Interesting Facts About Pashupatinath Temple Kathmandu
Pashupatinath temple is the world heritage and prestigious site for Hindu devotees all around the world. This temple lies on both banks of the Bagmati river on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. The Pashupatinath temple dedicated to great god Lord Shiva. Every year this temple attracts thousands of pilgrims followers of Hinduism. Mostly elder’s visite this place to spend the last day’s of their lives, to meet death to attain salvation. Here they performed cremations to deceased persons on the banks of the rivers and immersed the ashes of death person separately in the scared river Bagmati, which later meets the holy river Ganga so they can be reborn as a human, regardless of any misconduct the soul will be disturbed and came back and haunt living relatives. Each and every person feels lucky if they die here.
The exact day of their death is predicted by astrologers of the temple. It is a temple with the special atmosphere of death, here you will get the death vibration from each and every corner. One of the major festivals of this temple is Maha Shivaratri on which day over 70,000 devotees visits here.
The Temple Complex:
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the oldest temple, located on the river Bagmati. The temple was built in the Pagoda style of architecture with cubic constructions and impressive sculptures of a large Shiva bull or Nandi, covered with a gold coating. This temple contains four main gateways, all covered with a silver coating. Only followers of Hinduism can enter the main temple, but all the other will only allow seeing the facade of the temple and statues. Until Nepal was secularised, the temple served as the seat of Lord Pashupatinath. In fact, the temple destroyed by Mughal invaders, but still, it holds its original grandeur and aura.
This Temple was erected in the 15th century by Lichhavi King Shupuspa, but we don’t know the exact date of Pashupatinath construction. It is considered as the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. Here many small temples were constructed around the main temple. But according to the Nepal Mahatmaya, the deity here gained a great fame there was a Pashupati, the lord of all pashus, which are living as well as non-living beings. Pashupatinath Temple existence dates back to 400B.C
No entry fee for Pashupatinath temple, Nepal, Kathmandu
Opening timings for Pashupatinath Temple:
Closed between 12 pm to 5pm
All days of the week
4:00 AM – 12:00 PM
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
How to reach Pashupatinath Temple:
There are daily service buses from Kathmandu (from Ratna Park or City Bus Station) to Patan. It takes approximately 45 minutes to reach Goshala, the stop for Pashupatinath. Battery-operated Safaa tempos depart from near the Ratna Park office in Kathmandu and drop the pilgrims at Ring Road, west of Pashupatinath. Thereafter, a tempo going to Chabahil or Bodhnath can be hired.