The Pashupatinath Temple
THE PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE
The Pashupatinath temple is one of the Hindu temples of the most important god Shiva in the world; in fact, it is considered the most sacred among the temples of Shiva. It’s located on the banks of the Bagmati River, Kathmandu. This temple, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, served as the place of settlement of the national divinity, the god Pashupatinath. The temple of Pashupatinath was raised again in the seventeenth century by King Bhupendra Malla, after the previous building was consumed by termites.
The temple is created in a Nepalese pagoda style, the beautifully carved wooden beams. The two levels of the ceilings are copper coated with gold. The temple has four main doors, all covered with silver plates, and a golden pinnacle (Gajur), which is a symbol of religious thought. The western gate has a statue of a great bull or Nandi, which is plated in bronze. The deity is a black stone. Vasukinath is located east of Pashupatinath.
Many stories related to the origin of Pashupatinath. One of them says that Shiva and Parvati arrived in the valley of Kathmandu and on their trip they rested with Bagmati. Shiva was so impressed by its beauty and by the nearby forest that they decided to become deer and take a walk through this forest. There are many places in the Kathmandu valley that are identified as places that Shiva visited during this time as a deer. After a while the people and the gods began looking for Shiva. Finally, and after several complications, they found him in the forest, but he refused to abandon it. What he did announce is that the place where he lived on the shores of Bagmati in the form of a deer would be known as Pashupatinath, the Lord of all Animals. Another story is about the incarnation of Parvati as Sati, who gave up his life because his father did not respect Shiva. Afflicted by this loss, Shiva wandered the world carrying her body. In those places where a piece of his body fell, a temple was established, including one in Guhyeshvari next to the Pashupatinath complex.
The Pashupati area is considered one of the most important places of pilgrimage for the followers of Hinduism. Thousands of devotees, both from the country and abroad, arrive at the site every day. On special occasions like in the Ekadasi, Sankranti, Mahashivratri, Teej Akshaya, Rakshabandhan, Grahana (eclipse) or in the Poornima (full moon day) the atmosphere of the place becomes festive and people congregate in greater numbers. During the celebration of the Shivaratri festival the Pashupatinath temple is illuminated by oil lamps and remains open throughout the night. Thousands of devotees take ritual baths in the Bagmati River during the day of the festival and observe fasting throughout the day. On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri hundreds of sadhus (sages) from different parts of Nepal and India come to this place.
Many faithful and saddhus (sacred men) visit the temple on the Ghats next to the Bagmati River, where they submerge to purify themselves. There are different types of Ghats, and many of them are used for the cremation of funeral pyres. In the area of the temple of Pashupatinath there are often many saddhus, who, although they are sacred men, many of them are not really what they seem and they are dedicated to extracting the money from foreigners who want to take a picture with them, and a true saddhu does not I would do that.
The priests who carry out the services in this temple are Brahmin priests of South Indian origin for more than 350 years. The priests of Pashupatinath are called Bhattas and the high priest is called Mool Bhatt or Raval.
Pashupatinath is one of those places that you have to visit to really understand what it represents, since it is not an attraction in which you see, hear, smell, touch or taste, it is an attraction in which you feel.
Also, there is another magnetic site nearby the Pashupatinath such as Boudhanath, langtang national park, Dharahara, Kwa Bahal, Garden Of Dreams, Swayambhunath Temple, Pokhara Valley, Patan, Lumbini, Bhaktapur etc. visit all the places and feel the real nature and it’s beauty.
- Destination:Kathmandu, Nepal
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