Exploring Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal
photo by: Mangal Daydreamer
1Where is the temple?
Commuting to the Pashupatinath temple is very easy. It is located 5km north east of Kathmandu City Square and it is an approximately 2km drive from the Tribhuwan International Airport.
Please note: Foreigners will have to pay about $10 – $15 entry fee to go inside the temple and you cannot visit the main temple unless you are a Hindu.
2Listed under UNESCO world heritage
This temple is one of the most important sacred areas for Hindus all over the world. The temple is also listed under UNESCO World heritage because of its cultural, religious and historical significance.
3The Day of the Lord
Every year, millions of Hindu devotees visit the temple, especially on Maha Shivaratri; it is the day of the lord himself and is celebrated annually in honor of the god Shiva.This is the only day in Nepal where smoking marijuana (cannabis) is tolerated by authorities because of its religious and spiritual importance.
4Cremations at the temple
Pashupatinath riverbanks are also famous for cremations. You can witness the ritual cremation ceremonies that are happening throughout the day out in the open. Witnessing it can give you chills down your spine and puts your life in perspective.
5 Photos by Mangal
One fine morning Mangal (one of our bloggers and the photographer), along with some of his photographer friends decided to explore the temple area for a short photo walk. “The morning was fresh and magical. Although it was April, the weather still felt like winter with mists still hovering around the riverbank.” – Mangal
Mangal and his friends decided to explore the areas where they had not been before and ended up inside Ram Mandir and Jagannath temple.
For anyone planning to visit the temples within Pasupathinath, below are some snapshots of the discoveries: