Doleshwar Mahadev temple shares a similar value to Pashupatinath in terms of a must-visit temple as a part of Kedarnath trip. This temple is situated about 20 km from Kathmandu in Bhaktapur district. According to Shiva devotees, without visiting Pashupatinath and Doleshwor Mahadev temple, the trip to Kedarnath is incomplete. Doleshwar Mahadev has a great significance among devotees as it is a part of once in a lifetime trip. People believe visiting the three holy places: Kedarnath, Pashupatinath, and Doleshwar Mahadev will wash off the sins one has committed in their lifetime.
Historical Significance of the temple
As indicated by Hindu History, during the Mahabharata war of Kurukshetra, the Pandavas slaughtered their relatives among numerous other people. The Pandav brothers left for the Himalayas through Haridwar looking for forgiveness from Lord Shiva for murdering numerous people during the war. But Lord Shiva was not planning to forgive them. He disguised himself as a bull. The Pandavas were determined in their task and even though having known of Lord Shiva’s disguise as the bull that was going to escape, the strongest Pandava, Bheema, got the tail of the bull. In this time, the head of the bull got separated in this tug-of-war from the rest of the body. The rest of the body is believed to be in Kedarnath in the Uttarakhand of India and that devotees have been searching for the head part for over 4000 years.
The head of the bull apparently went straight to Nepal. It was not until August 22 of 2009 that Shree 1008 Jagat Guru Bheemashaankarling Shivacharya, the head priest of Kedarnath declared Doleshwar Mahadev as the head of Kedarnath.
How to reach Doleshwar Mahadev
Devotees visit this temple to receive blessings from Lord Shiva and to wash off their sins. You can reach this temple, situated in Bhaktapur district, shortly after a 20-30 minutes’ drive through the Araniko Highway from the Capital city. In Bhaktapur, this abode of Lord Shiva lies at Jangam math in Sipadol Village. You can take a local bus to the temple which might take more time than you had anticipated i.e. more than an hour but it is the cheapest way to reach there.
Another alternative is by renting a car using our car rental service. This way, you won’t have to compromise on your comfort and convenience. You can take your trip to the temple and take as long as you want on this holy journey.
Attractions and Temples near Doleshwar Mahadev
A quick visit to temples such as Suryabinayak temple, Nyatapola, Dattatreya, Taleju, etc. can be easily arranged during your visit to Doleshwar Mahadev temple. Other attractions include the National Art Gallery, Potter’s square- a public square where you can find potters at work with wheels and rows of clay pots drying in the sun, Nagapokhari, 55 window Palace, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, etc.
The fact that this temple is situated in Bhaktapur, the ancient city with great historical and cultural significance, makes it an attraction and inclusion in day tours around the valley. The Day Tour of Bhaktapur from Himalayan Trekking can be customized for a short visit to this prestigious temple.
Starts City: Kathmandu
Duration: 3-4 hours
Covered Places: Doleshwar Temple, Local Village, Dakshinkali Temple
Best time to go: Sept to June
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