Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal

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Published on 03 August 2014 Hits: 1134

Pashupatinath Temple (Nepali: पशुपतिनाथ मन्दिर) is one of the most significantHindu temples of Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati Riverin the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The temple serves as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath. The temple is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

 

The temple is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams (Holy Abodes of Shiva) on the continent. Over the past times, only born Hindus were allowed to enter the temple. Others could look at it from other side of the river. However, the norms have been relaxed due to many incidents. If the individual is destined, he/she takes and completes the journey to reach these footsteps without any resistance or obstructions along the way, is believed to be under loving grace of Rudra.

It is final stage of harsh penance. Thus, the slave (pasu - the human condition) becomes the master (pati - the divine condition).Kotirudra Samhita, Chapter 11 on the Shivalingas of the North, in Shiva Puranamentions this Shivalinga as the bestower of all wishes. One of the major Festivals of the temple is Maha Shivaratri on which day over 700,000 devotees visit here