Pashupatinath temple is the most sacred temple of the Hindu located at the bank of Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is built in Nepalese pagoda style. This is considered the holiest place to visit by Hindu because Head of the lord Shiva the ultimate destroyer of the universe is located in the temple. It was included in the world heritage site by UNESCO in the year 1979. The area of Pashupatinath temple encompasses 264 hectors with more than 518 temples and monuments
The origin of the temple date backs to 400 BC. There are many legends available to confirm the origin of the temple. The important festivals in this temple are Maha Shiva Rarti, Teej, and Bala Chaturthi (1).
Interesting Facts About Pashupatinath Temple
1. Maha Shivaratri
This is the major festival in the Pashupatinath temple. More than seven lakhs people are expected to visit Pashupatinath temple in the single day. It is claimed that Lords Shiva appears in the mortal form to this day. A Huge gathering of the babas including the Aghori babas, which are notorious for cannibalism, can be seen during this festival. The Maha Shivaratri is celebrated by worshipping lord Shiva not to mention smoking marijuana cigarette and weed cake.
2. Height of the Pashupatinath
The height from the base to pinnacle is the measure to be 23 meters and 7 centimeters.
The western entrance is the main entrance of the Pashupatinath temple. Hindu, Buddhist, and Tibetan are allowed to enter inside the temple. Any leather clothing are not allowed inside the temple. Thought the Pashupatinath temple is open from 4 Am to 7 Pm the inner temple is only open from 5 Am to 12 pm and 5 pm to 7 pm every day.
4. Cremation Ground
Hindu cremates the dead body in the bank of the river by making Pyres. Behind the Pashupatinath temple, there is the cremation ground in which Hindu cremate the dead body. Anyone interested in cremation ritual of Hindu can visit the Pashupatinath temple. Hindu believed that the death in the Pashupatinath premise could be good for the afterlife.
The priests in the Pashupatinath temple are from India. This is the long tradition dating back to centuries. There is the strict requirement to be the priest of Pashupatinath temple. The most vital requirement is the priest should not have consumed meat during his entire life.
6. 2015 Earthquake
The massive earthquake that strikes in Nepal did not cause damage to Pashupatinath temple.
7. Sadhus of Pashupatinath
There are scents of sadhus in Pashupatinath temple residing permanently. Most of the sadhus in the Pashupatinath temple are from the neighbor country India.