Situated to the eastern part of Kathmandu Valley, the capital of Nepal. Pashupatinath is the largest Hindu Temple in the word. The temple is one of the seven monument groups in UNESCO’s designation of kathmandu valley, as a cultural heritage site. The temple was erected 15 century by Lichhavi king Shupuspa Deva which is the oldest hindu temple in the kathmandu, Nepal.
Arati ceremony at Pashupatinath
The total area of the Pashupatinath Temple is 264 hectares of the land including 518 temples and monuments. The main temple is built in the Nepelese pagoda style. The two level roofs are of copper with gold covering. The temple has four main doors, all covered with silver sheets and gold pinnacle (Gajur).
Pashupatinath Temple Entrance Gate
The unique feature of this temple is that only 4 priests can touch the idol. Two sets of priests carried out daily rituals of Pashupatinath. One being the bhatt and other being the Bhandhari. Bhandaris are the helper who are not qualified to perform pooja rituals or to touch the deity, whereas Bhatta are the one who perform daily rituals and can touch the lingam.
There are many festivals throughout the year and thousands of devotees attend these festivals. Shivaratri and Teej festivals are the most important festival. During these festivals, over 800,000 peoples visit here per day.
Baba smoking chillium of ritual cannabis at shivaratri
The temple is well connected major cities through national highways and airports. Trivuwan International airport is 2km far from the temple.