Sanga Mahadev-Kailashnath Mahadev

One of the highest Shiva temples is Kailashnath Mahadev Statue. After the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue (also Garuda Vishnu Kencana statue and GWK statue) in Bali, Indonesia, it is the second tallest Hindu deity. It is located at Sanga, on the border of the Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchwok districts, about 20 kilometers from Kathmandu.

After 7 years of construction, this 144-ft tall statue offering peace benefits was completed in 2011.  Shiva is made of copper, zinc, concrete, and steel and is nearly as tall as the Statue of Liberty (151 feet). In addition, it is the world’s second highest Hindu deity. Lord Shiva is also garlanded by the serpent Vasuki, who represents power and bravery, and is accompanied by his signature Trident, which signifies Shiva‘s  is known as “The Destroyer” within the Trimurti, the Hindu trinity that includes Brahma and Vishnu Shiva is known as “The Destroyer.” three powers as Creator, Preserver and Destroyer, as well as a Damaru (drum), which he utilizes in his dance. Nandi(Holy Ox), the bull, stands next to Shiva and represents one of Shiva‘s alter egos, Pashupati, or “Lord of Cattle.” 12 Shivalingas surround the statue in the temple complex, which may or may not be symbolic phalluses depending on the source, but signify Shiva‘s role as a creator and fertility god.

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A new 738-ft pedestrian suspension bridge was recently built over the busy Araniko Highway to assist visitors and votaries in reaching Lord Shiva’s mount. The climb up to the monument is worth it just for the views of the Himalayas and Kathmandu Valley from the bridge.

Before you go, be sure you’re informed.

The grounds of Kailashnath Mahadev are open from 7:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and can be observed 24 hours a day. The monument is also part of the Hilltake company‘s huge resort.

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