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Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple

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Pashupati Nath Road 44621, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
+977 1-4256909
http://pashupatinathtemple.org/
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The Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu rests on the banks of the Bagmati River. Dedicated to the manifestation of Shiva called Pashupati, thousands visit each year, making it well known outside the ... Read more
Kathmandu region. The temple is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, meaning that, as a culture, it is viewed as socially significant. While non-Hindus are not allowed in the direct vicinity, there is the opportunity to view the religious festivals, or watch families cremate their dead or pay their respects. It can be a very moving and informative trip for anyone interested in religion and culture. Photography is allowed if discretion and respect are used.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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An incredible site that acts as Nepal's sacred burial area (similar to Varanasi in India.) It is incredibly important as it is the seat of Nepal's national deity Lord Pashupatinath. You'll likely see holy men as well as burial ceremonies.

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London, UK

One of the most sacred Hindu temples in Nepal, located on the banks of the Bagmati river. The site is approximately 5km northeast of Kathmandu, so share a taxi with other tourists and marvels the classic Hindi architecture. It's worth seeing if any festivals are going to be on during your visit.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

One of my most memorable moments in Nepal happened at Pashupatinath Temple. This Hindu temple hosts nighttime celebrations with dancing, rituals, singing, and chatting. Hindus believe in reincarnation and cremation, so there is a chance you will get to witness some of these ancient rituals.

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Bangkok, Thailand

If watching faithful Hindus burn their dead on a riverbank doesn't sound relaxing, then you haven't seen it! If this is too much to stomach, a traipse through the sprawling temple and a chat with a local person might be more your taste.

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Brighton and Hove, UK

Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is on the banks of the Bagmati River and located in Eastern Kathmandu. Although only Hindus can enter the main complex, there is much going on around the temple and it's a fascinating area to visit. Throngs of pilgrims head towards the temple after receiving a blessing from colorfully-attired holy men. Cremations take place at the river side and it can be a bizarre and moving experience. As we watched a cremation, a man dressed as the monkey god, Hanuman, crept up behind us and asked if we wanted to take a photograph of him while wailing relations of the deceased walked back and forth on the bridge. On the other side of the river is an area where sadhus (ascetic holy men who have forsaken materialism) take shelter in shrines. It has a similar vibe to Varanasi in India, but on a smaller scale.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

A fascinating temple complex where pilgrims come to worship and families bring their dead to be cremated on the banks of the sacred river. Among other things, you'll find colorful sadhus here. A place that forces you to examine life and death and your belief systems.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

It's the most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal. The royal family's funeral was held here as well. It's a vast temple with high energy. You'll see many funerals you're there. It's surreal and raw. I enjoyed seeing different parts of hindu's lives in this temple. Meeting holy men and women is also a good experience.

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San Jose

A great place to learn about Hindu customs and funeral rituals. The main temple is restricted to Hindus only but the rest of the sprawling complex is open to anyone.

The upper river banks are for high caste cremations, and the lower banks are for low castes.

While you are able to witness the ceremonial conflagrations up close, I personally advise showing some respect for the dead and refraining from taking photos.

The entry fee is a bit steep compared to other sites around the city (1000 NPR) and you will be hounded by guides but worth it if you are interested to see and learn how other cultures bid farewell to their loved ones.

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Jakarta, Indonesia

I got a mixed feeling when I visited this temple Which are visited by the Hindu for prayer and also for cremation. When I went there, there were three cremation happpened at the same time.

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Stuttgart, Germany

a must in Kathmandu also a nice walk from Thamel, ther are many temples to see in a beautiful park full of monkeys (they don't like orange rainjakets)

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Sydney, Australia
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The largest Shiva temple in the world (and a UNESCO world heritage site), the Pashupatinath Temple in the east of Kathmandu is closed to non-Hindu visitors, but still well worth a visit just to sit on the steps on the opposite bank of the Bagmati river and soak in the atmosphere. It's one of Kathmandu's major cremation sites, and respectfully viewing the funeral rituals happening here is one of the most sober and meditative experiences that the country offers. If you're into taking pictures of sadhus (ash-matted ascetics, frequently dreadlocked and mostly naked), this is probably the best place in Nepal to do it.

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Local from Kathmandu, Nepal

It is in east kathmandu about 20 mins ride by car from thamel. When we got down from the taxi, a group of people flocked us and tried to show that they were helping us. They were in fact diverting our attention because in all this our mobile phones were stolen from our bags. A priest then tried to say that he would take us inside bypassing the crowd for nrs 500 per person!!!. The place is quite unclean and smelly. UNESCO and local govt should do take steps to improve it and make it safe

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Brisbane, Australia

Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva the Destroyer. One of the holiest Hindu temples in Nepal, and the location where Hindu's in Nepal are cremated. The cremation ceremonies are done open to the public, which is fascinating to watch, but also makes one feel a bit uncomfortable in terms of cultural voyeurism. The temples themselves are nice. I highly recommend hiring a local guide to describe some of the history, as the buildings themselves have little to no description.

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Chichester, West Sussex

The most amazing Spiritual place you can go to ! As soon as you approach the area ,especially during festivals like Shivaratri , you feel the power coming from the Temples . Fantastic place for Photos and video footage . You have to pay a small entrance fee , but it is well worth it . Getting to meet a Saddhu is very special . Watch out for the monkeys if you have a plastic bag with you . Allow plenty of time , there is so much to see and make sure you see all of it . . Brilliant !!!!

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Washington, D.C.

Once again, Matthew Crompton is 1st to review this spiritual amazing place and I have no words other than GO! Traditional Hindu sights, sounds, and experiences that you have my promise will leave an indelible mark and last forever. And I'm not just talking about the cremations. Though note, If you're a non-Hindu you won't be able to enter the main hall, so you won't be getting a detailed (or too detailed, as case may be) eyeful anyway. They're done in such a spiritual and respectful manner, however foreign a concept it may be to you as it was to me. It is an honor for Hindus to be cremated in such an open and public place...

As a side note, that in preparing for your own personal journey of Nepal if you would, like I did, prefer a personal multilingual Nepali guide (speaks fluent English and French in addition to local languages) who's a good guy, university-educated and kind beyond words, inquire within! He's on Facebook and my friend forever...

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Foster City, California, USA

Hindu Temple located in east Kathmandu

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the magic atmosphere...

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Gurgaon, Haryana

Get There n U will Kno...;P

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Local from Kathmandu, Nepal

साऊन महिना को सोमवार पशुपति नाथ को दर्शन गरी
पुण्य कमाओ ।।।।
जय भोलेनाथ !!!!

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Kathmandu Nepal

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Aliases: Shree Pashupatinath Temple, Pashupati Nath

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