Religious, Historical and Tourism spots of Sindhuli – Part 2

B.P. Highway Sindhuli

We have already post the part first of the Religious, historical and tourism spots of Sindhuli. In this post we are posting some more information about Sindhuli.

Sarbasiddheshwor Mahadev Cave

Sarbasiddheshwor Mahadev cave is in Tinpatan Municipality at an elevation of 200m from Betenl Khola. To reach here, one has to travel 32 km by bus from Sindhulimadhi and 19 km on foot. This cave lies in the Mahabharat range about 200 meters above Beteni Khola. In the east of the Mahabharat range, lies Chadaha Khola, Beteni Khola in the west, naturally green environment in the north and the settlement areas are in the south. Visitors can have a lot of fun during their visit to this place.

The cave consists of naturally made idols of various Hindu gods and goddesses. Besides this, the cave also consists of Dudhkunda (pond of milk) and Agnikunda (pond of fire). A big sankha (a musical instrument played while worshipping) is placed 6 meters west from Dudhkunda. Soft music is played around the cave. It makes visitors feel as if the conference of gods is being held inside the cave. On close observation of the Idols, visitors can see that they resemble Shiva Lila (religious stories related to Lord Shiva). Sarbasiddheshwor cave has the capacity to hold about 500 pilgrims. The cave remains pleasant in the summer and warm in the winter.
A great fair Is organized on the occasion of Teej, Thuli Ekadashi, Bala Chaturdashi, Bibaha Panchami and Shivaratri festivals. Among these festivals, on Bala Chaturdashi, pilgrims gather in a large number. Pilgrims believe that by worshipping in this cave one can wash away his/her sins and his/her wishes are fulfilled.

Shree Krishna Temple

Shree Krishna Temple is located in the Kamalamai municipality, Krishnanagar of Sindhuli district. According to the inscriptions, this temple was constructed by the devotees of Lord Krishna and with the leadership of late Narayan Kumar Shrestha of Dungrebash.
Special worship is performed at Shree Krishna temple by thousands of boys and girls with full devotion to Lord Krishna by singing hymns.

Shree Bhimsen Temple

Shree Bhimsen Temple is located in Dungrebash and Sindhulimadhi bazaar. Before the rule of Malla kings, a palace, a fort, a well, temples of Siddha and Bhimsen were established on the top of the Chyaukot hill in 1743 A.D. According to Udaynarayan Shrestha of Dungrebaash, when the settlement of people from the Newar community started, the neglected historic idols of Lord Bhimsen of Chyaukot were collected by the late Jeet Bahadur Shrestha (Khurkote) and placed in Dhungrebash.
Locals believe that by worshipping Lord Bhimsen, the god of power, with full devotion, the devotees can share his power and his/her desired tasks are fulfilled.

Shree Kiranteswor Shiva Temple

Shree Kiranteshwor temple located in Sindhulimadhi bazaar; was constructed under the chairmanship of Bishnu Kumar Shrestha in 2005 A.D. After the construction of this temple, the number of pilgrims is increased because its religious importance has been highlighted.

Shree Bakeshwor Mahadev Temple

Shree Bakeshwar Mahadev temple is located at the confluence of the Gadhhuwa river and Gaumati river. It is believed that by worshipping here with full devotion one’s speaking ability is strengthened and the devotee’s desires are fulfilled.

Shree Siddha Shiva Temple

Shree Siddha Shiva temple is located In Kamalamai Siddhanagar of Sindhuli district. This temple was constructed by Nihaal Singh Budhathoki of Siddhanagar in 1999 A .D. After the construction of this temple, the religious importance of this area has increased.

Shree Shiva Parvati Temple

Shree Shiva Parvati temple is located in Kalimai-6, Dhakalgaun. The idol of goddess Parvati within the temple is estimated to be more than 135 years old. According to the Department of Archaeology, the idol was stolen for the first time in 1972 A.D. After investigation, the culprit was arrested and the idol was re placed again in the temple. However, the idol was stolen again and has not been found yet. It holds great religious importance. Devotees worship here to get their desires fulfilled.

Shree Kabaleshwor Mahadev Temple

Shree Kabaleshwor Mahadev temple is located in the Golanbajar Rural Municipality, Sulibhanjyang of Sindhuli district. This temple is famous as ‘Pashupati of the East’ and lies on the bank of the Sunkoshi River. The temple is said to have been constructed by Ram Aale and Bhim Aale in 1913 A.D.
A fair is organized here on the occasion of Bala Chaturdashi, Shivaratri and Teej. The temple attracts people within the district as well as from neighboring districts, Ramechhap.

