Pashupatinath Travel Guide
Sunset over Pashupatinath
Again as in other sacred cities of Nepal, the omnipresent Sadhus, some of then holy, some of them friendly, some of them fake (asking for money) a different perspective of life.
Swiming in the Bagmati.
The Bagmati river is a Holy river so is very common to see ritual bathing taking place in it. But most of the time the swimmers are just young children having fun.
As in other temples in Nepal, monkeys (rehesus macaque monkeys) wander freely around the viewpoint, the Gaths and the temples.
Crossing the river and in front of the main entrance of the Vishnu temple is located the Panch Deval, a complex of five shrines, decorated with golden domes.
This gath located below the Shiva temple (with stairs connecting it) was built during the reign of Pramata Malla and is reserved for the cremation of the Nepalese royalti.
Cremation Ghats (Bhameshvar Ghat).
The Ghats are long platforms located along the Bagmati river, where cremations take place. Hinduists cremate their dead (except young babies without a name, these are buried). To burn the body is an act of sacrifice, a way of purifying with fire the offerings to the gods....
Across the Bagmati river, behind the viewpoint is located the Pandra Shivalaya complex (votive shrines), 15 shirines built to enshrine the lingas in memory of deceased important people from late 1,800´s.
Also known as the The Temple of Living Beings, this temple located on the shores of the Bagmati river is an old construction from the 400ad. This pagoda style temple is around 50 feet, the building has three floors with roofs of cooper with hanging bells and a gold pinnacle....
The temple is the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. On the riverbanks of the Bagmati cremations take place. Monkeys and cows wander around the banks. Sadhus await donations from the tourists.
Shivaratri, the night of Lord Shiva, is held between February/March and is one of the major festivals of Nepal. During this festival more than 100,000 of Hindu devotees from India and Southeast Asia arrive to Pashupatinath temple to pay their homage to Shiva on his...
Walk to see Bodhnath white stupa
From Pashupatinath, you can walk for about one km and be enchanted by Bodhnath stupa. It is the religious centre for Tibetans in Nepal. Walking around it, you can hear their chants coming from many small shops selling Tibetan artcrafts, there is also a Tibetan...
Pashupatinath – Bodhnath
Maybe because I needed to further reflect at the powerful cremation ceremonies or just in need of fresh air to continue breathing, I took the walking path through the park uphill towards the Goraknath Temple and further on, to Bodhnath stupa. A nice half an hour walk through...
Thamel - Pashupatinath
A rickshaw from Thamel asked me 200 Nr to give me a ride to Pashupatinath, but we bargained down to 120 Nr. During the 30 minutes ride in heavy traffic, most of it easy but nevertheless with some hard times cycling uphill, I was thinking at the irony of the whole thing – the...
Pashupatinath is a popular place to be cremated and Bagmati is a holy river just as Ganges at Varanasi.
Immediately in front of the temple, there are burning ghats reserved for the cremation of royalty as well as for ritual bathing.
Common people are cremated on the four square ghats near the bridges.
The log fires are laid, the body lifted on top and the fire is lit with a very little ceremony.
Photography is permitted, but tourists are asked to be sensitive.
Written Oct 10, 2004
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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...
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