With the holy Bagmati River that flows through this ancient town of temples and shrines, Pashupatinath temple is clearly visible as the grandest entity. Known to be the most scared of Hindu shrines in the world, pilgrims from all over the world flock to this destination and it stands a Monumental zone of the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage site.
The temple serves as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath and the complex is on UNESCO World Heritage Site’s list. Together with Gujeshwari, this temple occupies a huge complex that is full of temples and holy sites. The temple is banned to non-Hindus; however a decent view of the sanctuary can be had from the opposite bank of the Bagmati River.
Hinduism expounds that a mortal body encounters five deadly sins while on earth and only the act of pilgrimage to Pashupatinath and other four deities (Muktinath, Kedarnath, Badrinath and Amarnath) will permit complete atonement from all of one’s sins. Being the most important temple of the valley, it is a daily ritual for all devout Hindus of Kathmandu to worship at the shrines of Pashupatinath. For a Hindu, cremation at Pashupatinath means direct passage to heaven. Devotees can be seen in the act of worship from early hours, even before the break of dawn, till late in the evening.
The biggest festival that takes place here is Maha Shivaratri, in which Lord Shiva’s birthday is celebrated and falls somewhere between February and March. Besides local devotees, pilgrims from all over India come here to celebrate the occasion.