Pashupatinath Durshan

Pashupatinath Durshan

Tour Info

  • PND135
  • Easy
  • Tour Sight seen and Pilgrimage.
  • 1 Day
  • Nepal
  • 1400m
  • All Time
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu

Pashupatinath:

 

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is the holiest shrine in Nepal and one of the four important shrines for   Hindus all over the world. Believed to have been built in the 5th century and later renovated during the reign of the Malla kings, the site is believed to have existed from the beginning of the millennium when a Shiva lingam was discovered here   by cow   herders. This largest temple complex in Nepal sits on the banks of the holy Bagmati River.  The main   pagoda   temple   is two-storied with a golden pinnacle and has four silver doors and intricate wood carvings. There   are   temples and idols of several Hindu and Buddhist deities on the temple premises. Located   just   3 kilometers   from the   city   center, the Pashupatinath Temple premises is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is also a cremation site on the banks of  Bagmati River   where last rites of Hindus are performed. In the    evening, a    special aarti is    offered to Lord   Shiva amidst    chanting  of sacred mantras and performance of Tandava dance by young priests.

 

Pashupatinath Temple

 

Pashupatinath Temple is considered the most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal. The temple is located on the banks of Bagmati River, east of the Kathmandu Valley. 

 The main temple is a two-storied pagoda structure    with copper-plated roofs topped by a golden spire.    The temple is considered a masterpiece of Hindu architecture. It has four doors   covered   with silver sheets carved with images of different deities. The roofs are supported by artistic wooden struts, depicting activities of different deities.

 

The inner sanctum has a beautiful statue carved in a blackstone. The statue has five faces — four facing four directions and the   fifth one facing the sky.    The five faces have    distinct    names —   Ishan,  Tatpurush, Aghor, Sadhyojaat and Bamdev — and they represent five elements: sky, air, fire, water, earth. 

 

Everyday, priests perform a special worship on the main shrine. The statute is given a holy bath with the sacred waters of the Bagmati River amid chanting of sacred verses by the priests. The holy water flows through a small canal into the Bagmati River. Devotees take this sacred water as Panchamrit. The offering of    milk, yoghurt, ghee and honey, among others, is made to the Lord during the bath. After the  bath, the main   shrine is    adorned    with    magnificent    silver ornaments. 

 

There are four entrances to the main temple. However, the popular one is the western gate where a huge bronze statue of Nandi — the Bull guard the deity. Pilgrims first circumambulate the main temple clockwise   before staying in queue to    offer their worships to the main deity in the inner sanctum. Please note  that no    one is    allowed to touch the main shrine. Only the Bhattas, or the main priests  who hail    from    South    India, can touch and offer worship to the main deity.

 

There are temple of     numerous    deities like    Nagraj Basuki,     Laal Ganesh, Budhanilkantha — the Sleeping Vishnu, Santaneshwar Mahadev, Kirtimukh Bhairav, Unmatta Bhairav and Navagraha, among others,    at the    temple   premises. THere is a viewing deck in the eastern side of the temple from where pilgrims can observe activities           on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. There is a even an open-air cremation spot. 

 

The visit to Pashupatinath temple is often done together with the visit to the Guheshwari Temple. Guheshwari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Satidevi the consort of Lord Shiva.    It is one    of the most powerful deities in the Kathmandu Valley. Tantric rituals are performed on the goddess by the priests.  

 

 

Evening Aarti:

 

One of the mesmerizing rituals at Pashupatinath Temple is the evening   Aarti. The    Aarati is    performed across the Bagmati River on a stone   platform    erected centuries ago. Three   priests perform the   Aarati by taking oil lamps, incense sticks, flowers, Akshatas etc turn by turn,    moving them in    circular motion,   dedicating their act   to the Lord. Devotees    perform Bhajans,    creating a blissful spiritual experience.  

Hundreds of pilgrims gather everyday to participate in the Aarati. You can even be a Karta, or the organizer, by paying a certain fee that is used to keep the tradition going. 

The Aarti concludes with the performance of the sacred Shiva Tandav Stotram by the musical troupe. All the pilgrims clap their hands and dance to the tune of Tandava verses. Tandav is a  divine    dance performed   to Lord Shiva by his biggest follower Ravana.

    Price Includes

  • Airport Pick UP and Drop Off.
  • Hotel in Twin Sharing Basis.
  • Lunch and Dinner With Break Fast.
  • Private Car/Jeep .
  • Government Taxes And Entrance Fees.
  • Experience Tour Guide.

    Price Not Includes

  • purely Natural Personal Expenses.
  • Bar and Beverage.
  • International Air Fare.
  • Travel Health Insurance.
  • Laundry .
  • Tipping/ Tips ( Expected )

 

  Highlights

  • UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site.
  • Holy places for Hindu.
  • Pagoda style temple has a gilded roof.
  • All Four sides covered in silver and wood carvings.
  • One of the most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva.
  • In Maha Shivaratri thousands of devotees from within Nepal and from India.

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