Shiva walks Pashupathinath (04 Days; # 397)
Kathmandu is the largest and most populous city in Nepal, as well as the heart and soul of tourism, the economy and cultural heritage in the country. It lies in the stunning Kathmandu Valley, along with its sister cities of Patan and Bhadgaon, where visitors enjoy a mountain life, religious tradition and big city buzz. Kathmandu is also a centre for both Buddhist and Hindu traditions and it is a city steeped in spirituality, with temples, shrines and altars seemingly everywhere you look, but the Nepalese capital is by no means stuck in the past. In now a days, the city is emerging as a modern, dynamic and cosmopolitan metropolis, offering all the amenities and luxuries of contemporary living without losing its sense of self and historical roots. Kathmandu also serves as either a starting or finishing point for many trekkers and explorers of the Himalayas and few mountaineers don’t at least pass through it.
Pashupati is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for Shiva devotees. The Pashupatinath temple is the largest Hindu temple and is considered to be the holiest of all Hindu Temples. This is a two-tiered golden temple with four silver doorways, hundreds of Shiva linga’s shrines and holy symbols. It is located on the holy river Bagmati, 6 km east of Kathmandu. Non-Hindus are not allowed into this temple. It is believed that this temple was built long before the Christian era begin. The Pashupati Temple was built in the fifth century and later renovated by Malla kings, It’s original beauty still remains with the beautifully sculpted stone sculptures found here. Thousands of Hindus come each year on Shivaratri.
Doleshwar Mahadev Temple
Bhaktapur, Nepal is home to a temple with a very interesting connection to the Mahabharata Period. Known as Doleshwar Mahadev, this abode of Lord Shiva is located at Jangam math in Sipadol Village, near Bhaktapur. For the last 4,000 years, devotees have been searching for the missing head of Lord Kedarnath, who assumed the form of a bull in a pastime with the five Pandava brothers. In recent years it was determined by temple priests that the deity at Doleshwar was indeed the missing head of Kedarnath Bull.