Doleswor Mahadev, a spectacular Hindu pilgrim site in the landlocked country of Nepal that stayed hidden for centuries. It is considered as the upper part or the head Shree Kedarnath situated in Kedarnath Dham, Uttarakhand. Doleswor Mahadev is located in Sipatol of Bhaktapur District.
This temple shares its history with the Kedarnath temple in India. While Kedarnath is considered the body of deity Shiva, the Doleswor Mahadev is considered the head. This temple dates back to the post Mahabharata war period from Dwapar yuga. It is believed that the temple was built by the Pandavas.
Connection to South India
Inscriptions in the temple have been recognized as Kannada, language of the state of Karnataka. Also, like Kedarnath, the priests who serve this temple are selected from the southern states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
How did Doleswor Mahadev gain prominence
In August 22, 2009 Shree 1008 Jagadguru Bheemashankar linga Shivacharya visited Nepal. On His visit to Doleswor Mahadev, He declared that the temple is related to the Kedarnath temple and has equal importance.