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    What is the importance of Pashupathinath Temple at Kathmandu ?

    What is the importance of Pashupathinath Temple at Kathmandu ? The Hindus have high regard and revere this temple with great dedication and prayer. May i know from the experts of this site what is the prominence of this great temple of Himalayan Kingdom. Why it is so revered by the Hindus of this country ?
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  • Nepal was the only Hindu Kingdom(till recently.Now it is changed to a secular nation). As a Hindu Kingdom, Lord Pasupathi(Siva) was taken as the Presiding deity and protector by Nepal Kings and people.

    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).

  • Pasupatinath Temple in Kathmandu is one of the most important and sacred places of the Saivites. It is believed to be the oldest and largest Shiva Temple in the world. The temple is regarded as the head of Sati Devi who burnt herself into ashes and who was the first wife of Lord Shiva. The temple is situated on the banks of holy Bagmati river. The uniqueness of the temple is that it has four main entrance doors in four directions which are opened for the devotees to have a darshan of the Lord. Early morning, I suppose its 4 a.m, the main entrance door facing west is first opened and then later the three other main doors are opened to the devotees. On performing ksheerabhishekam / (pouring of milk) to the deity, the devotees are given a Panchamukhi Rudraaksha Maala with 54 Rudraakshaas in the chain and it is believed by the devotees that the other 54 Rudraakshaas in a maala obtained from the Kedarnath Temple of India together making a 108 Rudraakshas in a chain or maala is considered very very auspicious and lucky indeed as per the beliefs of the Saivites. In addition to its being the oldest, largest and holiest among Shiva Temples of the world, it also provides a home 'Bridhaashram' to the old and destitute.

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  • Pashupathinath Temple in Nepal is the biggest temple in world. It use to be consider as the savior of Nepal Kingdom which now is abolished.

    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.

  • Lord Pashupatinath is another name of Lord Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva remained here in form of deer for sometime with Devi Parvati. Before leaving the place, he declared that as he stayed at the place in form of a animal, the place will be worshipped by the name of pashupatinath.


  • Pashupathinath Temple is situated on the bank of the Bagmati River in the eastern side of Kathmandu,the capital of Nepal.
    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.

    How the temple of Lord Pashupatinath came to existence in Katmandu?

    There are many stories or mythology. As stated in histories, the Jyotirlingam (the form of Lord Shiva's image) was under the ground and grasses grew over it for many years. Strangely every day a Cow used to come there and gave her milk to this place where the Lingam was hidden. The owner of the Cow noticed that she stopped for giving milk since many days and the owner keep watch on the Cow. Finally found the scene where she was giving milk. Then the owner wondered. He dug the place and found the Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva under the ground. After this incident a number of other gwalas (owners of cow) gathered that place and used to worship this Jyothirlingam. As the time passed, the Lord Pashupathnath became famous by gaining more and more popularity and started the traditional worship religiously. Gradually the temple of Pashupathnath became a great pilgrim place of Nepal. The Ruler/King of Nepal made contributions in developing and beautifying this holy temple over centuries. As per the oldest record in Nepal this temple was built by Supus Padeva, a Linchchhavi King.

  • The Pashupathinath temple was built in the 5th century and is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. The today,s structure was built in the 19th century after its destruction by the Mughal,s in the 14th century.The temple is built in the Pagoda style of architecture. Only Hindus are allowed in the temple.The priests who perform poojas in this temple are the South Indian Brahmins. This tradition is believed to have been started at the request of Adi Sankaracharya, who encouraged the cultural exchange between the different Indian States and sought their unification.The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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