Doleshwor is the head of Kedarnath
Kedarnath Temple along with Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, forms part of the annual religious excursion (Chardham Yatra) undertaken by Hindus to the Himalayas. Kedarnath Temple, located in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand of India, is one of the most popular temples associated with Hindu religion where lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Bull but without the head. Bhim Shankarling Shivacharya, the 54-year-old head of Kedarpeeth, has officially declared that the idol (Shivalinga) worshipped as Doleshwor Mahadev in Sipadol VDC of Bhaktapur, Nepal is the missing Head of the idol worshipped in Kedarnath.
Legend has it that Pandavas reached the Kedarnath region to seek forgiveness from Lord Shiva for the loss of lives during the 18-day Mahabharata war. But Lord Shiva was not ready to forgive them and disguised himself as a bull. The Pandavas soon realized that the Bull was Lord Shiva and tried to stop it by pulling the tail, whence the head got separated and vanished. The Pandavas finally located the head part as directed by the holy voice (Aakashvani) in thePashupat Region of Nepal, which consists of 64 jyotirlinga (idol of Lord Shiva), Doleshwor Mahadev being one of them.
For 4,000 years, people have been searching for the head of Kedarnath who assumed the shape of a bull to avoid the five Pandava brothers, the heroes of the Mahabharata. The search was declared over after Shree 1008 Jagadguru Bhimashankarlinga Shivacharya Mahaswamiji, the head of Kedarnathpeeth in Uttarkhand, officially spelled on 22nd August of 2009, that the Shivalinga worshipped as Doleshwor Mahadev in Sipadol village of Bhaktapur is the missing head part of Kedarnath. As proof, the holy man pointed out the amazing similarity in the traditions of the shrines in two different countries. See official declaration and proof of Doleshwor as Head of Lord Kedarnath.
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