Pashupatinath Temple is yet another exotic location and a beautiful place to visit in our neighborhood country Nepal and the good news is that you don’t require a passport to get there. Just have a valid ID proof and you are ready to explore one of the most spectacular temples of the world. Pashupatinath Temple is located on the banks of Bagmati River which is 5 km away from Kathmandu valley in the city of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. This temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site since the year 1979. It is considered as one of the most sacred temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
This temple is situated amidst beautiful landscape and it is a collection of various temples, images and ashrams. It is a major tourist attraction and people from entire Asia visit this temple round the year and on the day of Mahashivarathri more than 1000000 people visit here. This temple was built anew by King Kirat Yalamber in 17th century in order to pay respect to Lord Shiva. This temple is the oldest Hindu Temple in Kathmandu and it is said to be around 400 A.D. Lord Shiva is said to be the lord of all living and nonliving things.
There are various tales behind the temple. It is said that wish fulfilling cow Kamdhenu took shelter in a cave in Kathmandu Nepal. Everyday Kamdhenu went up to a place where the holy Lingam was soiled. She poured her milk daily at the same place. After a period of 10000 years someone noticed Kamdhenu and they removed the soil. Thus the divine Linga was found and it began to be worshiped. Other than the Linga, the temple has a Hanuman Shrine, Vasuki Nath Temple, Surya Narayan Temple in the inner courtyard, and Ram Mandir, 12 Jyotirlingas and Guhyeshwari Temple in the outer courtyard. It is built in the Nepalese Pagoda style and the main idol of the temple is a stone Mukhlinga with a silver yoni base which is bound with sliver serpent. The Lingam’s height is 1 m and it has four faces in 4 directions. Daily rituals are carried out in the temple by two set of priests.
So friends if you are planning to visit any of the religious places then visit Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal. In addition to the temple visit, you would be able to enjoy marvelous landscape as well.