Devotees pour into Doleshwor Mahadev Temple for puja

BHAKTAPUR: Thousands of devotees poured into the Sipadole-based Doleshwor Temple in Bhaktapur to offer puja to Lord Shiva on the second Monday of the Nepali month of Shrawan. Devotees regard Doleshwor as the head of the Kedarnath, whose shrine is in Uttarakhand of India. 

After last month’s flooding and landslides in Uttarakhand, that brought puja to a halt at the Kedarnath Temple, temple authorities at the Sipadole-based shrine have been conducting special puja since July 22. Because of this, the number of devotees visiting the Doleshwor Mahadev temple has increased this year compared to previous years. 

Mondays of the month of Shrawan (mid-July to mid-August) are considered sacred. Married women fast on Mondays of the month wishing for longevity of their husbands, while unmarried women fast for better health and success in life. Men also fast on Mondays hoping to receive blessings from Lord Shiva. 

Tulasa Adhikari from Lokanthali, Bhaktapur, said, “I had never been here (to Doleshwor) before. I came here today to observe the special puja dedicated to Kedarnath.” 

She said, “Thousands of people have gathered at the temple. I had to queue up for four hours to offer puja.” She said there were more devotees at Doleshwor than at the Pashupatinath Temple today. 

Doleshwor is the head of Kedarnath


Kedarnath Temple along with Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, forms part of the annual religious excursion (Chardham Yatra) undertaken by Hindus to the Himalayas. Kedarnath Temple, located in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand of India, is one of the most popular temples associated with Hindu religion where lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Bull but without the head. Bhim Shankarling Shivacharya, the 54-year-old head of Kedarpeeth, has officially declared that the idol (Shivalinga) worshipped as Doleshwor Mahadev in Sipadol VDC of Bhaktapur, Nepal is the missing Head of the idol worshipped in Kedarnath.

Legend has it that Pandavas reached the Kedarnath region to seek forgiveness from Lord Shiva for the loss of lives during the 18-day Mahabharata war. But Lord Shiva was not ready to forgive them and disguised himself as a bull. The Pandavas soon realized that the Bull was Lord Shiva and tried to stop it by pulling the tail, whence the head got separated and vanished. The Pandavas finally located the head part as directed by the holy voice (Aakashvani) in thePashupat Region of Nepal, which consists of 64 jyotirlinga (idol of Lord Shiva), Doleshwor Mahadev being one of them.

For 4,000 years, people have been searching for the head of Kedarnath who assumed the shape of a bull to avoid the five Pandava brothers, the heroes of the Mahabharata. The search was declared over after Shree 1008 Jagadguru Bhimashankarlinga Shivacharya Mahaswamiji, the head of Kedarnathpeeth in Uttarkhand, officially spelled on 22nd August of 2009, that the Shivalinga worshipped as Doleshwor Mahadev in Sipadol village of Bhaktapur is the missing head part of Kedarnath. As proof, the holy man pointed out the amazing similarity in the traditions of the shrines in two different countries. See official declaration and proof of Doleshwor as Head of Lord Kedarnath.

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Muiya KC from Imadol, Lalitpur, said she was surprised to see a huge number of devotees at Doleshwor. 

She said, “On Mondays of Shrawan, I used to visit the Pashupatinath to offer puja. This time, I came to Doleshwor after recognition of the shrine as the head of Kedarnath. I was amazed when I saw a huge crowd at the shrine.” 

Locals have formed a Doleshwor Protection and Development Committee (DPDC) to look after the temple and its activities. After Doleshwor got recognised as the head of Kedarnath, the government has prepared a master plan to improve infrastructure at the shrine and promote religious tourism. 

Kiran Thapa, acting president, DPDC, said temple authorities need to construct a new temple dedicated to Doleshwor Mahadev in view of increasing number of devotees. He said, “We also need to conduct a study on archaeological importance of the shrine and develop infrastructure so that devotees can visit this place easily.”

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