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The pujaris or priests are from South India.This also is is now opposed by certain sections of the people.
Only Hindus are allowed in this temple. It was an interesting news that When late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi visited the temple, he was allowed but his wife Sonia was not allowed as she is a non-Hindu.
Pasupathinath temple has importance as it is major temple in the Himalaysa near to Kailas, supposed to be abode of Lord Sive(Pasupati).
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The Lord Shiva who is also known as Lord Pashupathi is the supreme god in this temple. Its also a religious center for many Hindus across the world.
In this temple non Hindus are not permitted same as in the temples of South India.
There may be many importance connected to Pashupathinath Temple. Some notable special importances are;
Though this temple is in Katmandu-Nepal(neighboring country of India) the services of this temple is carrying out by South Indian Priests. Hindus are only allowed to enter the temple premises and in case of non- Hindu visitors, they are allowed to see the temple from the other bank of Bagmati River. This temple is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam (greatest Shiva temples of the continent.). Also Pashupathinath Temple is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Pashupatinath Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. The temple of Lord Pashupatinath stands in the centre of Deopatan town, in the middle of an open courtyard. It is a square shaped pagoda temple built on single platform and stands 23.6 meters from the ground Inside the Temple there is a Four face (chaturmukha)Lingam which represent the Pashupati (Lord of Animals). The four faces of this Lingam naming as 'Tatpurusha'–face looking to east, 'Aghora'–face looking to South, 'Sadhyojata"–face looking to West and 'Vamadeva'–face looking to North. The upper part of the Lingam is known as 'Ishan'.
The banks of Bagmati River which flows next to Pashupatinath Temple is having many bathing spots or ghats use by pilgrims. The bathing spot preferred for women is the Gauri Ghat. One of the Ghat namely Arya Ghat, is having special importance because it is the only place where lustre water for Pashupatinath Temple can be obtained and also where members of the Royal family are cremated.
The most important festival of Pashupathinath Temple is Shivaratri.