Halesi Mahadev Temple

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Haleshi Mahadev
Halesi Mahadev Temple
Halesi Mahadev Temple
Halesi Mahadev Temple is located in Nepal
Halesi Mahadev Temple
Halesi Mahadev Temple in Nepal
Coordinates27°11′24″N 86°37′21″E / 27.19006°N 86.622391°E / 27.19006; 86.622391Coordinates: 27°11′24″N 86°37′21″E / 27.19006°N 86.622391°E / 27.19006; 86.622391
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Haleshi Mahadev is a very popular temple known as The Pashupatinath of eastern Nepal. It's situated in the Khotang district, 3,100 ft. – 4,734 ft. above sea level. It is 185 km southwest of Mount Everest and a venerated site of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage.


Shri Haleshi Mahadev is a sacred temple situated in Khotang District of Nepal. The location of this cave lies between the holy rivers Dudh Koshi and Sun Kosi. This place is usually cold and rainy. Nowadays it is accessible by motorcycles and jeeps.

It is believed that Lord Shiva hid from the demon Bhasmasur for 6,000 years in this cave.

During the holidays of Bhasmasur, Rama Navami[1] and Ganesh Chaturthi, fairs and festivities are held in the area.

Hindus from India also come to visit here after climbing many hills. Many people come here from places like Ladania and Jayanagar during the month of Shrawan to pray to Haleshi Mahadev.

Mahadev Cave[edit]

This cave is 67 feet below the surface of the land, and is both a revered religious place and a tourist destination. Its entrance is shaped as a half moon and faces towards the east. It has a round shape, with a diameter of 193 feet, with a separate cave lying beneath. The floor is 223 feet in circumference.[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Buffetrille, Katia (1994). The Halase-Maratika Caves (Eastern Nepal): A sacred place claimed by both Hindus and Buddhists. Pondy Papers in Social Sciences. 16. Pondicherry: Institut Français de Pondicherry.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Devotees throng Halesi on Ram Nawami". Republica. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Halesi Tour".

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