending on the tongue and tradition of the local people. Shiva Linga (phallus) adorns the inside of the temple. Some construction is still underway, including taps, a big bull idol, and a tall Trishul.
The Hindus or Lord Shiva devotees visit this Shiva temple to offer milk and bel leaves to the Lord. It can now be called a hidden gem since it was unknown for thousands of years. There is an immense opportunity for devotees to visit this sacred site with the grace of Lord Shiva, and to receive blessings for life.
Doleshwar is only a few kilometers from other Shiva shrines like Ashapuri Mahadev Temple and Sanga, so you can also visit those while you’re there. In Sanga, there is a 44-meter tall statue of Lord Shiva, Kailashnath Mahadev, which is known as the tallest Shiva statue in the world. All of these shrines can be visited in a single day, which will provide you with inner peace and reinforce your faith in God.
For all Hindu devotees in the world, Doleshwar Mahadev is a temple of glory, and you need to visit it for the ultimate religious experience, as with multiple births, you have the opportunity to worship both parts of Lord Shiva, the body and the head.
Holy site facts
- Kedarnath, the head temple of India’s Doleshwar Mahadev
- Location: Sipadole, Bhaktapur
- The distance to Kathmandu is about 20 kilometers
- Arati in the morning and evening during puja
- Shivaratri and Teej festivals complete the month of Shrawan and a special fair takes place during these festivities
- Arrangements for local transportation: Hire a bus, a Jeep, a car, or a taxi
Listen to : शिवतांडव स्तोत्रम || Shiva Tandav Stotram