Pashupatinath-the final resting place of Hindus

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Jahcriado on August 13, 2001

Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred places in the Hindu religion. It is set up much like the Jewish temple of old, with different courtyards for those who are Hindi & those who are not.

To the right of the complex is a white hospice building where the near death await their final hour so that they might have their feet placed in the holy Bahgmati river while they die, so that their spirit may escape on to paradise.

After this the family wraps the body & prepares to place it on the funeral pyre they've built. The height of the pyre is representative of how wealthy the family was since the wood must be bought & transported to the temple.

There is more to Pashupati than just the temple complex. Up on the hill there is a place called the Sadhu grave yard with idols of Ganesh & holy stones & different buildings & is inhabited by the local monkeys.

Pashupati is somewhat paradoxal. On one side of the river are devout Hindus, worshiping their gods & mourning their loved ones & across the river are peddlers, beggars, tourists & those Hindus who are there just to blow some time. It is of some note that Bob Dylan wrote "Knocking on Heavens Door" while watching the cremations at Pashupati. If you go, spend some time in reflection.

Pashupatinath Temple
Banks of the Bagmati River
Kathmandu, Nepal

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