Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple

Posted in Religious on Apr 27, 2019

One of the most important religious sites in Asia for Shiva devotees stands on the banks of the holy Bagmati river, bounded with four silver doorways, hundreds of Shiva ling’s shrines and holy symbols. The Pashupatinath temple is the largest Hindu temple and considered to be the holiest of all Hindu temples. The temple, spread across 246 hectors wide, is surrounded by a bustling market of religious stalls selling marigolds, tika powder, pictures of temples and other pilgrimage essentials which provides the spiritual vibe along with the combination of religion, art, and culture. Pashupatinath is more than just a religious destination. It signifies peace, devotion and a powerful Hindu spiritual energy closely connected to Shiva in the form of Pashupati, the lord of animals.

Pashupatinath was built in the fifth century and later renovated by Malla kings. Its original beauty still remains with the beautifully sculpted stone sculptures. This temple is an important destination for art historians. It displays a variety of styles of temples some of which are Dome style, Pagoda style, Shikhara style and so on. Additionally, variety in statues and sculptures can also be seen. There are statues created of stone, metal, and wood reflecting their own cultural, religious identity and stories of their creation.

Only Hindus are allowed to enter the compound of the main temple, but you can catch mesmerizing glimpses of what is going on inside from several points around the perimeter wall. The nearby riverside steps are Nepal's most holy cremation site. Each temple has its own set of rituals to be performed, and every temple has specific value and customs. On the other side of the river, you can also enjoy a walk to small forest Shleshmantak, homes to animals like deer and monkeys. Overall, your Pashupatinath visit can be a real treat with us.