When you reach Haleshi Mahadevsthan, a holy shrine located in the eastern hilly district of Khotang, about 300 kilometers away from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, one gets a wonderful feeling of what kind of world one has come to. The presence of Lord Shankara and other deities enthroned on a high hill makes everyone amazed.The Dudhkoshi river, which flows through the border of Khotang and Okhaldhunga, encircling the Haleshi cave in a crescent shape, will be one of the Kaushiki rivers mentioned in the Mahapuran.
It is said that bathing in the holy waters of Dudhkoshi and visiting Haleshi brings happiness, prosperity in this world and even salvation in the hereafter.According to the locals, in the Satya Yuga, there was a forest around the Haleshi temple, where tigers, bears, squirrels, deer, jarayo, kaliz, titra, etc., were found in abundance. It is said that no one knew that there was a cave where Lord Shankara and the gods and goddesses were trapped by the waves.
According to the story, at one point while a Kiranti hunter was playing hunting, a deer injured by the hunter’s fight fell into Shivaji’s cave. When the hunter saw the light shining like a light inside the dark cave while going to take the deer, the hunter blinked and fainted. It is said that Lord Shankara gave darshan to the unconscious hunter and other deities also originated inside the cave and the hunter warned him not to commit murder and violence around the temple.
In the Haleshi temple, especially on the festivals of Mahashivaratri, Ram Navami and Balachaturdashi, special worship is performed in the temple and Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha are adorned with garments and ornaments. Apart from this, worship is also done every Monday and throughout the month of July.
There are two caves here, one of which is said to have been built by Lord Shankara to escape from Vrikasur in the cave of Vasaha.
Even today, we can clearly see the footprints of a god who is believed to have climbed out of the cave wall.
There is a statue of Lord Basah at the entrance of this cave and as soon as you enter the cave, there is a self-made conch shell on the left wall, which rings when the conch is played. In the upper ceiling of the cave, a cow’s udder is made from where the milk comes from. Devotees place their hands on the udder of the cow and shout, “Give milk.”
There is a belief that a drop of milk falls on the hands of the lucky ones. About 100 meters from Basahasthal there is a source of very pure water, which is said to have come from the feet of Lord Shankar. Shivaji’s Cave After coming out of the cave of Lord Shankar Basah, another hole was dug in the same hill and he entered it. The entrance to this cave is considered to be the main entrance. There is a temple of Ganesha on the right side of the main entrance and a monastery of Marti on the left side.
After entering through the entrance, the inner part of the cave is about 200 meters below the stone steps. In the front there are gatekeepers like Birbhadra, Mahakali etc. while on the right and left side of Lord Shiva there are birth gate, karmadwar, dharmadwar and papadwar. It is believed that if you can enter and cross these gates, you will get your own kind of fruit at each gate.
The scenery of nature in the mountains that rise in the middle of the Halesi temple with four twists and turns gives the feeling of sitting here and watching the cave and the temple forever. Saying that the then King Maharaja should have a Brahmin for worship, Gopal Giri, the family of the same astrologer, is currently performing the pooja by entrusting an astrologer of Giri Thar to worship and take care of the same temple. An all-party committee has been formed since November 22, 2006 to manage the offerings made at the temple.
This is described in the eighty-eighth chapter of the tenth volume of the Srimad-Bhagavatam Mahapurana. Once upon a time, Vrikasur, the son of Shakuni, while thinking of doing penance, met the sage Narada and asked him which of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar was the fastest pleasing deity. Naradaji said, “Lord Shankara is pleased faster than others, so worship Him.”
Six days had passed, but Vrikasur did not see him.
Again he began to do penance for seven days. Thus seeing his sadness, Lord Shankara appeared.
Vrikasura asked for a gift with a way to destroy all the deities. At that moment, he remembered Jagatmata Parvati and began to think how happy he would be to have such a beautiful wife. Kubhalo thought that it was Shivaji who was hindering me in this.
Thus, when Shankara started chasing God to destroy him, he had no choice but to run away from God. God was running away, Vrikasur also raised his hand and ran after him. While traveling all over the world, he could not find a place to escape from Vrikasur. Even though God was tired and Vrikasur was tired, he was chasing God. It is said that God came to this place in the eastern hill district of Khoetang in Nepal.
Putting Vrikasur in, he entered through a hole in the mountain and when he came out, he dug another hole in the same hill and sat down. He put a spider’s web in Khaldo’s mouth and the wave gave him jelly. The gods and goddesses watching this scene called Trahi, Trahi Narayan, Narayan and begged Lord Vishnu to find a way to save Lord Shankar.
Lord Vishnu immediately took the form of a saint and raised him at the foot of the same mountain where Vrikasura also came sighing in a tired state. When Vrikasur could not see the saintly Vishnu, Vishnu called Vrikasur and said, “O Vrikasurji, son of Shakuni, why did you come to such a distant place in such a weary state, rest for a while.”
Hearing such nectarine words of Lord Vishnu, Vrikasur died of exhaustion. He told the whole story to Shri Vishnu. After hearing that Shivaji should be met anyway, Vishnu said: In such a situation, he has no power, neither the gift he gave nor the curse is enough, so don’t believe him. ”
He wanted to test it by saying this to Lord Vishnu and when he put his hand on his own head he was immediately consumed. Vrikasur is also called Bhasmasur as he died in this way.
All the gods and goddesses who were watching such a scene came there with cheers raining down from the sky. Vishnu also renounced Sadhurupa and appeared in his Chaturvah form. Parvati also came and sat near Shivaji. There is a saying that Ganeshji also came and sat at the door.
According to the locals, Mr. Min Bahadur Gurung, a local from Khotang, has recently built a very good temple of Ganeshji in this place. Halesidham, the temple of Lord Shankar, is still famous as the Pashupatinath of the East and attracts thousands of devotees.
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