Pashupatinath Temple

Situated 5 km east of Kathmandu, the temple of Lord Shiva is considered one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. The two-tiered pagoda with golden roofs and silver doors houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple existed before 400 A.D built by King Supushpa Verma during Lichhavi period. But the present temple was built by Bhupalendra Malla in 1697 A.D. It is believed that Hindu pilgrimage to four Dham in India becomes meaningful only after a final darshan of Pashupatinath. Behind the temple on the banks of Bagmati is a crematorium for Hindus.

Near the Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati River lies Guheswari, where, according to mythology, a portion of Sati Devi, Lord Shiva’s consort, fell when a grief-stricken Shiva wandered aimlessly across the earth carrying her dead body on his shoulders following her self-immolation.

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