Located on the banks of river Bagmati River in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal; Pashupatinath got the Grace of God when it went almost unharmed given the range of earthquake hit the roads of valley. Scientific reasons say it happened due to its bricks being held together by strong metal sheets in its roof; people having faith in God, it’s all his work! Whatever the reason; being here offers the kind of peace and serenity which less places in the world do!
Unesco World Heritage Site
Consider this: There are 12 Jyotirlingas (of Hindu Lord Shiva) in India. Pashupatinath is the head of Lord Shiva. It is one of the main reasons why it is so much revered by Hindus all over the world. For others, it’s the architecture and design which calls for them. The temple includes sections of Ram Temple from 14th century and the famous Guhyeshwari Temple of 11th century manuscript on it. In fact the presence of Pashupatinath dates back to 400 A.D. and so its architecture is definitely a charm amongst its visitors.
Temple and its Complex
The beautiful temple has the main idol is a stone Mukhalinga with silver serpent over it. The lingam has its face in all four directions. They represent Sadyojata, Vamdeva, Tatpursha, Aghor And Ishana aspects of Lord Shiva. The entire temple is beautifully carved with cubic design and wooden rafters. The roofs are made up of copper and gold plating. The temple has a Garbhagraha with outer one plated with gold and inner one has the idol of the lord Shiva placed in it.
There are two sections – inner and outer side.
The inner sections consists of Vasukinath, Surya, Kirthi Mukh Bhairav, hanuman shrine, 184 shivaling shrine, bundanil kantha shirne and unmatta bahirav temple.
The outer section consists of Ram mandir, Virat swaroop mandir, 12th Jyotirlinga and Guhyeshwari temple. The entire temple can be seen from four different sides – from river side, from main entrance, bagami river where cremations are carried out and the backyard. It easily takes 4 – 5 hours to see the entire temple in a considerable street. Being here means dressed up in fully covered hands and legs dress. Jeans and short tops are not allowed at any cost. One has to keep their belongings outside the temple including the hand purse and leather belts.
Pashupatinath is also famous for the last rites of Hindus which are carried out here. The main festival celebrated here is Shivaratri. Lakhs of devotees each year come to seek the blessings of the Lord.
*Mainly Hindus are allowed inside the temple complex and not people of any other culture. Sikhs and Jains if they are from India are permitted if they are of India or are of Indian descandents.
The morning pujas are done from 5 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 5p.m. 7 p.m. for evening aarti. Visitors are not allowed to enter the inner –most circle but they can see the aarti from outer section. Entering the temple means being your hands and legs decently covered. Jeans and short tops are not allowed under any circumstance. One has to deposit things like hand-purse, leather belt and cameras before entering the pious place.