Halesi Mahadev

Halesi Mahadev is situated in the Khotang district, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) southwest of Mount Everest.

The pilgrimage site is nestled in a remote hilly area, providing a serene and picturesque setting.

Cave Complex:

The main highlight of Halesi Mahadev is the cave complex, which consists of three main caves: Halesi or Maratika Cave, Basaha Cave, and Bhairav Cave.

The Halesi Cave is considered sacred and is associated with Lord Shiva. It is believed to be one of the places where Lord Shiva hid to avoid the demon Bhasmasur.

Religious Significance:

Halesi Mahadev is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. It is often referred to as “Pashupatinath of the East.”

According to Hindu mythology, it is said that Lord Shiva resided in the Halesi Cave along with his consort Parvati and their son Ganesh.

For Buddhists, the site is associated with the great master Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). It is believed that Padmasambhava meditated in the Halesi Cave, attaining enlightenment.

Pilgrimage Destination:

Halesi Mahadev attracts a significant number of pilgrims, especially during the Halesi Mahadev Jatra, an annual religious festival.

Pilgrims undertake a journey to the remote location, often facing challenging terrain, to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and experience the spiritual ambiance of the sacred caves.


The Halesi Mahadev Jatra is a major festival celebrated at the site, drawing devotees from various regions.

The festival involves religious rituals, prayers, and cultural events.

Halesi Mahadev is an essential pilgrimage destination for those seeking a unique blend of Hindu and Buddhist spirituality in a picturesque natural setting. As with any religious site, it’s recommended to verify the latest information and check for any developments or changes in accessibility before planning a visit.

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