Pashupatinath Temple

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Pashupatinath Temple information

Pashupatinath , Nepal
admission foreigner/Chinese Rs 1000/500, child under 10yr free
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Undiminished by the earthquake, the pagoda-style Pashupatinath temple was constructed in 1696 but this has been a site of Hindu and Buddhist worship for far longer. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the compound of the famous main temple, but you can catch tantalising glimpses of what is going on inside from several points around the perimeter wall.

From the main gate on the west side of the compound, you can view the mighty golden behind of an enormous brass statue of Nandi , Shiva’s bull. Inside the shrine, hidden from view, is a black, four-headed image of Pashupati. If you climb the terraces to the west of the temple, you can look down on the gilded rooftop. There are more views from the top of the terraces on the east side of the Bagmati, inside the temple complex.

If you follow the road running south from the side entrance to the temple, you will pass the Panch Deval (Five Temples), a former temple complex that survived the quake and acts as a social welfare centre for destitute elderly Nepalis.