Kailashnath Mahadev Statue (कैलाशनाथ महादेव) is a Shiva statue situated in Sanga, the border of Bhaktapur
and Kavrepalanchwok districts in Nepal
. This is the world's tallest Lord Shiva Statue. It is 143 feet high and is situated 20 km from Kathmandu, Nepal. The construction of the statue began in 2004 and was completed in 2011. The statue is made of copper, cement, zinc and steel. Kamal Jain was responsible for the building of this structure. This statue is situated on a hill where many villagers live who are uneducated and were very unfriendly during the construction period. However, now there is a lot of development in the community and the people there have started earning more due to the tourism around the statue.
Lately, the ownership of land has come under scrutiny as it is thought that the temple stands on government-owned land. It is also claimed that the management committee of the temple also impose a hefty entrance fee and worship fee on the devotees.
This statue has attracted tourism into Nepal, as it is the tallest such statue. It is listed as a must visit place in many magazines, and is recognized by the tourism board of Nepal. There are around 5,000 visitors on a week day and larger crowds on weekends, national holidays and festivals.
Design and Construction:
This statue's design and structure has been adapted from a Hindu god Lord Shiva. The construction of this statue started in 2004 and was completed in 2011. It took 7 years to complete. There was a 100 feet foundation which had to be made due to it being situated on a mountain. There were also many other precautions which needed to be considered as the mountain can have landslides.
The biggest challenge was making sure that the landslides do not cause any harm to the statue and the surrounding area.There was more than one head engineer through the construction period as the statue slowly started to require more qualified engineers. There was a head designer in-charge who came every week from India
to make sure that the body structure was being properly designed.