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Pashupatinath(Lord Shiva) Temple-One Part of Kedarnath Jyotirlinga- Kathmandu-Nepal

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the major Hindu Temple in a Nepal. Pashupatinath Temple is known as Heart of  Nepal and very oldest and bigest temple of Nepal .Pashupathinath is the guardian spirit and the holiest of all Shiva shrines in Nepal. Pashupatinath Temple is One Part of the between one of Dwadash Jyotirlinga of Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple.Here is Some details about Pashupatinath(Lord Shiva) Temple in a Kathmandu Nepal.

Location: Bank of sacred bagmati river, Kathmandu
Built in: 5th Century
Built By: King Mandev
Dedicated to: Lord Shiva
Photography: Not Allow (Inside)
Visiting Timing: 1 Hour
Best time to Visit:Oct to March(Shivratri)
Significance: One Part o Kedarnath Jyotirlinga
Temple Time : Temple Premises: 4:00 Am- 7:00 Pm
Jyotirlingas: 5:00 Am - 12:00 Pm, 5:00 Pm - 7:00 am
Phone : +977 – 9803021519
Near Railway Station: Bhikhna Thori Rail Way Station-93 KM
Near Airport: Gorakhpur Airport-242 KM

More Information about  Pashupatinath  Temple


Pashupatinath temple is the biggest and most visited temple of lord shiva in the world.The temple is located about 5 kms north-east of Kathmandu situated  at the banks of bagmati river at the middle of the kathmandu valley.The temple was built in around 4th century and  built by king Mandev. The fist lichavi king of nepal who was big shiva bhakta.The temple is true to Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath Jyotirlinga is known as half jyotirlinga because half part is belive Kedarnath Jyotirlinga .Pashupatinath Temple employs a pagoda architecture declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO .Pashu means leaving beings, and Pati means master.  In other words Pashupati is the master of the all living beings of the universe. The puja at temple is carried out normally even in critical state in nepal. Nepalese people believe pashupatinath as national god of nepal. The temple in Pagoda style has gold gilted two level  roof and richly carved silver doors which are famous for the superb planning . 

The temple is popular for a three feet high lingam called Chaturmukha (four faces). The faces look towards four exotic directions - east, west, north, and south. Each face replace different realization of Shiva, such as Sadjyota, Vamdeva, Tatpurusha, and Aghor.Thousands of the devotees from within and outside the country come to pay homage to Pashupatinath every day. And on special occasions like Ekadasi, Sankranti, Mahashivratri, Teej Akshaya, Rakshabandhan, Grahana (eclipse), Poornima (Full moon day) people collect here in far greater number. The main festival of pashupatinath temple is Shivaratri which is celebrated every year with huge excitement and gala.

There are many monkeys in the temple, so make sure you are not carrying plastic bags, fruits or other offerings openly. There is a place to leave your footwear. There is an arti on the backside of the temple facing the river and the back of the temple.This temple was connected to the Lingayat movement of the Baseveshwara in Karnataka and the cleric who perform the services at this temple speaks Kannada.The main temple houses the sacred "linga" (or phallus) of Lord Shiva, the runner. Sections of the temple complex have been restore and rebuilt after earthquakes, and there have been hundreds of te expansion over the centennial .Photography or any bag is not allowed inside temple premises. There are lockers available for the bags and shoes. 

Last year in Pashupatinath Temple here had survived the massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that flattened several World Heritages like iconic Dharhara tower and Darbar Square in Nepal, but this temple is very safe so exampe of live god in this temple.Really Pashupatinath temple is the olddest ,biggest ,richest and most famous temple in kathmandhu.

Pashupatinath Temple History 


Pashupatinath Temple, with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath Temple's existence dates back to 400 A.D.Pashupati was a tutelary deity of the ancient rulers of the Kathmandu Valley; in 605 AD, Amshuvarman considered himself favored by his touching of the god's feet.By the later Middle Ages, many imitations of the temple had been built, such as in Bhaktapur (1480), Lalitpur (1566) and Benares (early 19th century). The original temple was destroyed several times until it was given its present form under King Bhupalendra Malla in 1697.

