Khotang – Halesi Mahadev | Some places to visit
Khotang is one of the fourteen districts of KiratState of Province No. 1, situated in eastern Nepal. The Administrative centre of khotang district is Diktel, which covers an area of 1,591 km2. The total population of the District is 205,255 according to 2011 census. The indigenous ethnic groups of Rai, Brahmin, Chhetri, Janajati, Dalit. It is found that Nepali, Rai, Tamang, Sherpa are the languages spoken in this district. It is rich in natural and cultural heritage, not only that it also has significant religious values in the lives of people living in Nepal. There are various famous temple and religious site in Khotang.
Halesi Mahadev Temple is one of the most ancient and holiest place located in eastern part of Nepal. It is situated above 3,100 ft. – 4,734 ft. above sea level. The temple is located at the top of a small hill inside a cave. This is one of the renowned sanctuary of Lord Shiva. Faith hold that Lord Shiva hiding here from the demon Bhasmasur. This house of Lord Shiva gives a true sense of spirituality and faith in God. On occasion of Shivaratri, Rama Navami and Ganesh Chaturthi, a religious fair is organized at the place.
The amazing fact of the temple is that there are lots of image of different gods on the wall which looks as if they were made by the stone artist. It is believed to be in existence since 6000 years. Every year, thousands of people come here to worship the lord shiva with a faith that he could give Knowledge , wisdom to the children.
Another popular religious destination of khotang district is Baraha Pokhari at the Baraha Pokhari VDC. According to Hindu Myth, the creation of the lake in the time immemorial by God Baraha ( the incarnation of lord Vishnu in the form of wild boar). It is located at an altitude of about 1700m above the sea level, Baraha Pokhari is surrounded by huge mountains – Himalchuli, Boudha Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna and even Machhapuchhre. It is an ideal spot for a retreat, contemplation and meditation with different coloured rhododendron trees in the district. On occasion of Baishak Purnima (Nepali New year, which fall around mid-April).
One of the major attractiveness of the place is that the color of the water in the lake changes along with the season. The colorful fish of various kinds are seen in the lake and perfectly clear water makes this place best to visit. The beautiful green surrounding of the pond and the nearby Bhara temple adds to the religious significance of the place.
Dhodreshwor Mahadev is located in Ratanchha VDC ward no 2. It is a sacred site with high religious significance as well as a great wonder of nature. The cave has the capacity of holding 700 people at a time, has several symbolic images of gods and goddess. The cave can be enter bu two gateways, one on its west and another on north meanwhile there is an unfathomable tunnel to the east. There is an opening to the sky close to northern gateway which provide light to cave.
Danda kharka hill
Danda kharka hill is situated in the boundary of khotang and solukhumbu about 2500 meters above from sea level. We can see clearly visible of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Mount Makalu from the Danda Kharka hill. Among fourteen highest peaks we can see four highest peaks of the world can be seen from this view point. There are many other similar view point’s like Dharma Danda, Ghyangkharka, Runa Danda offer magnificent view of the Himalayas of Nepal.
Salpa pokhari is one of the best place to explore as religious, culture and natural resources because of this, it has a great potential to attract tourist from all over the world. But many people don’t know about it or it is still very untouched by the tourist. It takes 3 weeks journey taking flight to lamidanda from Kathmandu or drive to halesi from Kathmandu.
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