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Kailashnath Mahadev, Sanga

Kailashnath Mahadev statue is located in Ward No. 5 of Chittapol VDC, Bhaktapur District. Located on the border of Kavrepalanchok district and Bhaktapur district, this idol of Mahadev is 143 feet high. The statue is claimed to be the tallest statue of Mahadev in the world. Kamal Jain, an Indian national living in Bhatbhateni, made the idol with a single investment. The world’s tallest statue of Kailashnath Mahadev was installed by Badrikadham Pithadhishwar Ananta Shri Vibhushit Shankaracharya Swami Shri Madhav Shram Ji Maharaj. Popular among internal and external tourists, this temple attracts a large number of tourists. This destination is visited by two to three thousand people daily and five to seven thousand people on Saturdays.

The temple, which is being built on an area of ​​more than 75 ropanis, has banned killing alcohol and smoking. People visiting this place are not allowed to use alcoholic items. If someone is seen using these items, then they might be given punishment by concerned authority. There is righteousness; the place is also useful for health check-ups and treatment for the elderly and adults and for the young and children to go out and have fun. This site is usually called the “Sanga Mahadeva,”. However, Kailash Nath Mahadev is its true name. Initially, Mr. Kamal Jain, famous businessman, invested in the initiative. It is reported that this manufacture costs NPR 1.2 crores.

Note: You can view the idol and enter the temple for free, but you need to buy a ticket to visit other places in Kailashpuri. 

Origin of Kailashnath Mahadev Statue

These structures have been erected by Kamal Jain of Hilltech Group. The 47-year-old Jain, who came to Nepal from Siliguri, India, two decades ago and started a water tank business, wanted to build the world’s tallest Shiva idol. As the statue was being built, structures were being added to facilitate tourists to spend four to five hours in a quiet environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Shiva is guarded by Vasuki’s serpent, signifying power and bravery, who represented three duties of creator, preserver, and destroyer, as well as damaru (drum), which he employs in his dance.

The Bull that represents one of Shiva’s alter egos, Pashupati, or “Lord of Cattle,” is close to Shiva i.e., Nandi. The statue is surrounded by 12 Shiva lingams, which, depending on the source, may or may not symbolize the symbolic phalluses, but they show the function of Shiva as a creator and fertilizer.

Design & Construction

Designed to mimic representations of the Hindu god, Shiva, and considered as a wonder of Nepalese architecture, the statue’s construction began in 2003 and was finished in 2010. The statue’s base is roughly 100 feet deep, which was essential to secure the construction into the ridge. Structures were also erected for soil stabilization because of the threat of possible landslides.

For the past six years, 100 Nepalese and Kaligarh from India have been deployed for the construction of the statue. The statue, which uses ballast sand cement rods, has been coated with zinc and sprayed with copper to protect it from the sun and water. It is said that 6,000 kilograms of copper and zinc were needed for that.

How to get there?

One can reach Sangha, Kailashnath Mahadev by both private as well as public vehicles. First you need to drive to Bhaktapur and then, turn to Sanga Bhanjyang. Between the border of Bhaktapur and Kavre district, the tallest statue is situated. The actual distance from Kathmandu to Sanga is 22km. It takes 1 hr to reach Sanga via public vehicles from Ratnapark/Chabhiel. However, you can reach there within 30 minutes on a private ride. The local bus fare is around NPR 50 to NPR  100 (around USD 1). Private vehicles charge NPR 3500 to NPR 500O (USD 30 – USD 40) depending upon the time frame. The travel route is Kathmandu – International Tribhuvan Airport – Koteshwor – Bhaktapur – Sanga Bhanjyang.

Kailashnath Mahadev Statue eventually contributed another figure to Nepal’s religious tourism. Hindu pilgrims have many religious beliefs towards this Shiva statue. So, one must visit this statue if they want to view the magnificent Lord Shiva standing at the height and blessing the entire Nepal.

-By: Kusum Kharel for land Nepal

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