Kailashnath Mahadev Statue (Nepali: कैलाशनाथ महादेव) is the one of the tallest Shiva temple.
It is second tallest Hindu deity after Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue in Bali, Indonesia. It is situated in Sanga, on the border of the Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchwok districts in Nepal, about 20 km from Kathmandu.
The statue is 143 feet (43.5 m) in height was made using copper, zinc, concrete, and steel.
Design and construction
Designed to resemble images of the Hindu god, Shiva, and seen as a marvel of Nepalese engineering, the statue's construction began in 2003 and was completed in 2010. It was constructed mainly by Kamal Jain and "Hilltake", a company Jain established in Nepal in 1992 which deals with products such as water tanks. Nepalese engineers were involved in the construction along with one experienced Indian engineer specializing in the design and construction of large structures.The statue's foundation is about 100 feet deep, which was necessary to anchor the structure into the ridge. Due to the threat of potential landslides, structures were also built for ground stabilization.
About 5,000 visitors come to the statue on a weekday, and a significantly larger number visit on weekends, national holidays, and Hindu festivals.
Due to the number of visitors the statue has contributed to the religious tourism in Nepal, both locally and internationally, raised the economic activity of the local community, and has made an impact in the development of nearby villages.