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Pashupati Nath Road 44621, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Prachanda Deva

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5th century

About Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Sri Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, is one of the holy sites for Shiva Bhakts across the Globe. Temple is built on banks of Bagmati river which is stretched on both sides of Bagmati River. Bagmati River is considered a holy river for Hindus. The main pagoda-style temple has a gilded roof, four sides covered in silver, and exquisite wood carvings. The temple complex has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1979. In the temple complexes, we can witness many temple complexes, various types of Paintings, Inscriptions that have been raised over a period of time.


Pashupatinath Temple is one of the Holiest Places in Kathmandu. The exact date of construction is unknown by but it is believed it was built in 400 BC. The present construction which we see today has been done in 1692 CE. Temple has been mentioned in many holy scriptures. It is believed that those who die in Pashupatinath Temple are reborn as a human, regardless of any misconduct that could worsen their karma. Only Hindus are allowed to have the holy Darshan of Shivalinga. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the Temple Premises.

It is believed that Prabhu Shiva and Mata Parvati came to the banks of the Bagmati River and decided to stay here for some time. They were fascinated with the beauty of their surroundings and changed themselves to Deer to roam around the jungle and the surroundings of the jungle. Many Traces have been found in Kathmandu where Prabhu have visited during this time. After a while, the people and other Bhagwan began to search for Prabhu Shiva. Finally, after various complications, they found him in the forest, but Prabhu refused to leave. More complications ensued, but ultimately Prabhu Shiva announced that, since he had lived by the Bagmati river in a deer’s form, he would now be known as Pashupatinath, Prabhu of all animals.


The construction of the Temple has been not been cleared by anyone but it is believed to be constructed in 400 BC. But over time many temples complexes were built by various rulers. These include the Vaishnava temple complex with a Rama temple from the 14th century and the Guhyeshwari Temple mentioned in an 11th-century manuscript. The current complex has been built in 1692 CE.

It is said that the wish-fulfilling cow Kamadhenu took shelter in a cave on the Chandravan mountain. Every day Kamadhenu went down to the place where the lingam was sunken into the soil and poured her milk on top of the soil. After a few years, some people saw Kamadhenu pouring milk on that same spot every day, and started to wonder what that would be. So they removed the soil and found the beautiful shining lingam and started worshiping it.

Religious Significance

It is said that whoever came here would not be reborn as an animal. The exact day of their death is predicted by astrologers of the temple. If you are attracted to the places where the spirit of death can be felt, then consider Pashupatinath as your first destination. It is a temple with a special atmosphere of death; death is present in almost every ritual and every corner of it.

Architecture of Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

The Main temple has been built in Nepalese pagoda style. All the features of pagoda style are found here like cubic constructions, beautifully carved wooden rafters on which they rest. The two-level roofs are of copper with gold covering.

How to reach Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal?

By Train: One can take a train to Gorakhpur from then another train to the Sunauli border. And later, one can take a bus to reach Kathmandu. There are no direct train connections to Kathmandu.
By Air: The nearest airport to temple is Kathmandu Airport which is well connected with all major cities in India and all around the Globe.
By Bus: Uttar Pradesh State Road Corporation (UPSRTC) runs a direct bus to Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal Timings

  • 4:00 am: West gate opens for visitors.
  • 8:30 am: After the arrival of Pujaris, the idols of the Prabhu are bathed and cleaned, clothes and jewelry are changed for the day.
  • 9:30 am: Baal Bhog or breakfast is offered to the Prabhu.
  • 10:00 am: Then people who want to do Puja are welcomed to do so. It is also called Farmayishi Puja, whereby people tell the Pujari to carry out a special Puja for specific reasons. The Puja continues till 1:45 pm in the afternoon.
  • 1:50 pm: Lunch is offered to the Prabhu in the main Pashupatinath Temple.
  • 2:00 pm: Morning prayers end.
  • 5:15 pm: The evening aarti at the main Pashupatinath Temple begins.
  • 6:00 pm onward: In recent times the Bagmati Ganga Aarti that is done by the banks of the Bagmati has been gaining popularity. There are larger crowds attending on Saturdays, Mondays, and special occasions. Ganga Aarti along with Shiva’s Tandava Bhajan, written by Ravan, is carried out during the evening Ganga Aarti.
  • 7:00 pm: Doors close.

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