July 26, 2023
Pashupatinath Temple is a Hindu temple situated on the Bagmati River's bank in Kathmandu Valley. It is a sacred pilgrimage destination dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath Temple was enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The stupa is only believed to have been built in the 5th century, and the current building was built in the 14th century by King Bhupatindra Malla.
The temple is designed in the pagoda style, with a golden spire and four silver-plated gates. It is surrounded by other smaller temples and shrines, and the complex encompasses an area of around 264 hectares.
Many spiritual men known as "Sadhus" visit the temple from Nepal and India. Every year, a large number of pilgrims visit to seek blessings and perform rituals like as bathing in the holy water of the Bagmati River as well as perform puja at the temples and shrines.
This location is renowned for being a Hindu cremation site in addition to a monkey habitat. The main temple is solely open to Nepalese and SAARC tourists; if you are a foreigner, you are not permitted to enter. You can visit simply outside.
During numerous Hindu festivals, such as Teej, Bala Chaturdashi, and Maha Shivaratri, the Pashupatinath Temple becomes a hive of activity. The temple is adorned with lights and flowers throughout this period, and many cultural activities and religious ceremonies are held.
Visitors are obliged to follow certain rules, such as removing shoes and leather-based belongings before entering the complex and not taking photos inside the temple.