January 26, 2022

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. It was officially opened to visitors in 2011. The Kailashnath Mahadev statue depicts Shiva in a standing pose. In his left hand he carries a trishula (trident); the right hand expresses a blessing and a message of peace with a gesture, the mudra. A snake rests on his shoulders. The statue is primarily made of reinforced concrete. It is coated with a thin coating of copper and zinc and has 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 the 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 high base plinth. The Kailashnath Mahadev statue was inaugurated on June 21, 2010 as part of the Teej Festival by Nepal's President Ram Baran Yadav and then made accessible to the population. This timing was chosen because the Teej festival, 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 a height of 102 in 2020 meters (351 ft) replaced the Kailashnath Mahadev statue as the tallest Shiva statue. The Statue of Belief is a representation of Shiva in a seated pose.

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The Shiva statue stands freely on a hill. It can be reached via a stone stairway from the Sanga community below. From the hilltop there is an impressive view of the distant mountain ranges 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 complexes are increasingly becoming an attraction for tourists . This also benefits the economic development of the nearby villages.

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bilder-aus-nepal.de – Photos of the Kailashnath Mahadev statue

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