One of the most sacred temples of Lord Shiva around the world, with its astounding beauty, stands a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition – The Pashupatinath temple. Tradition says it was constructed by Pashupreksha of the Somadeva Dynasty in the 3rd century B.C.; however there have been many legends in Indian mythology describing as to how the temple of Lord Pashupatinath came into existence. The present temple is the subtle work of architecture with its gold-plated roof, bejeweled doors, floral motifs and woodcarvings of the finest quality. The Pashupatinath temple is listed in UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites.
Standing about 24 meters above the ground, in the middle of an open courtyard, on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, the Pashupatinath temple is a square, two-tiered structure called a pagoda. On both sides of the richly ornamented, silver plated doors adorning each side, are niches containing gold-painted images of the guardian deities. In the central sanctum of the temple, is a 3 feet high, four faced Shivlinga with images of Vishnu, Surya, Devi and Ganesha. Outside sits the largest statue of Nandi the bull, the vehicle of Shiva.
Several festivals associated with ancient Indian culture are celebrated at the Pashupatinath temple. On auspicious occasions like HaribodhaniEkadashi, Balachaturdashi, Sankranti, Mahashivratri, TeejAkshaya, Rakshabandhan, Grahana (eclipse), Poornima (Full moon day) the temple takes on a festive atmosphere with thousands of devotees from different parts of Nepal and India visiting to pay homage to Lord Shiva.
A 45 minutes bus journey from Kathmandu and one is at the most sacred adobe of Lord Shiva.