Pashupatinath Mandir Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Mandir Kathmandu


World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath Temple

The Pashupatinath Temple (Nepali: पशुपतिनाथ मन्दिर) is a popular and hallowed Hindu sanctuary complex that is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River, around 5 kilometers north-east of Kathmandu in the eastern piece of Kathmandu Valley, the capital of Nepal. The sanctuary fills in as the seat of Pashupatinath. This sanctuary complex was recorded on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites' rundown in 1979. This "broad Hindu sanctuary area" is a "rambling gathering of sanctuaries, ashrams, pictures and engravings raised throughout the hundreds of years along the banks of the consecrated Bagmati stream" and is incorporated as one of the seven landmark bunches in UNESCO's assignment of Kathmandu Valley as a social legacy site. One of the significant Festivals of the sanctuary is Maha Shivaratri on which day more than 1 million enthusiasts visit here.

The sanctuary is one of the 275 Tamil Paadal Petra Sthalams (Holy Abodes of Shiva) on the mainland. Kotirudra Samhita, Chapter 11 on the Shivalingas of the North, in Shiva Purana makes reference to this Shivalinga as the bestower all things considered


It is a famous sanctuary. The sanctuary was raised in the fifth century by Lichchavi King Prachanda Dev after the past structure was devoured by termites. After some time, a lot more sanctuaries have been raised around this two - storied sanctuary. These incorporate the Vaishnava sanctuary complex with a Rama sanctuary from the fourteenth century and the Guhyeshwari Temple referenced in an eleventh century original copy.

Legend encompassing the starting point of the sanctuary

Pashupatinath Temple is the most established Hindu sanctuary in Kathmandu. It isn't known for certain when Pashupatinath Temple was constructed. However, as per Nepal Mahatmaya and Himvatkhanda, the divinity here increased extraordinary distinction there as Pashupati, the Lord of all Pashus, which are living just as non-living creatures. Pashupatinath Temple's presence goes back to 400 B.C. The luxuriously ornamented pagoda houses the hallowed linga or blessed image of Lord Shiva. There are numerous legends portraying concerning how the sanctuary of Lord Aalok Pashupatinath came to presence here. Some of them are described beneath.

The Cow Legend

Legend says that Lord Shiva and Parvati once appeared as a pronghorn and donned obscure in the timberland on the Bagmati stream's east bank. The divine beings later made up for lost time with him and getting him by one of his horns, constrained him to continue his celestial structure. The messed up horn was revered as a Sivalinga however after some time it was covered and lost. Hundreds of years after the fact surprised herders discovered one of his dairy animals giving the earth milk. Burrowing profound at the site, he found the celestial linga of Pashupatinath.

The Lichchhavi Legend

As indicated by Gopalraj Aalok Vamsavali, the most seasoned ever annal in Nepal, this sanctuary was worked by Prachanda Deva, a Lichchhavi King, who as indicated by the stone engraving raised by Jayadeva 11 in the yard of Pashupatinath in 753 AD, happened to be the ruler 39 ages before Manadeva (464-505 AD).

The Devalaya Legend

Another narrative expresses that Pashupatinath Temple was as Linga molded Devalaya before Supuspa Deva built a five-story sanctuary of Pashupatinath in this spot. As the time passed, the requirement for fixing and redesigning this sanctuary emerged. It is found out that this sanctuary was remade by a medieval King named Shivadeva (1099-1126 AD). It was revamped by Ananta Malla adding a rooftop to it. A great many explorers from everywhere throughout the world come to pay tribute to this sanctuary, that is otherwise called 'The Temple of Living Beings'.

Different convictions

There are a few complex stories including the inceptions of Pashupatinath. One story goes, to sum things up, that Shiva and Parvati went to the Kathmandu Valley and rested by the Bagmati while on a voyage. Shiva was so dazzled by its magnificence and the encompassing woods that he and Parvati changed themselves into deer and strolled into the woodland. Numerous spots in the Kathmandu Valley have been recognized as spots where Shiva went during his time as a deer. Sooner or later, the general population and divine beings started to look for Shiva. At last, after different difficulties, they discovered him in the timberland, yet he would not leave. More complexities followed, in any case Lord Shiva reported that, since he had lived by the Bagmati stream in a deer's structure, he would now be known as Pashupatinath, Lord everything being equal. It is said that whoever came here and observed the lingam that showed up there would not be renewed as a creature.

Finding of Shiva Linga at Pashupatinath Temple

It is said that the desire satisfying dairy animals Kamadhenu took cover in a cavern on the Chandravan mountain. Regular Kamadhenu went down to the spot the lingam was indented into the dirt and poured her milk over the dirt. Following a couple of thousand years a few people saw Kamadhenu pouring milk on that equivalent recognize each day, and began to ponder what that would be. So they expelled the dirt and found the excellent sparkling lingam and began venerating it.

Sanctuary complex

The territory of Pashupatinath envelops 0.64 hectares of land including 518 sanctuaries and landmarks. Fundamental pagoda style sanctuary is situated in the invigorated yard inside the complex watched by Semi-Military Nepal Police and Military Force Nepal Army and has a police station alongside living quarter inside. Before the western entryway, there is an immense statue Nandi bull, in bronze. Alongside numerous sanctuaries and holy places of both Vaishnav and saiva convention.

Sanctuaries and Shrines in the internal yard

Vasuki Nath Temple

Unmatta Bhairava Temple

Surya Narayana Temple

Kirtimukha Bhairava place of worship

Budhanilakantha place of worship

Hanuman place of worship

184 Sivalinga place of worship

Sanctuaries and Shrines in the external complex

Smash mandir

Virat swaroop sanctuary

12 jyotirlingha and Pandra Shivalaya

Guhyeshwari Temple

Pashupati sanctuary environment

Primary sanctuary engineering

This primary sanctuary is worked in the Nepalese pagoda style of engineering. Every one of the highlights of pagoda style are found here like cubic developments, perfectly cut wooden rafters on which they rest (tundal). The two level rooftops are of copper with gold covering. The sanctuary dwells on a square base stage with a stature of 23m 7 cm from base to apex. It has four primary entryways, all secured with silver sheets. This sanctuary has a gold zenith (Gajur). Inside are two Garbhagrihas, external and inward. The internal garbhagriha or sanctum sanctorum is the place the icon is set and external sanctum is an open passageway like space.

The divinity

The sacro sanctum, or the principle icon is a stone Mukhalinga with a silver yoni base bound with the silver snake. The lingam is one meter high and has faces in four ways. These appearances speak to different parts of Shiva; Sadyojata (otherwise called Barun), Vamadeva (otherwise called Ardhanareshwara), Tatpurusha, Aghora and Ishana (creative). Confronting West, North, East, South and Zenith individually speaking to five essential components to be specific earth, water, air, light and ether. Each face has modest projecting hands holding rudraksha mala on right hand and a kamandalu on the other. Dissimilar to other Shiva lingams in India and Nepal this Pashupati Shiva lingam is constantly Dressed in its brilliant vastram with the exception of during abhisheka, so pouring milk and Ganga Jal is just conceivable during abhisheka through the principle clerics.


Raghavendra Bhat (right) and Girish Bhatt in customary 4-5 kg overwhelming Priestly attire of Pashupatinath Temple

The novel element of this sanctuary is that lone 4 ministers can contact the icon. Day by day ceremonies of Pashupatinath are done by two arrangements of ministers; one being the Bhatt clerics and other Bhandari. Bhatta or Bhatt are the person who plays out the every day custom and can contact the lingam, while Bhandaris are the aide and sanctuary overseer clerics who are not able to perform pooja ceremonies or to contact the divinity.

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