Pashupatinath Temple Nepal: Biggest Temple Lord Shiva World


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God Pashupatinath (God of Animals) is the guardian deity of Nepal. The temple of Pashupatinath is the holiest and the oldest shrine of Lord Shiva. It is situated on the eastern bank of the holy river Bagmati, about three miles northeast of the Kathmandu city. It is a double-roofed pagoda with gold-coated brass. The main gate, including three other gates, is made of silver. The world famous Lingum (a phallus) of Pashupatinath is located in the temple. The big gilded figure of Nandi (a bull), the vehicle of Lord Shiva, is in front of the main gate of the temple. It is seated on a stone pedestal flanked by the golden trident. The pagoda-styled temple with golden roofs and silver doors is famous throughout the world. Pashupati is one of many names by which Lord Shiva is addressed. He is also known as Maheshwor, Mahadev, Rudra, Bholenath, etc.

Pashupatinath Temple Nepal: Biggest Temple Lord Shiva World

Pashupatinath is considered as the god of gods. The importance and position of Pashupatinath in the Hindu religion has been described in all ancient scriptures. He is worshipped as the symbol of unity by  all Hindus of the world. The very name of Pashupatinath is the symbol of culmination (union) of all sects like Vaishnava, Shiva and Shakti. This post is dedicated to Pashupatinath temple Nepal, the biggest temple of lord shiva in world. Pashupatinath temple of Nepal is one of  the biggest Hindu temple of Lord Shiva in the world. It is situated in the Kathmandu Valley on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Pashupatinath temple Nepal is considered one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations for all Hindus of the world. The temple served as the seat of national deity, Lord Pashupatinath, until Nepal was secularized. The Pashupatinath temple Nepal is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

The biggest temple of Lord Shiva in the world is located in capital of Nepal. The temple of lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with a tiered golden roof & silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Sadhus (holymen) from many different countries especially from India, visit the temple to pay homage to Lord Shiva. There are Ghats on the banks of the Bagmati River. Hindu believes that dying and being cremated in Pashupatinath and having one’s ashes scattered in Bagmati River will give a Hindu salvation and release from the cycles of birth and rebirth. Have a peek of Hindus life, death and tradition by visiting this holy ground. These are rectangular stone platforms used for cremation of dead bodies while the square ones are for ritual baths. It is one of the largest Hindu temple complexes in South Asia with hundreds of Shiva lingams, shrines icons of various Hindu gods and goddess inside.

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Pashupatinath temple Nepal is the biggest temple Lord Shiva in the world.Pashupatinath is the holiest temple in the entire Hindu world. It is also renowned for its wooden and erotic carvings on the struts. The sculptured-figures of the river goddesses Ganga and Yamuna in the Pashupatinath temple are the symbols of sacredness. Pashupatinath is the holiest destination for all the Hindu pilgrims of the world. There are five Lingum images of Shiva, which is collectively called ‘Panchmukhi’. There are statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex.

This Pashupatinath temple Nepal site occupies an area of about 281 hectares. The main entrance of this Pashupatinath temple Nepal is in the western side facing a small street of Deopatan market. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of the Bagmati river, as entrance into the temple is strictly forbidden to all non-Hindus. In the middle of spring (Feb.-March) every year, the festival called Shivaratri is celebrated. The word Shivaratri means the holy night of Lord Shiva. On this day many devotees visit Pashupatinath temple to burn the ceremonial fire. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds. The best view is from the terrace on the wooded hill across the river. The large gilded triple-roofed temple was built in 1696 AD though 300 years earlier there was a structure on this site. The Bagmati River is lined with Dharmasalas and cremation Ghats including a royal Ghat reserved exclusively for members of the royal family. There is usually a cremation in progress on one of the platforms by the river, regarded as holy as it flows into the sacred Ganges. There are many occasions when the faithful take ritual purificatory baths in the river. One of the most colorful is the women’s festival of Teej when dressed in their finest red and gold saris hundreds of women, laughing and singing converge on Pashupatinath temple Nepal.

Most of the devotees spend the night offering prayers to Shiva. This festival attracts tens of thousand of pilgrims from India, besides the locals. Historically, from the pre-Christian era this temple seems to have its origin way back to the early Kirat period. Stone sculptures found in the vicinity support the antiquity of this place.

The richly- ornamented pagoda, houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva.

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Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 A.D, but a shrine may have stood here nearly 1000 years before that. Legend says that Shiva once took the form of an antelope and sported unknown in the forest on Bagmati river’s east bank. The gods later caught up with him, and grabbing him by the horn, forced him to resume his divine form. The broken horn was worshiped as a linga and overtime was buried and lost. Centuries later an astonished herdsmen found one of his cows showering the earth with milk. Digging deep at the site, he discovered the divine linga of Pashupatinath. The Pashupatinath temple Nepal has been renovated and improved over the centuries. Across the river, one can also visit the temple of Guhyeshwori and a classic 6th century ekmukhi “one-faced” linga of Shiva.

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