Pashupatinath, Nepal’s sacred Temple


Pashupatinath is one of the biggest Hindus temple in the world; it is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva. Shiva is the god of transformation or destruction and conforms to the Hindus’ belief in karma and reincarnation.The temple is also historically important as it’s existence dates back to 400 A.D.

Every year this temple attracts hundreds of elderly followers of Hinduism.  They arrive here to find shelter for the last several weeks of their lives, to meet death, be cremated on the banks of the river and travel their last journey with the waters of the sacred river Bagmati, which later meets the holy river Ganges.  It is believed that those who die in Pashupatinath Temple are reborn as a human, regardless of any misconduct that could worsen their karma.

The main temple of the can be accessed only by the Hindus. For people of all other religions, all the other parts of the building are open except the main temple.  Arya Ghat at Pashupatinath temple is of special importance as this Ghat is the only place near the temple whose water is considered sacred enough to be brought into the temple. Also, this Ghat is considered very auspicious, and hence the member of Nepal’s Royal family are cremated here.


Editor’s note: Original World travels to Nepal and Tibet, April 9-21, 2018.  Visit the Pashupatinath Temple in person. View details:



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