Mar 7, 2008

Pashupatinath Temple Kathmandu Nepal

The pagodas of the Pashupatinath Temple line the shores of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu Nepal. The Bagmati is to Kathmandu what the Ganges in Varanasi is to India - the most active and holy river for cremations. Funeral pyres burn on cremation ghats just south of the temple.

Pashupatinath is devoted to Lord Shiva and the most significant Hindu temple in Nepal. You’ll see plenty of religious pilgrims, including sadhus, holy men or ascetics, from India. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside but there is an excellent view of it across the river up on a hill. Keep your eye on the aggressive thieving monkeys who all but own this hillside. They have no problem grabbing camera lenses pointed at them or scrambling to snatch dropped sunglasses.

6 comments:

GMG said...
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GMG said...

Escaping New York to Kathmandu looks like a late 60s/early 70s programme. But the temple seems quite interesting. This one I haven't seen, but Jama Masjid I know...
Have a great weekend. A cultural break waits for you at Blogtrotter ;)

Heatheronhertravels said...

Hi there

On a different subject altogether, but knowing that you enjoy a little street-art and graffiti, you might want to check out my latest post on the street-art here in Bristol.

Wendy said...

Hi Gil and Heather.
Thanks for stopping by. Will be over shortly to check out your posts.

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Hi Wendy! We spent lots of time at Pashupatinath when we lived in Nepal! I so wish I could go back!

Wendy said...

Hi Maryam
What an incredible place to live. You know how to pick them! I dream of going back all the time.