Halesi Mahadev in Khotang is popular destination among Hindus, Kirant and Buddhist community. It is one of pilgrimage site of Nepal and thousands of people visit this unique and equally important place annually. Halesi Mahadevsthan lies at a distance of twenty-six kilometers to the west of the district headquarters Diktel Bazaar, Halesi Mahadevsthan is one of the most popular religious destinations in this district. Large number of Hindu devotees throng here. It lies in a cave with two feet tall image of Shiva Linga. There are two pillars to the immediate north of it. Halesi Tour is one of the most popular tour among Nepalese community.
A popular myth is associated with it. It is believed that the sinners cannot pass through the narrow passage of the two pillars except those who confess the sin if they have committed any sinful activity in their lives. Thousands of devotees visit the place with a belief that Lord Shiva bless them with knowledge, wisdom and prosperity. Furthermore, it is at the summit of Kailash Thumko. An image of Shiva Linga in 1 kilometer area with 200 ft height erects here which is known as Haleshi Mahadev. Similarly, the place is the confluence of both the love of nature and religious reverence. It is discovered by Bagbanshi Rai while roaming for hunting. According to a legend, a powerful giant Bhishmasur by attained boon from the Lord Shiva but chased the Lord himself to kill and possess his wife Parbati. Lord saved his life by hiding in this cave.
A Basaha Cave lies close to this Haleshi Mahadev. The lime mixed water dropped from the upper part has formed stalagmite divine images of Shiva Linga, Ganesh, Bishnu and Devi. The Hindu devotees throng to the place during sixteen days religious ceremony held in Ramanawami. Furthermore, people believe that Haleshi is believe to fulfill the long-cherished dreams of his devotees like children for childless couple, rain during draught, wealth for the poor and cure for the sick.
Animal sacrifices are prohibited here. It hag become the center of attraction for both the tourists as well as Hindu devotees. External part of the cave comprises four outlets. Its interior part is terribly dark and suffocating as well. The natural holes of the cave give a view of the external world. The blow of the air inside the cave produces sounds like that of conch. The deeper part of the cave offers worship to Shivalinga. Naturally formed cow teats images drop water inside the cave. Devotees offer cow milk in its interior part.
Halesi is place of cultural, religious as well as touristic importance, as many Nepalese visit this holistic place, it helps in domestic tourism and fosters to International Tourism as well. Similarly there are three mysterious caves that symbolize the eyes of lord Shiva. Halesi can be one of the best tourism destinations of Nepal as this place has best geographic location, cool climate and peaceful environment. Similarly, there lies the Halesi Mahadev temple in between two holy rivers Dudhkoshi to the right & Sunkoshi to the left. There lies big cave in Halesi and other small scattered cave around the temple. This Tour is one of the best tour for nature lovers and also for Pilgrimage client.
Halesi is around 325 kilometers away from Kathmandu following the way of Dhulikhel, Nepalthok, Khurkot all the way to Ghurmi, Okhaldhunga, Jayaram and Halesi. It takes 10 hrs to reach Halesi from Kathmandu.
Halesi welcomes and accommodates different client in different tourist standard hotels. Moreover, these hotels and restaurants are not lavish and exquisite as the five star hotels in city areas but these hotels certainly promises to satisfy the lodging and fooding demand of each client. Organic and local food is easily available here.
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