Pashupatinath means "the load of the animals". This temple is the biggest temple in Nepal and is one of the four most important religious sites of Asia. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Shiva and is one of the most ancient temples of Nepal built in the 5th Century. This religious site is believed to have existed from the beginning of the millennium when the Shiva Lingam was discovered here.
The temple is built in Pagada style with gilded roofs. The main temple has four gates which are entirely made up of silver. On the very entrance of the temple lies the huge metallic statue of the bull named Nandi which is believed to serve as the vehicle to Lord Shiva.Nearby Pashupatinath lies the Guheshwori temple which is dedicated to Shiva's consort, Sati Devi.
Pashupatinath is situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. On the raised platforms of the river cremation of the Hindus take place. It is believed that once cremated on Pashupati's river bank the soul will find peace and will never be reborn to an animal. The cremation site is not for the faint-hearted one. It is the place where last of rituals of the Hindus are performed and we can see the visitors looking at the ceremony with much curiosity on their face from the other side of the river. It is believed that taking a bath in the Bagmati river will help people cleanse soul so thousand and devotees can be seen taking a bath on the bank of this holy river.
The aarati done on the bank of the Bagmati river has gained a lot of fame due to its beauty. The banks are covered with the visitors and devotees who come to the river bank to bring peace to their mind and also to capture this beautiful aarati with their naked eyes. Ganga Aarti along with Tandava Bhajan which was written originally by Ravan himself is carried out on the evening Ganga Aarati and after that, the doors of the temples are closed for the day.
Pashupatinath is listed among the 8 UNESCO world heritage sites. It is among the few living cultures of the world. Unlike many other cultural sites, Pashupatinath is the center of energy with visitors all day long. Every year with the blooming spring a huge festival called Maha Shivaratri is celebrated. The festival is celebrated on 4th of March which attracts thousands of pilgrimages, visitors, sadhu and devotees from all across the world to come here. People stay in endless lines to get inside the temple for the prayer.
Anyone visiting Kathmandu must experience this religious hub as it is a mixture of religious, cultural and spiritual experiences. The temple also includes Deupatan, Gusheshwori, Jayabageshwori, Gaurighat, Kutumbahal, Gaushala, Pingalasthan and Sleshmnatak forest. This temple located 3 km northwest of kathmandu has 492 temples, 15 Shivalayas(shrines of Lord Shiva) and 12 Jyotirlinga(phallic shrines) for you to explore.
The tourists and the visitors are allowed to roam around the outskirts of the temple but only the Hindus are allowed to enter inside the gates of the main temple. Visit Pashupatinath to experience something that cannot be experienced elsewhere.