Pashupatinath Temple is a famous Hindu temple located on the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus worldwide.
The temple’s origins date back to the 5th century, although the current structure was built in the 15th century by the Malla dynasty. The temple is built in the pagoda style, with gilded roof, doors and wood carvings. The main shrine of the temple houses a linga (a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva), which is considered to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (a devotional object representing Lord Shiva) in India.
The temple complex is spread over a large area and includes many other smaller temples, shrines, and ashrams. The complex is also home to many sadhus (holy men) who have renounced worldly pleasures to dedicate their lives to Lord Shiva.
Pashupatinath Temple is not only a place of worship but also an important cultural and social hub for the Nepalese people. The temple attracts thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India during festivals such as Maha Shivaratri, Teej, and Bala Chaturdashi.
The temple was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, and its significance has only grown over time. Despite the earthquake in 2015 that damaged some parts of the temple, it still remains a popular destination for spiritual seekers and tourists alike.