Description of Halesi
The temple of Halesi Mahadev in Khotang is a popular pilgrimage for both Hindu and Buddhist
followers. Situated at an altitude of 1355 meters, the temple area has three caves that are
believed to represent three eyes of Lord Shiva. Buddhists, who worship the caves as Maratika
monastery, believe that Padmasambhava (the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, the great
Rempoche) and his wife Mandarava freed themselves from the circle and thus became immortal
in these caves.
According to a Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva hid himself in these caves after demon Bhasmashur,
who had got a boon from Lord Shiva himself, tried to kill him. In one of the caves, Lord Bishnu
is believed to have helped Lord Shiva by killing demon Bhasmashur. Besides Halesi temple,
there are host of other natural and cultural attractions in Khotang district. The district also
holds the possibility of developing community-based eco-trekking trails.
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