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Kathmandu, Nepal

Pashupatinath is a magnificent Hindu temple located on the banks of Bagmati river, 5km north-east of Kathmandu Valley in the eastern city of Kathmandu. This "extensive Hindu temple precinct" is a "sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries along the banks of the sacred Bagmati River" and is included as one of the seven monument groups in UNESCO's designation of Kathmandu Valley as a cultural heritage site. 

The temple was erected anew in the 15th century by Lichhavi King Shupuspa after the previous building had been consumed by termites. Countless further temples have been erected around this two -storied temple. This main temple is built in the Nepalese pagoda style of architecture. All the features of pagoda style are founded here like cubic constructions, beautifully carved wooden rafters on which they rest (tundal). The two level roofs are of copper with gold covering. The temple resides on a square base platform with a height of 23m 7 cm from base to pinnacle. It has four main doors, all covered with silver sheets. This temple has a gold pinnacle (Gajur).

Temples and Shrines in the inner courtyard

  • Vasuki nath temple
  • Unmatta Bhairav temple
  • Surya Narayan temple
  • Kirti mukh Bhairav shrine
  • Budanil kantha shrine
  • Hanuman shrine
  • 184 shivaling shrine

Temples and Shrines in the outer complex

  • Ram Mandir
  • Virat swaroop temple
  • 12 jyotirlingha and Pandra Shivalaya
  • Guhyeshwari Temple

 

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