The oldest and the most sacred places of worship for Hindus in Nepal, the Pashupatinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is also known as Pashupatinath- the Lord of Animals. The temple is situated 3 kilometers to the northwest of Kathmandu, on the banks of Bagmati River, which later joins river Ganga. Thousands of pilgrims, particularly the elderlies, visit here to spend their last days and be cremated on the banks of the holy river. What brings them here is the belief that those who die in this temple are born as humans in their next lives, regardless of their karma.
Entry into the temple complex
Unlike most other Hindu temples, entry here is restricted to selected religions. Practicing Hindus and Buddhists who belong to India or Tibet are allowed to enter the inner courtyard. People from Sikh and Jain religion are also allowed into the compound but if only they are of Indian ancestry. Hindus from the western descent and all other non-Hindus are not welcomed at Pashupatinath. There is no restriction on anyone for visiting the other temples around here.
Situated in- Deopatan, Kathmandu
Presiding deity- Shiva Pashupati
Opening Hours for the Temple Complex: 4:00am – 7:00pm
Opening Hours for the Inner Temple Complex (where the Lingam is established): 5:00am -12:00pm and 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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