Of the many incarnations Shiva has in the pantheon of gods, Pashupati is a peaceful one, being the lord of the beasts, a shepherd of both animals and humans. Thus, it is generally considered that Pashupati shows the Shiva’s most pleasant and creative side.
Pashupathi is considered to have a special concern for Nepal and, accordingly, he features in all official messages form the king, before commencing an important journey, the king will always pay a visit to Pashupatinath to seek the god’s blessing,
Favorite thing: A cremation ceremony can take some time, but I think it a memorable experience if you have the stomach - everything starts with a ritual bath (seems the dead are entitled to it as well, not only the living), then moving the body to the designated cremation ghat. A little ceremony of farewell from the family with the body on top of the log fires, and finally the fire lit. a few hours later, ashes thrown in the holy river, the soul of the dead is ready for, hopefully, another happy reincarnation. And there are no less than 1000 incarnations….
The cremation platforms (aka ghats) immediately in front of the Pashupati Temple, north of the footbridges, are for the cremation of royalties, though you’ll often see ritual bathing taking place in here.
Cremation of non-royalty takes place on the 6 ghats south to the footbridges.