In UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, Nepal’s Pashupatinath temple is listed. This marks the temple’s solid establishment in the ancient period plus it strong tradition and culture that is closely bonded by its strict following without any change from the ancient days.
In Nepal, Pashupatinath temple is located in the eastern part of the capital city of Kathmandu. In the world, Pashupatinath temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples that are dedicated to Lord Shiva.
It is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River. The main deity of this shrine is Lord Shiva. Shivaratri, Teej and Balachaturdasi are the important festivals of this temple. The architectural styles of Pagoda are reflected in the temple’s architecture and culture.
At present all the devotees, pilgrims and tourists are wholeheartedly invited into the temple for worship, prayers, rituals and homams. Earlier, only Hindu devotees can visit this temple for prayers, rituals, homams and worship. It is strictly followed in the past. It is to be noted that non-Hindus were allowed to look at the temple from other side of the river only.
At present there is some relaxation in the norms plus rules and regulations. The Pashupatinath temple served as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath. It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams (Holy Abodes of Shiva on the continent).
Among the temples of Lord Shiva (Pashupati), it is regarded as one of the sacred and holy temple in the world. The temple premises have a Ram temple and Guhyeshwari temple. The main priest of the temple is called Mool Bhatt or Raval and the other priest are called as Bhattas.
Maha Shivaratri witnesses a large number of devotees and pilgrims to this temple. It is to be noted that the temple’s existence dates back to 400 A.D. it houses the holy linga. It is to be highly noted that the previous building structure had been largely consumed by termites then it was rebuilt in the 17th century at the same place by King Bhupendra Malla.