There are many famous religious places in Nepal. Among them Halesi Mahadev temple is also one of the famous religious places of Nepal which lies in the Khotang district. Halesi is one of the ancient and holiest placeswhich is popular Hindu pilgrimage destinations in Eastern Nepal. The temple lies inside a beautiful and mysterious natural cave on the top of small hill. The Halesi cave is 67 feet below the surface of the land. Halesi Mahadev temple have two feet tall Shiva Linga inside the cave. There are two pillars close to each other beside the Shiva Linga which make a narrow path. And it is believed that sinners cannot pass through this path, but good hearted people can go through that pass. It is believed that Lord Shiva hid from the demon Bhasmasur for 6,000 years in this cave. It is an important pilgrimage centre located in east Nepal and equally popular for Kirant, Hindu and Buddhist. We can see the big statue of Lord Buddha over here. The main attraction of Halesi Mahadev is the cave which is associated with Guru Rinpoche in Buddhism and Lord Shiva in Hinduism. It is also believed as a Pashupatinath in eastern Nepal.
There are three mysterious caves that are believed to be three eyes of Lord Shiva. The first cave called Haleswar Mahadev with the image of Lord Shiva, second cave is Basaha with the image of Nandi and the third cave Bhairava with the image of Bhairav. There is a huge natural cave, behind the temple which is capable for thousands of monks for meditation and several occasions. Maratika Monastery is a famous among Buddhist people which lies near the temple. Maratika is one of the six supreme pilgrimage sites in the world.
Halesi Mahadev is full of natural beauties and cultural inheritance. Huge religious fairs are observed here.The Hindu followers visit the plac e in the celebrations of Bala Chaturdashi, Ram Navami, Teej and Shivaratri in the memory of Lord Shiva and Lord Bishnu. As well, the Buddhist followers visit this temple to celebrate Losar. Many Hindus from India come to this temple on the month of Shrawan to pray Halesi Mahadev. Similarly, the Kirati population also prepares a ritual calendar keeping Halesi in focus and celebrates the rituals in the leadership of a Kirati priest and expert as the Kiratis are the oldest, indigenous people with a rich culture heritage in and around Halesi. And it is also a good place for tourist area with good facilities.