Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple located in Nepal is dedicated temple to Lord Shive, it is one of four most visit dham of Hindu for Lord Shiva Devotees. Pashupatinath Temple is suitated on the holy river bank of Bagmati. It is also one of the largest temple in Nepal with hundreds of devotees from Hindu Nations visit everyday.

If you are looking to spent you weekend or a day in Kathmandu visit to Pashupatinath temple. If you want to know more about Hindu rituals, then best option is Pashupatinath temple.

Pashupatinath Temple located in Gausala, Kathmandu, Nepal is dedicated temple to Lord Shive, it is one of four most visit dham of Hindu for Lord Shiva Devotees. Pashupatinath Temple is situated on the holy river bank of Bagmati. It is also one of the largest temple in Nepal with hundreds of devotees from Hindu Nations visit everyday.

There are many mythical stories on the origin and existence of this temple. If you want to learn more on the mythical stories here:

How to reach Pashupatinath Temple?

Pashupatinath temple is located at Gausala, Kathmandu. It lies on north-east side of Kathmandu. Depending on where you are you can take several ways to reach Pashupatinath.

  1. If you have enough time and want a cheaper travel you take public buses or clean tempo. You can ask them if they go through the route of Gausala or Pashupatinath temple. Taking public vehicle is super cheap. It should cost you less then Rs.35. from around Kathmandu. But it might take quite a time as they stops around each stops.
  2. If you have less time then take a public taxi or hired vehicles. This way you will have quite quick and comfortable ride to Pashupatinath temple.  Depending on how far you are your cost might increase. Please ask taxi to move on meter system or bargain for the cost before you travel.

What is exciting in Pashupatinath temple?

This is a holy place of Lord Shiva. You can see various kinds of  devotees. You can see babas, saints, astrologists, religious gurus and more of other visitors.

Exciting things in Pashupatinath:

  1.  The main temple of Pashupatinath has four large doors made of Chadi silver. With super large bull in golden temple.
  2. If you are not a Hindu, be prepared to watch Hindu death ritual. Which is performed on the bank of holy river Bagmati. You might be overwhelmed to open cremation but this is part of Hindu ritual.
  3. On the bake of Bagmati you can see statue of Kali, which is believed to be emerging statue of Kali dev. It is half out from the ground and it is believed once the statue is full out then it is end of Kali Yug. And starts Satya Yug.
  4. In the evening at 6-7pm you can observe Aarti, which is praying to Pashupatinath in religious way. You can hum the Shiva prayers, take blessings in magnificent setting.
  5. Along the staircase of the Pashupatinath you reach to a Jungle , where you can watch deers in the jungle. They are not brought from else where but believed to exist as Lord Shiva in disgusts form. So they exist there naturally but are under conservation these days.
  6. On the other side of the Pashupatinath and the Jungle you reach to Temple Guhyeshwari Temple, which is temple of Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva. It has also its own mythical story.
  7. Wooden and stone craft works around the temple premises are amazing to explore.

Things to remember at Pashupatinath Temple area.

  1. Hindu devotion and belief on Pashupatinath Temple is high. It is one of the largest Hindu temple. Please be watchful with what you do around. Don’t do any kind of things that might hurt sentiments of the devotees.
  2. Keep your shoe or slippers on the free lockers on the temple premises. Otherwise you might loose and have no chance to complain.
  3. Only Hindus are allowed to visit the main temple.
  4. Cameras are strictly not allowed within main temple area.
  5. No leather products are allowed inside main temple.
  6. Don’t carry foods or be careful with what you carry. Monkeys are free and might get attracted to snatch you belongings.

Most exciting time in Pashupatinath Temple:

As it is Lord Shiva temple, Mahashivaratri , also known as Night of Shiva can be more exciting to visit Pashupatinath temple. During this time devotees from India in large numbers, babas from Banaras come to temple. TO mark the night of the Shiva.

You be over whelmed to see the mass of devotees who line up from super early morning to pray  Lord Shiva.

I hope your weekend or a day on Kathmandu is well spend . Please do share with me as well.

Happy travelling ! Keep exploring!

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