Places to visit in Nepal in Shrawan: – Shrawan month is the period when Nepal faces the heaviest downpours of rain. The heat, however, is somewhat reduced. For example, in Kathmandu in July, the temperature usually does not exceed + 25 ° C.
But the rains do not become less, so even this not too hot weather is very difficult to endure. So even the most steadfast traveler can hardly find any beauty in summer vacations in Nepal.
Moreover, in the mountains, where there is no suffocating heat, it is almost impossible to reach because of the rain. And the track in the conditions of showers becomes dangerous and unpleasant. It is difficult to admire the mountain beauties when you are constantly soaked to the skin.
However, the month is the most vital for worshipping Lord Shiva. The best holy places to visit during the rainy season of Shrawan that are located in Kathmandu are listed below. The temples outside the valley are not listed because of the risk of road blockage due to landslides.
These 15 Places Are Very Famous in Nepal During Shrawan Month – Why? Know Reasons
A. Famous Shiva Temples in Kathmandu
1. Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu:
The main Hindu sanctuary Pashupatinath is located about five kilometers east of downtown Kathmandu. The pilgrims sometimes travel from very far. The area around the temple is also accessible to tourists, but the temple is only accessible to Hindus. Consecrated is the temple Shiva in the incarnation as “Lord of the animals”.
On the bank of the narrow Bagmati River, which lies directly next to Pashupatinath, the dead are burned. Directly opposite the main entrance is a small alley where many merchants sell their wares. They offer deities, various souvenirs, and flower garlands. This alley is also populated by musicians and beggars.
A very good view over the entire complex of Pashupatinath offers a platform that is located near the main entrance on a hill. Around the temple complex of Pashupatinath are numerous other temples and shrines in honor of the gods. For example, a Bageshwari Temple, a Ram Temple, and a Gorakhnath Temple. So, Pashupatinath is the one of the major religious places to visit in Nepal during Shrawan month.
2. Doleshwar Mahadev Temple:
The Doleshwar Mahadev Temple, located in the Bhaktapur region of Nepal, is located 20 km from the capital Kathmandu. It is approximately 30 minutes drive from Kathmandu to Doleshwar. For all believers of Shiva, it is believed that the trip to Kedarnath is not complete without a visit to Doleshwar Mahadev and Pashupatinath.
It is believed that visiting all these three holy places washes away all the sins of his life and provides an opportunity to receive holy blessings from Lord Shiva. On August 22, 2009, Doleshwar Mahadev has officially declared the head of Kedarnath, one of Char Dham Yatras, Sri 1008 Jagat Guru Bhimashaancarling Shivacharya, chief priest of Kedarnath.
The relationship between Kedarnath and Doleshwar was unknown to the general public for the last 4,000 years. In 2013, after a devastating flood hit the Kedarnath temple located in Uttarakhand, regular prayers that were interrupted were held in the Doleshwar temple. The high priest of the Kedarnath temple requested regular prayers in the temple of Doleshvar Mahadev, which were previously held in the Kedarnath temple. So, Doleshvar Mahadev temple is the another famous religious places in Nepal to visit during Shrawan month.
3. Gokarneshwor Mahadev Temple:
Gokarna Mahadev Temple, located on the banks of the Bagmati River, north of Kathmandu. It consists of the main building of red brick and several altars and small stupas where the faithful make their offerings, while others are purified in the river. It was built in 1582.
People visit this temple to bathe and make offering and sacrifice in honor of their living or dead ancestors in one day called Gokarna Aunsi. Some of its wood carvings are believed to be about a thousand years old.
4. Santaneshwor Mahadev Temple:
This beautiful Temple of lord Mahadev located at Bodegaun of Lalitpur is also one of the oldest Temple of Kathmandu. It is believed that the Shiva linga that is worshipped in this Temple was erected from the fallen breast of Sati Devi.
People visit this Temple with the wish to be blessed with a child. Not only Shiva bit the statue of hanuman and Nandi can also be seen in the premises of the temple. A huge number of devotees visit the temple during the month of Shrawan, Maha Shiva Ratri, Teej, etc.
5. Kailashnath Mahadev Temple:
The Kailashnath Mahadev statue is the largest Shiva statue in Asia. It is located in Sanga ( Nepal ) in the border districts of Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchok , about 20 km from Kathmandu. The statue has a height of 43.58 meters and is constructed of copper, zinc, concrete, and steel.
According to the list of tallest statues in the world, Kailashnath Mahadev is the forty-fifth tallest statue in the world. Its construction began in 2004, being completed in 2011. Designed to resemble the images of the Hindu god, Shiva, and seen as a marvel of engineering in Nepal, the construction of the statue started.
It was built primarily by Kamal Jain and “Hill take”, a company Jain established in Nepal in 1992, which deals with products such as water tanks. Nepalese engineers were involved in construction along with an Indian engineer specialized in the design and construction of large structures.
The foundation of the statue is about 100 feet deep, which was necessary to anchor the structure on the crest. Due to the threat of possible landslides, structures were also built for soil stabilization. About 5,000 visitors come to the statue on a business day, and a significantly larger number visit on weekends, national holidays and Hindu festivals.
Due to a large number of visitors, the statue has contributed to the religious tourism in Nepal. Both locally and internationally raised the economic activity of the local community. And has made an impact on the development of nearby villages.