Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath is a Hindu temple stands in the center of the town of Deopatan, in the middle of an open courtyard on the banks of the Baghmati River, the village is 4 km far away from Kathmandu in northwest. It is devoted to a demonstration of Shiva (Lord of Animals) called Pashupati. It is not known for certain when Pashupathinath was founded. Convention says it was built by Pashuprekkesha of the Somadev Empire in the 4th century BC, but the first historical records date from the 14th century.

It is a square, two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth, and it stands 24.6 meters above the ground. Splendidly decorated gilt and silver-plated doors are on all sides. The ascetic Pashupata sect was likely associated to its foundation. Each year thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit Pashupati temple with their wishes. it has turned into well known far beyond the Kathmandu Valley. The temple is banned to non-Hindus, but a good view of the temple can be had from the opposite bank of the Baghmati River.