Pashupatinath Temple

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Pashupatinath Temple is one of the important Hindu Temple in the world. Pashupatinath temple has great importance in the Hindu religion and Hindu followers all over the world, therefore, thousands of devotees in year travel and worship at Pashupatinath temple and worship their deities for their life and prosperity. Our aim is not only to provide information about the temple but also to the major attractions at Pashupatinath temple with their historical and mythological importance.

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Pashupatinath Temple Location (Map)
Pashupatinath Temple Location (Map)

Pashupatinath temple one of the famous Hindu sacred religious temples, located on the banks of the Bagmati river around 5 KM north-east of Kathmandu and the eastern part of Kathmandu valley. UNESCO World Heritage site listed Pashupatinath Temple in 1973 and become the important tourism destination site all over the world.

How to Reach Pashupatinath Temple
There are several ways to reach the Pashupatinath Temple. You can easily get Bus from Ratna park Bus Station (Kathmandu) which takes around 45 mins to reach the temple. If you are from Bhaktapur you can get Bus from Kamalbinayak Bus station which takes around an hour to reach the temple.

Pashupatinath Temple Timings

Pashupatinath Temple darshan timings Everyday starts from 4 am to 12 noon and again from 5 pm to 9 pm in the night. The temple stays closed from noon to 5 pm every day.

Pashupatinath Temple Aarti timings are in the evening from 6-7:30pm.

Pashupatinath Temple Entry Fees

If you are Nepal Citizen you are free to Enter the Temple and worship. SAARC Countries except India has a entrance free of NRS 1000. Indian are Free as well to enter the temple. Other foreign Nations has have to pay NRS 1000 as the entrance fee.

Pashupatinath temple and Lord Shiva

Pashupatinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva reflecting the importance of temple for Hindu followers all over the world. All Hinduism followers all over the world believe that they should travel Pashupatinath temple in their life for their wellbeing and prosperity and Mukti or Moksha (Liberation). During major festivals of Nepal dedicated to Lord Shiva such as Mahashivaratri, Teej, and Bala Chaturdashi devotees all over the world visit Pashupatinath Temple.

History of Pashupatinath Temple

According to Historians, the temple was built around the 5th century and later it was renovated and bought some changes during Malla rulers. However, the site was itself was important to Hindu followers before the temple was constructed and the temple was erected where Lord Shiva Lingam was discovered. The temple is one of the largest temple complexes in Nepal stretches on both sides of the Bagmati River (One of the Holy river in Nepal).

Mythological Story of Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple is the most visited temple in Nepal by major Hindu followers. It is important to understand the existence of the Pashupatinath temple and why the temple is so much crowed to worship and offer prayer to Lord Shiva.

There are several stories regarding the existence of the Pashupatinath temple. However, the one among various stories and people widely believed is the story of Lord Shiva travel to the Pashupatinath area as deer.

Once when Lord Shiva and his wife Goddess Parbati traveling to the forest, they decide to rest near the bank of the Bagmati river. During their journey, they got so attracted to the beauty of the valley and forest, they decided to stay here and view the beauty of the forest. As time passes, the rest of the gods started looking for him due to his unknown missing. Later other gods found them to his pavilion. Lord Shiva refuses to go back and decided to pick a fight with them and broke his antler during the fight.

After much of their requests, he finally agreed to go back and announce that he spends so much of his time in the forest in the form of deer, he will be known as Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath means the Lord of All Animals. The antler he broke during fight turns into Lingam and says whoever appeared before the lingam would not be rebirth as an anime and will disappear under the soil and later the world forgot about it.

It is also believed that around ten thousand years later, there was a farmer with his herd stayed near the valley. A farmer has a cow named Kamadhenu a wish-fulfilling cow who had lived near the cave of Chandravan Mountain. Everyday Kamadhenu goes the place where the lingam was existed and pour milk on the spot. Other people were confused with her act therefore, the farmer decided to dig the place and there they found a beautiful shining Lingam. The farmer suddenly disappears and said that he was freed from all of his sins and re-birth.

The devotees later built the temple around Pashupatinath temple. Later various rulers came and contribute to other various God and Goddess temples. Since then, thousands of devotees travel to the temple and believe their wishes get fulfilled when they travel to the temple and also believed them to be closer to God.

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Major Attractions of Pashupatinath Temple

Major Attractions of Pashupatinath Temple
Major Attractions of Pashupatinath Temple

1. Pashupatinath Temple

The major travelers from different parts of the world travel to Pashupatinath temple to offer their prayers in front of their main deity of Hinduism god Shree Shiva. The temple does not only have importance in Hinduism Religion but also is equally important to Buddhist Religion. However, only Hindu followers are allowed to enter the main temple.

2. Cremation and other Ghats

Although one of the very sacred river Bagmati is being clogged with garbages and other pollutions the river has great importance as for cremation acts.

3. Bachhareshwari Temple

Bachhareshwar Temple is located between the ghats on the west bank of the Bagmati river. The temple was constructed around the 6th century with various architectures of skeletons, erotic scenes, and Tantric Figures.

4. Guhyeshwari Temple

The Guhyeshwari temple is built by Malla King Pratap Malla in 1653 which is dedicated to the wife of Shiva- Parvati in her terrible manifestation as Kali.

5. Gorakhnath Temple

The temple is located at the top of the hill constructed in red and white Shikhara Style.

Other Major Attractions Near Pashupatinath Temple are

  1. 6Shiva Shrines
  2. Lingam Shrines
  3. Religion Market
  4. Panch Deval
  5. Raj Rajeshwari Temple
  6. Nanda Statue
  7. Buddha Images near around temple.

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