According to a legend recorded in local texts, especially the Nepalamahatmya and the Himavatkhanda, the Hindu god Shiva once fled from the other gods in Varanasi to Mrigasthali, the forest on the opposite bank of the Bagmati River from the temple. There, in the form of a gazelle, he slept with his consort Parvati. When the gods discovered him there and tried to bring him back to Varanasi, he leapt across the river to the opposite bank, where one of his horns broke into four pieces. After this, Shiva became manifest as Pashupati (Lord of Animals) in a four-face (chaturmukha) linga.

Pashupatinath Temple Architecture  



Pashupatinath Temple employs a pagoda architecture. The roofs of the temple are made with copper and painted with gold.The Pashupatinath temple is pagoda style with three storey building. Three storey building is made up of gold roof along with various wooden art and architecture of various god and goddess. At very top of temple there is Gold trishul ,Damaru and Gajur(crown).The very big bull (vehicle of shiva) is situated in front of west face.The western door has a statue of a large Bull, Nandi, is ornamented in gold. This black stone idol, about 6 ft in height and circumference, adds to the beauty and charisma of the temple. The pashupatinath temple have four entrance gate. All four entrance is made of silver. Inside temple premises there are many God  (Protector of shiva). As well as outside temple also there are many temples dedicated to different god/goddess who have directly and indirectly relationship to lord pashupatinath. The main attraction of this temple is the shining Shivalinga and the huge golden statue of Shiva’s Bull, Nandi. From the Eastern bank of the river the main temple can be seen in its whole beauty. The majority of these buildings are small single storey constructions made from stone. From the outside these buildings are reminding crypts, but in reality these are sacral buildings, created for holding the symbol of the deity Shiva - lingam (erect phallus). Lingams can be found all over the complex.The present architectural nature of Pashupatinath temple came into existence as a result of renovation by Queen Gangadevi during the reign of Shivasimha Malla.

Most Important see at  Pashupatinath Temple 


Gold-painted images of guardian deities
Chaturmukha (four-faced statue)
Chadeshvar, an inscribed Licchavi linga from the 7th century
Brahma Temple
Dharmashila, a stone where sacred oaths are taken
Arya Ghat
Gauri Ghat (holy bath)
Pandra Shivalaya (15 shrines)
Gorakhnath and Vishwarup Temples
Guhyeshwari (Guhjeshwari) Temple
Kirateshwar Mahadeva Mandir and Surya Ghat

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Nearest Hotels and Restaurants of   Pashupathinath Temple

 Hotel Narayana-0.1 km
Gaushala Tilganga, Kathmandu

Hotel Mansarover-0.3 Km
Pashupatinath Road Mitrapark

Pashupatinath Road Mitrapark
Jay Bageshwori, Pashupati,
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Phone: +977 1447 3790

Mahadev Hotel-0.5 Km
Bagdurbar, Pokharaline

Palagya Hotel-0.5 Km
Near Tribhuvan International Airport,

The Amadablam Hotel-0.6 Km

Hotel Pashupati Plaza-0.6 Km
Gpo box 11502, Gaushala

Hotel Travel Inn-0.6 Km
Gaushala 9,Kathmandu

Hotel Shraddha Palace-0.7 Km
Gaushala Chowk,Kathmandu

The Dwarika's Hotel-0.8

Mirage Lords Inn Kathmandu-1.0 km
310 Battis putali Road

How To Reach  Pashupathinath Temple Kathmandu


There are many public and private vehicals available to rech Pashupahinath Temple Kathmandu.  There is a regular bus service to and from this place. One can always  stop by the place while coming from or going to Boudhanath, which is more than half day's affair from Kathmandu. One can always  walk down to Boudhanath as it just half an hour walk from here and vice-a-versa. It takes approximately 45 minutes to reach Goshala, the stop for Pashupatinath. Battery-work Safaa tempos depart from near the Ratna Park office in Kathmandu and drops the believer at Ring Road, west of Pashupatinath. Thereafter, a tempo going to Chabahil or Bodhnath can be hired.

By Rail: The Near Railway station is  Bhikhna Thori Rail Way Station  93 KM from Pashupatinath Temple Kathmandu Nepal.

By Air : The Nearest Airport is Gorakhpur Airport 242 Km from Pashupatinath Temple Kathmandu Nepal.

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