Doleshwor Mahadeva, the head of the Kedarnath

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Doleshwor Mahadev Temple is located in Nepal’s Bhaktapur district, 20 kilometres from Kathmandu. It takes about 30 minutes to drive from Kathmandu to Doleshwar. For all Shiva enthusiasts, a trip to Kedarnath is not complete unless they visit Doleshwor Mahadeva and Pashupatinath.

A pilgrimage to these three sacred spots is thought to wash away all of one’s sins and provide an opportunity to receive heavenly blessings from Lord Shiva.

Shree 1008 Jagat Guru Bheemashaankarling Shivacharya, the top priest of Kedarnath, officially designated Doleshwor Mahadev as the head of Kedarnath, one of the Char Dham Yatra, on August 22, 2009.

For the last 4,000 years, the general population was unaware of the connection between Kedarnath and Doleshwor.

Looking back at Doleshwor Mahadev’s history, it is claimed that after the Mahabharata of Kurushetra, the Pandav brothers headed for the Himalayas in seek of Lord Shiva’s pardon for the deaths of many people during the conflict.

But, because Lord Shiva was unwilling to forgive them, he disguised himself as a bull. Knowing about Lord Shiva’s disguise as the fleeing bull, the Pandavas captured the tail of the bull, at which point the head of the bull became split from the remainder of the body.

The remaining body is thought to be in Kedarnath, India’s Uttarakhand state and people have been looking for the head since then.

After a severe flood damaged the temple of Kedarnath in Uttarkhand in 2013, the regular prayers that had been stopped were carried out in Doleshwor Temple. The head priest of the Kedarnath Temple requested that regular prayers be held in the Doleshwar Mahadev Temple instead of the Kedarnath Temple.


The Doleshwor temple is located at Suryabinayak Municipality, Bhaktapur. You can reach there within 15-20 minutes from Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Yes, it is. Doleshwor is popular for the Doleshwor temple which is worshipped as the head of the Kedarnath temple and it is believed that your Char Dham yatra won’t be completed without worshipping this and the Pashupatinath temple.

Yes, it is. Although most of the devotees along with the visitors travel there through their own vehicles, hike up to the Doleshwor temple and above it, Maligaun would be one of the best things to do in Bhaktapur.

By local bus, it would approximately take 15-20 minutes to reach Doleshwor.

Yes, you can. However, in any case, just ask before clicking random images of people, if you want to click more of a life of that area.

You would not find not any standard cafes and restaurants over there like in the city area since it is yet a village area. But, you could find some fine shops to have local foods.

It depends upon you. Whether you like crowds or you want some space and few people around you. If you really want to see the crowd then, you can visit there during festivals related to Lord shiva. Besides, the temple is always open so whenever you feel like going, you can go there.


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