Pashupatinath Temple is Nepal’s most significant Hindu Temple in Kathmandu. It is considered to be the oldest and the holiest temple of Lord Shiva. Every day, many followers of Hinduism visit Pashupatinath Temple. It is an important pilgrimage destination in Asia for devotees of Lord Shiva - the third god in the Hindu triumvirate. The two storied temple is dedicated to Lord Pashupati (Lord of Animals), who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath Mandir and its complex are also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
Pashupati site has hundreds of temples and thousands of idols of various gods and goddesses such as Basukinath Temple, Hanuman Shrine, Bhairav Temple, Ganesh Temple etc. These temples and other images, inscriptions and ashrams have been built over the years along the holy Bagmati River. Bagmati River is said to be a sacred place for cremation and people believe that having a bath in this holy river can get rid one of their sins.
One of the major festivals of the temple is Maha Shivaratri on which day over 800,000 devotees visit here. Experiencing the daily Ganga Aarti is another popular activity which can be observed in Pashupatinath Mandir.
Nearby Pashupatinath Temple is Guheshwori Temple. Guheshwori Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva’s consort, Sati Devi. It is one of the Shakti Peethas among 108 Shakti Peetha.
It is said that when goddess Sati died, Shiva carried her body and travelled the universe. Along the way, one of the body parts fell in this place. The sacred place is now considered as Guheshwori Temple. On the way to Guheshwori, you can also see Mirgasthali, the place where Shiva and Parvati took the form of deer.
According to Hinduism beliefs, Char Dham Yatra will be fulfilled only after visiting Shree Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.