Pashupatinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the biggest temples for the Hindus in Nepal. The temple is located in the eastern part of Kathmandu and is situated on the banks of Bagmati river. This temple is also listed under the UNESCO world heritage sites in Nepal. Pashupatinath Temple, with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. The main pagoda exhibits the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva.
The temple is believed to have been build around 400 A.D. Millions of pilgrims now come from all over the world to pay homage to this temple. Non-Hindus are not entertained into the temple, so they have to feed their eyes from outside even after paying the entry fees. However, they are allowed to see the temple from the other side of the bank of the Bagmati river. Another interesting thing here is that only the four priests appointed by the king can touch the idol of Lord Shiva, even the Hindu pilgrims are not allowed to touch them.
1. The priests here are always from South India. It is believed that this tradition has been started by Sage Shankaracharaya in 6th century.
2. Mahashivratri is the only day in Nepal when marijuana/bhang is considered legal. It is in fact distributed to devotees and non-devotees as prasad at this temple here, and at many other temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
When to go
Usually months from October-March are the best ones to visit here. You can also plan to be a part of the great Mahashivratri festival which usually falls in the month of Feb or March and is celebrated with great pomp and show.
How to reach
Situated on the banks of river Bagmati, This temple is just 5 km away from the center of Kathmandu towards north-eastern side. There is a regular bus service to and from from this place.
One can also stop by the place while coming from or going to Boudhanath, which is more than half day's affair from Kathmandu. One can also walk down to Boudhanath as it just half an hour walk from here and vice-a-versa.