Pashupatinath Temple

Tel: (977) 1447-0340

Address: Pashupati Nath Road 44621, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

To many people’s knowledge, Nepal is a Hindu country with a long history. The oldest Hindu Temple in this country is the Pashupatinath Temple. This huge temple is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. It is one of the four largest temples devoted to the worship of Lord Shiva, attracting countless Hindus every year. The temple is especially crowded with Hindus during Maha Shivaratri, a Hindu festival celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva in either February or March every year.

Pashupatinath Temple is also known as “temple for body burning” in Chinese. It is because the temple also serves as Nepal’s largest cremation field, where many Nepalis were cremated. It also houses more than five hundred temples and is surrounded by sadhus and vendors selling religious products. Inside the temple, there is a black lingam of Shiva, whilst at the west entrance is a huge gold statue of Nandi, Shiva’s guardian. It is usually depicted as a bull.