Pashupatinath Temple

The Holy temple, Pashupatinath lies in the eastern part of Kathmandu on the bank of Bagmati River. It is the greatest Hindu Temple of Nepal. Lord Shiva is the main deity of this temple. He is also known as god of destroy according to the Hindu religion. He is a very powerful god.

While talking about the physical structure of Pashupatinath Temple, it is built in the pagoda style which has four silver doors, golden roof and wood carving. The stone sculpture is superb. This temple is surrounded by almost 15 shrines of Lord Shiva known as Shivalaya, 452 temples, 12 phallic shrines means jyotirlinga and some Buddhist deities as well.

Guheswori Temple is also located at this Pashupatinath area. It is the temple of Lord Shiva’s consort. It is also taken as the Shakti Peeth ( Foreigners are not allowed to go inside this temple.

There is the cremation area as well at Pashupatinath territory. The platform is located just above the bank of Bagmati River. It is a sacred river in accordance with Hinduism as every ritual works happen there.

Pashupatinath Temple is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.’Only the Hindu people are permitted to enter the Pashupatinath temple area from the front entrance gate while others need to go from the entrance of back side and watch temples from the view point only.

Shivaratri is the Hindu festival which means the night of Lord Shiva. It is celebrated all over Nepal and more importantly at Pashupatinath. On this day, the temple area is crowded by Hindu Pilgrimage. They are not Nepalese only but, the Indian as well. The queue of Worshippers are beyond our imagination who come to stand at line from the mid-night of previous day because only on this day, the doors of Pashupatinath Temple open and Pilgrimage get the chance to go inside, worship the Lord Shiva by their own hand and take the blessing of him.

Generally, Sadhu with printed face and yellow dresses can be found at this Pashupatinath area. But, on the occasion of Shivaratri, the varieties of Saints can be seen there even the naked Sadhu who are enjoying by taking the drugs. However, they are very friendly who click the photos with visitors with some non-fix charge.

Shrawan is the Nepali month. During this peiod also the doors of Pashupatinath open and the Hindu visitors are allowed to go inside for worshipping the god. Most of the people engage in the Bol-bom ( a type of holy works) who wears the yellow dresses and come to Pashupatinath Temple by walking for more than a week even from India.