Kailashnath Mahadev Statue (कैलाशनाथ महादेव) is the World
's tallest Shiva statue. It is situated in Sanga, the border of Bhaktapur
and Kavrepalanchwok districts in Nepal
which is about 20 km from Kathmandu
. The statue is 143 feet high and made using copper, zinc, concrete and steel. According to the List of statues by height, Kailashnath Mahadev is the World's Fortieth (40th) Tallest Statue, 4 Places below the Statue of Liberty.
The construction of the statue began in 2004 and was completed in 2011. Kamal Jain and his company was the key contributor for the construction of this structure. Kamal Jain is an Indian entrepreneur who established a company named Hilltake Water Tanks in Nepal. This statue is also promoted as an official Marvel of the Hilltake Group of Companies.
About 5,000 visitors comes to see this statues on a week day and significantly large number of visitor pays visit on weekends, national holidays and Hindu festivals. It is listed as a must visit place in many magazines, and is recognized by the tourism board of Nepal Due to rise in number of visitors, this statue has contributed for religious tourism in Nepal; both local and international. This has raised the economic activity of the local community and has brought significant impact in the development of nearby villages.
Design and construction
This statue's design and structure has been adapted to represent a Hindu god Lord Shiva. The construction of this statue started in 2004 and was completed in 2011. The foundation is about 100 feet deep which was necessary to make stable structure in the ridge. Due to potential threat of landslide, structures were also built for ground stabilization. A number of Nepalese engineers were involved in the construction. An experienced Indian engineer was also involved during the design and construction period.