Pashupatinath Temple

Kathmandu to Pokhara Bus
March 7th, 2018 / Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Updated: 07th March 2018
210 KM west from Kathmandu, the Pokhara city is known as the City of Paradise. A complete destination surrounded by full nature of Himalaya, and with a lake in the middle of the city, some waterfalls, gorges, etc. Pokhara is also the gateway to many popular trekking routes, like Annapurna Base Camp, Poon Hill Trek and some village hikes. Ideally, Regardless if you are beyond the limit of high altitude trek Kathmandu Pokhara tour highly recommended. In this article we are giving you some idea on how to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu , there are a few options to get to Pokhara from Kathmandu:

Pashupatinath temple

The Importance of the Pashupatinath Temple is the dedication to the Hindu god Shiva. The objectives of the Pashupatinath Temple is to provide a sure rebirth as a human being despite any misconducts done in this life. The Pashupatinath Hindu Temple is a place of ceremonial burial and many Hindus come here to bury their relatives in order to ensure their good karma in this and the next life. The Temple complex is spread over the two banks of the Bagmati River, located in the north east of the Kathmandu valley. Listed as one of the 7 UNESCO Heritage sites of Kathmandu, this amazing Hindu Complex is sure to give you an unforgettable experience. Special about the Pashupatinath Temple is the Jyotirlinga that was found here of the Hindu God Shiva. It soon became a main attraction for devotees around the world and Puashupatinath became a pilgrimage center to worship the Shivalinga. Most famous during the Hindu festival, Maha Shivaratri the Pashupatinath Temple gets over 500,000 visitors. The main temple located on the western side of the river is truly a masterwork of architecture and does the Hindu culture proud, with a bulk roof and a golden spire this main temple a statement itself. The roof is covered with gold and made out of copper, along with its fine and delicate wooden structures this temple is even said to make wishes come true. The main temple is only accessible to Hindu’s but foreign visitors are allowed in all other buildings and can take photos with the religious priests spending their time praying for good karma. The eastern side of the river is filled with different religious buildings, most of them are in devotion of the Hindu god Shiva.

Pashupatinath worship (Aarati, Pooja)

Worshipping at Pashupatinath can give one good karma, success and prosperity in life. One of the most spectacular rituals here is the Pashupati Bagmati Aarati or also known as the Aarti ritual in Pashupatinath. The Bagmati River divides the Pashupatinath temple in 2 sides and many Hindus believe that by taking a dip in this holy river, all sins are absolved and good luck will come in their lives. Pashupatinath is a place of worship, mourning and rebirth. The Pashupati Bagmati Aarati is a ritual that follows 3 priests offering light to God, by using oil lamps, religious items and lanterns in combination with singing sacred Mantra’s from the Hindu book. This ritual allows all devotees to be in union with God. Puja, Pooja or worshipping in Pashupatinath is always common as Hindu’s believe that doing puja in Pashupatinath brings good karma, luck, prosperity and success in one’s life.

Special Puja in Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath is not only famous for its devotees but it also receives Hindu VIP visitors who will perform their puja (worship) in the main temple. Indian President Mukherjee visited the Pashupatinath Temple in 2016, in 2018 the prime minister of India Modhi also came to visit the Pashupatinath Temple to perform a special puja called ‘Rudrabhishek’. During this special ritual a holy chant called the Sri Rudam of the Yajur Veda will be chanted and a holly bath is given to the Shiva lingam. A special group of “high” priests are always present on the Pasupatinath grounds, these senior educated Vedic Dravida Brahmin Scholars are called Bhatta and are led by the Mool Bhatta or Main Bhatta. Currently there are 4 Bhatta’s led by the Mool Bhatta Ganesh Bhat of Udupi. The Bhatta’s will worship daily in Pashupatinath.

How to reach Pashupatinath

Located on both sides of the Bagmati River the Pashupatinath Temple can be found in the east of the Kathmandu Valley and 5 km to the northeast of the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu Metropolitan City. If you are wondering how to reach the Pashupatinath Temple, you can find the answers in this overview. Pashupatinath a 12 minutes’ drive from the Boudhanath Stupa and just 2 minutes from the international airport. Easy reachable Pashupatinath by car is always the best option, just 20 minutes from Thamel or Kathmandu Durbar Square. There is many confusion if we can reach Pashupatinath by train, unfortunately there are as of yet no trains available inside Kathmandu. The only way to reach Pashupatinath by train is to go via Gorakhpur and take another train to the Raxaul Junction or RXL, from there we can go by vehicle across the border and to Pashupatinath. As we cross the border its strongly adviced that any non SAARC national prepares an entry visa in advance to avoid any delay during border checking’s. To reach Pashupatinath from inside Kathmandu you can aslo take a local bus from ratnapark Bus Park in Sundhara but there is a high chance you will be stuck for half an hour in traffic jam. You can also reach Pashupatinath by taxi but it is better to take another taxi to head back, because the charge for waiting times can be expensive. A one way charge by taxi from inside Kathmandu can be up to 500 Nepalese Rupees and by private car two ways can be up to 2500 Nepalese Rupees.

Pashupatinath express ticket booking

The Delhi to Kathmandu express bus service might be the fasted way to reach Pashupatinath by land vehicle. There are various Pashupatinath express ticket booking services available online or at the local vendors. The busses are comfortable and stop at various locations to take a rest and enjoy the amazing scenery of the Nepal India border.

The best time to visit Pashupatinath

The best time to visit the Pashupatinath temple can depend if you like a crowd and spiritual celebrations then you should visit during the festivals such as Shivarati or Pasupati Bagmati Aarati. If you like to see a Hindu cremation in Pashupatinath then any time is suitable as it is a daily ritual. The Pashupatinath opening hours are: open daily from morning time 4 AM to 12 PM and in the afternoon from 1 PM to 5 PM. The ideal time to visit will be in the morning or late evening as the temperature will be a lot cooler during that time. It is always possible to hire a local licensed Tour guide for the Pashupatinath Temple to get some more detailed information about the origin and rituals. They can charge up to 1500 Nepalese Rupees and it is advised to always check for a Tour license ID card, another option is to book through a registered travel agency to be sure of a perfect service.

Pashupatinath entrance fees

The government charges some entry fees for visiting the Pashupatinath Temple, this is mainly to provide in sustainable tourism and to donate to the restoration of this beautiful Hindu Temple. Foreigners will have to pay a 1000 Nepalese Rupees entry fee, although Indian Nationals have free access to the Pashupatinath Temple. Nepali and Indian Nationals can enjoy a free entry in to the Pashupatinath Temple due to the diplomatic and religion relations. Hindu’s strongly follow the saying; “When you suggest to go to the Pashupatinath Temple, you have to go that day” as so it is common to always find people visiting this amazing temple complex.

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