Pashupatinath Temple is one of the 8 UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia. It was built in the 5th century. However, it is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium when a Shiva lingam was discovered here. Visitors other than Hindus can see it from across the river. The inner sanctum has a Shiva lingam and outside sits the largest statue of Nandi the bull, the vehicle of Shiva. Hundred of Shiva lingams are within the compound. The big Maha Shivaratri festival in spring attracts thousands of devotees from within Nepal and from India. HIGHLIGHTS • Learn Hinduism / Hindu Culture • Take pictures with the Hindu holy men • See the cremation of the dead body • Private Transportation with Driver • Tour by professional Guide
There is a lot to see in the Pashupatinath Temple. Main temple is built in the Nepalese pagoda style of architecture. All the features of pagoda style are found here like cubic constructions, beautifully carved wooden rafters on which they rest (Tundal). The two level roofs are of copper with gold covering. The temple resides on a square base platform with a height of 23m 7cm from base to pinnacle. It has four main doors, all covered with silver sheets. This temple has a gold pinnacle (Gajur). Two Garbhagrihas are outer and inner. The inner Garbhagriha or sanctum sanctorum is where the idol is placed and outer sanctum is an open corridor-like space.Double roofed pagoda style temple has a gilded roof, four sides covered in silver and wood carvings of the finest quality. Cremation of Hindus take place on raised platforms along the river. The site and events at cremation is not for those who have weak heart; however the visitors are still seen curiously watching. Experience this highly suggested religious centre for a mix of religious, cultural and spiritual experiences. Located 4 km northwest of Kathmandu on the banks of the Bagmati River, the temple area also includes Deupatan, Jaya Bageshori, Gaurighat (Holy Bath), and Kutumbahal, Gautama, Pingalasthan and Sleshmantak forest, where around 492 temples are, 15 Himalayas (shrines of Lord Shiva) and 12 Jyotirlinga (phallic shrines) to explore.