Pashupatinath Temple

The Pashupatinath Temple is a Hindu temple complex in the eastern part of the Kathmandu Valley or about 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu City that serves the cult of Lord Pashupatinath as the center of Nepal's national god. The complex is a collection of shrines, ashrams, drawings, and inscriptions that are widely spread over the centuries along the banks of the sacred Bagmati river.

Pashupatinath Temple is one of seven important monument groups in the Kathmandu Valley as a cultural heritage site. The Maha Shivaratri Festival was attended by more than 800,000 followers who visited here. The newest temple was built by Lichhavi King Shupuspa in the 15th century after the old building was formerly eaten by termites.

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Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu, but it is not known exactly when the first start built. This richly decorated pagoda has a sacred phallus or holy symbol of Lord Shiva. Many legends illustrate how Lord Aalok Pashupatinath's temple appeared.

The main temple is built with Nepali pagoda style like cubic construction, carved wooden frame and copper roof with golden cover. The temple is above the base platform square which has four main doors and is covered with silver sheets, has a golden top, two Garbhagriha outside and inside where idols are placed and open spaces like corridors.

Sacro sanctum is a Mukhalinga stone with a silver yoni base attached to a silver snake. Lingam one meter facing four directions representing various aspects of Shiva is Sadyojata (Barun), Vamdeva (Ardha Nareshwor), Tatpurusha, Aghor and Ishana (imaginative). The five main elements are earth, water, air, light and ether.

Each face has a small protruding hand holding the rudraksha mala in the right hand and you on the other side. Unlike other Shiva lutes in India and elsewhere in Nepal, Pashupati Shiva in Pashupatinath always wore widespread gold except during the abhishakam.

The uniqueness of this temple is only 4 priests who can touch the statue. The daily ritual of Pashupatinath is performed by two sets of priests each becoming Bhatt and Bhandari. Bhatt is the one who performs daily rituals and can touch the lingam, while Bhandari is the temple priest minister who is not qualified to perform the pooja ritual or touch the gods.

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu City, then take a taxi to get to Pashupatinath Temple recommended by the hotel.

Advice: The temple courtyard has 4 entrances in all directions. The west entrance is the main entrance to the temple courtyard and is located three entrances only opened during regular time. The temple security forces are selective about who is allowed to go inside.

Hindus and Buddhists of the Nepalese diaspora, Sikh and Jain Indians are allowed only to enter the Temple courtyard, whereas Hindus of foreign and non-Hindu descent are not permitted to enter the temple compound. Others can watch the main temple from the side of the adjacent river and have to pay a ticket to visit the hundreds of small temples around the temple complex. Pashupatinath Temple

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The temple courtyard is open from 4 am to 7 pm for worshipers but the Pashupatinath Temple where Lingam Lord Pashupatinath opens at 5 am to 12 pm for morning ritual and 5 pm to 7 pm for evening rituals. Devotees are not allowed to enter at Garbhagriha deepest but are allowed to visit the outer Garbhagriha.

Many festivals throughout the year and thousands of people attended these festivals. The most important festivals are the Maha Shiva Ratri Bala Chaturthi festival and the Teej festival. During these festivals, people from all over the world come to worship.