Bhaleshwor Mahadev-Chandragiri Hills
Bhaleshwor Mahadev lies in the heart of Chandragiri Hills. It is the main attraction for Hindus. Hindu devotees believe that the all-powerful Bhaleshwor Mahadev fulfills the wishes of all who come to pay homage to him in Chandragiri Hill. It is also believed that A pilgrimage trip to the hilltop is a way of securing a ticket to the Shivaloka in the afterlife.
Bhaleshwor Mahadev — Mythological Significance
With reference to the description written in Himvatakhanda, Bhaleshwor Mahadev appeared at the spot where Satidevi’s ‘Bhala’ or the forehead fell off from her dead body. It is believed that Sati Devi, Shiva’s consort, gave up her life by jumping in a fire pyre at her father Daksha Prajapati’s Yagya (sacred fire ritual) after Daksha insulted her husband Shiva in front of scores of gods and goddesses invited at the religious ceremony. An enraged Shiva then carried her dead body on his back and walked across the world like a madman for a long span of time, without taking note of Satidevi’s decaying body. Different ‘shakti-centers’ were established at sites where different parts of Satidevi’s body fell in course of Lord Shiva’s mourning.
A temple was erected at the same site where Bhaleshwor Mahadev appeared.
The legend of Bhaleshwor Mahadev is also associated with Gandharva, a low ranking Hindu deity, named Sumukha. Sumukha forcedly kissed Rambha, an angel who had recently retired as a courtier at Heaven, believed to be Indra’s (king of gods) kingdom. Rambha then cursed Sumukha for his misdemeanor after which he was forced to live on earth leaving his abode in heaven. Sumukha was wandering around the mortal world while living the curse when met with a sage, Galab, who suggested a way out for Sumukha to repent and break the curse. Sage Galab advised Sumukha that he should offer prayers before Bhaleshwor Mahadev after purifying himself every day as penance. Fortunately, in due course, Mahadev was pleased and he blessed Sumukha, following which he settled down with Rambha. Sumukha was also taken in as a close aide by Bhaleshwor.
The Himvatkhanda also has another folklore tied in with the Bhaleshwor Mahadev. A Brahmin named Birupas was suffering from leprosy as a result of the sins he had committed in his past life. The leper Birupas was wandering aimlessly in his misery when he came across SageNemuni who advised him to visit 64 Shiva lingas as atonement for his transgressions. Birupas is said to have visited Bhaleshwor while making rounds of 64 different Shiva temples.
It is believed that the people who come here to worship Bhaleshwor get their wishes fulfilled and that they will find abode in the Shivaloka or Lord Shiva’s world in their afterlife.
How to reach
Chandragiri Hills cable car bottom station is about 7 kilometers from Kalanki, which lies at the South-west of Kathmandu Valley.
One can get Bus from Kalanki up to the cable car station of Chandragiri hills.
Cable car: From there You can get to Chandragiri Hills by a cable car. The 2.5 km cable car ride takes 9 minutes to reach the Chandragiri Hills’ top station.
Drive: You can drive offroad drive to the top of the hill station. it is nearly 7-8 km from the bottom station of Chandragiri Hills.
Trekking: A 3 hr hike along a designated trail is for those who like to take their time to soak in the vistas of the wilderness.