Shree Kuleshwor Mahadev Kushika Tirthasthal

Lying in Dumja of  Sindhuli district at the confluence of Sunkoshi river and Punyamata Rosi Khola (stream) between two high hills. The temple holds high religious importance. It is believed that by worshipping at this temple and having a bath in the Sunkoshi river the visitors can secure a place in heaven after their death.

According to the copper inscription in 1834 A.D., Jayanjaya Malla received the throne and was coronated as a king. In the east of the temple lies the cave of Saint Vishwamitra where the ancient Phallus of Vishwamitreshwor is situated. Along with Shree Kuleshwor Mahadev temple, there are other temples around including the temple of Kalbhairab, Saraswati, and  Kailash. A grand fair is organized on Bala Chaturdashi and Shivaratri.

Shree Gaurishankar Mahadev Gufa (Cave)

Shree Gaurishankar Mahadev cave lies in Sunkoshi Village Municipality of Sindhuli district in the north of Sindhulimadhi at a distance of almost 27 km. The cave can accommodate 20 people at a time and consists of images of various Hindu gods and goddesses. On the occasion of Shivaratri, thousands of devotees visit this cave.

Shree Sarpe Dhunga (Naag) Bhimsen Dharmiksthal

Shree Sarpe Dhunga {Naag) Bhimsen is located almost 45 km north-east of Sindhulimadhi, this holy place lies in Dudhatli Municipality, on the bank of Thakurkhola. 7.31 m stone resembling a snake can be seen here. At the same place, the oven used by Bhimsen as well as images of the foot and knee can be seen. Similarly, at the other bank of Thakur Khola lies a forest where Mahadevsthan is constructed.
The place has been linked to the Hindu religious epic Mahabharat. A large number of devotees arrive on the occasion of Naag Panchami to worship Bhimsen, Shiva and Naag Devata (snake god).
Besides its religious value, the place has been popular among Nepali as well as Indian visitors for various recreational activities including sightseeing, picnic, especially during the winter season.

Siddhivinayak Ganesh Temple

This temple is located in the Kamalamai Municipality, Kairum Khola of Sindhuli district at a distance of 17 km from Sindhulimadhi. At 30 meters of distance from the temple, visitors can see a natural waterfall and various species of plants around making it an ideal place for nature lovers. The idol of god Ganesh was destroyed by the great flood in 1993 A.D. In 1997 A.D with the support of locals, an artificial idol was erected here. Devotees perform worship every Tuesday. One day fair is held annually on the day of Dhanya Purnima and Panchami Parva.

Selfie hill

As the walls of social media began to get peppered with selfies, Sindhuli took the momentum a step further: it christened a hill after it, the selfie hill. No wonder the hill has been attracting selfie aficionados ever since. The hill is located along the BP Highway, near Dhungre Bhanjyang. According to Chet Bahadur Magar, a local, there is a flat ground near the bhanjyang which overlooks the serpentine road and rolling hills. Those driving along the road were increasingly seen stopping their vehicles, charmed by the beautiful landscape, to take photographs. And over time, that was how the hill came to earn its name—selfie danda.
Selfie Danda
Photo: Selfie Danda (Hill)

The serpentine road

The road along the BP Highway is a wonder in itself. The highway constructed with aid from the Japanese government looks serpentine, especially from Pipal Bhanjyang to Dhungre Bhanjyang, and awe-inspiring. Of late, the road has not just attracted curious visitors but also ambitious film crews seeking to find a perfect shot in the road. The road is enveloped by green forests, further helping the cause for Nepali filmmakers. “It is wonderful that the road itself has transformed into a tourist destination,” said Ishwar Basnet, professor at Sindhuli Multiple Campus. “Many visitors stop by the road to have it in their photo’s background.” The road is also considered architecturally important.

SindhuliHow to get there

There are public vehicles available in Kathmandu that lead you directly to Sindhuli.

Where to stay

There are hotels in Sindhuli Madhi, the district headquarters, but your best bet would be to stay at Bhadrakali homestay or at Chetana Village Resort, nearby Sindhuli gadhi.

Bhadrakali Community Homestay

Once you’ve made your trip around Sindhuli, you won’t have to go too far for a good rest and food. The Bhadrakali Community Homestay in Dhungre Bhanjyang will be welcoming you. The homestay offers good food and residence at an inexpensive rate. The homestay provides local food such as fried maize, gundruk and local chicken curry, among others. The homestay lies a few kilometers from Sindhuli gadhi. There’s a rodhi Ghar, where dance is performed every day, set up to entertain the guests.

What to eat

 Among the regular Nepali foods, try pickles made of sisno, geetha and bhyakur, along with delicacies made of maize, millet and buckwheat.
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