Kailashnath Mahadev statue

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Kailashnath Mahadev statue
Kailashnath Mahadev statue

Kailashnath Mahadev statue

location Sanga, Bagmati Province , Nepal
architectural style statue
Construction year 2003 to 2010
height 44 m
coordinates 27° 38′ 46″  N , 85° 28′ 29″  E Coordinates: 27° 38′ 46″  N , 85° 28′ 29″  E
Kailashnath Mahadev Statue (Bagmati)
Kailashnath Mahadev statue
Front view of Kailashnath Mahadev statue
Shiva's family in the outbuildings

The Kailashnath Mahadev Statue ( Nepali कैलाशनाथ महादेव ) stands in Sanga Township in the Bhaktapur District of Nepal , about 20 kilometers from the center of the Nepalese capital , Kathmandu . The colossal statue represents Shiva , one of the main gods of Hinduism .


Construction of the statue began in 2004 and was completed in 2010. In 2011, it was officially opened to visitors.

The Kailashnath Mahadev statue shows Shiva in a standing pose. In his left hand he carries a trishula (trident); the right hand expresses a blessing and message of peace with a gesture, the mudra . A snake rests on his shoulders. The statue is primarily made of reinforced concrete. It is plated with a thin coating of copper and zinc and appears an overall copper-brown color.

At 44 meters tall, it is the second tallest Shiva statue in the world (as of 2022) and just two meters shorter than the 46 meter tall Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor . It is the second tallest statue of a Hindu deity, after the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue in Bali , Indonesia , which reaches a total height of 121 meters including the 46-meter base plinth. The Kailashnath Mahadev statue was inaugurated on June 21, 2010 during the Teej Festival by Nepal's President Ram Baran Yadav and then made accessible to the population. This date was chosen because the Teej festival, which is celebrated predominantly by women, is dedicated to the deity Shiva and his wife Parvati .

The Statue of Belief in the Indian city ​​of Nathdwara in the state of Rajasthan is also dedicated to Shiva and has replaced the Kailashnath Mahadev statue as the tallest Shiva statue in 2020 at a height of 102 meters (351 ft). The Statue of Belief is a representation of Shiva in a seated pose.

ancillary facilities

The Shiva statue stands free on a hill. It can be reached via a stone staircase from the Sanga community below.

From the hill there is an impressive view of the distant mountain landscape of Nepal and the Himalayas . In addition to the statue, the park-like complex also contains sculptures of the bull Nandi , Shiva's mount ( Vahana ) and his wife Parvati with his sons, including Ganesha , who is depicted with an elephant's head.

The facilities are increasingly becoming an attraction for tourists. This also benefits the economic development of the nearby villages.


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