Pashupatinath Temple – Kathmandu
Timings of Pashupatinath Temple
Find the details of Pashupatinath Mandir darshan, pooja and abishekam timings at Pashupatinath Mandir, Kathmandu. You can also avail information regarding Pashupatinath Mandir Nepal history, architecture, weather and best places to visit in Nepal.
A sacred Hindu Temple located on the banks of the river Bagmati, Pashupatinath is 5 Kms from Kathmandu. Lord Pashupatinath is the national deity of Nepal. The Lord Pashupatinath temple is also prescribe on UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pashupatinath Temple is situate in eastern-Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath is the largest temple in Nepal. Temples dedicate to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the temple of Pashupatinath Temple.
Darshan Timings of Pashupatinath Temple
Morning Temple Opening Timing – 4:00 AM
Morning Temple Closing Timing – 12:00 PM
Evening Temple Opening Timing – 5:00 PM
Evening Temple Closing Timing – 9:00 PM
Note – The timings of the darshan may change on occasions and festivals.
Pooja Timings of Pashupatinath Temple
Morning Pooja Timings – 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Pooja Timings – 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Note – Special Pooja at the request of devotees is performed in the evenings.
Abhishekam Timings at Pashupatinath Temple
Morning Abhishekam Timings – 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Things to know about Pashupatinath Temple –
Lord Pashupatinath is the oldest temple of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath Temple’s history is relate to two different belief.
The jyotirlinga of Shiva was cover inside the earth for many years. It was cover with little grass also. A cow name Kamdhenu use to go where the jyotirlinga was dug then would pour milk upon it. The cow later would not give milk to the shepherd. The shepherd realized that the cow is not giving milk for 4-5 days and kept a watch on the cow. Observing some days the shepherd discovered the cow is continuously pouring milk at the same place. He therefore, decided to dig the place and found a Shivlinga there. People then started worshiping the jyotirlinga building a structure. Devotees started gaining faith in the jyotirlinga and temple gained lots of popularity.
The other belief encircles that Parvati and Shiva were once travelling around the world. They were so enchanted by the beauty of the Kathmandu valley, that they decided to visit the place as deer. Then after sometime the people, gods and goddess started searching for Shiva and Parvati. Shiva refused to come but after much complications he agreed. Later, he announced that as he had lived near the Bagmati river as a deer, he would be worshiped as Pashupatinath, The lord of animals.
The present temple is built by Licchavi King Shuspuspa.
Architecture of Pashupatinath Temple – Kathmandu
This main temple is built in the Nepalese pagoda style of architecture. All the features of pagoda style are found 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 23 m 7 cm from base to pinnacle. It has four main doors, all covered with silver sheets. This temple has a gold pinnacle (Gajur). Inside are two Garbhagrihas, outer and inner. The inner garbhagriha or sanctum sanctorum is where the idol is placed and outer sanctum is an open corridor-like space.
There are many more temple near this two-stored temple. One of the most important among it is Vaishanava Temple with Rama Temple and Guhyeshwari Temple.
Some Strange Facts of Pashupatinath Temple – Kathmandu
- The most unusual thing at Pashupatinath Temple is the smell of cremated body. The smell of body reminds of clabber mixed with spices.
- The another strange fact is the women washing clothes near river Bagmati. As the river of Bagmati contain flesh of animals and cremated body it easily washes away dirt. This is may be the known reason how soap was invented.
- Pashupatinath Temple stood strong with no damage against the great earthquake of 7.8 magnitude on 25th April, 2015.
Weather details of Kathmandu, Nepal
It is very important to know about the weather of the place before visiting it. October – November are dry parts of the year which will be the best time to visit Nepal. December – January are comparatively snowy and you need to be prepared for snow. February- March- April have moderate temperatures so it would also be the best time to visit Nepal. While, in the months of May and June it would be hot and warm so it is not recommendable to visit the place during this season. August and September are the festive season and the end of the monsoon so this is also the best time to visit Nepal.
Best places to visit near Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal
- Kathmandu Valley
- Thamel City
- Boudhnath Temple
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Changu Narayan
- Bhaktapur Durbar Sqaure
- Hanuman Dhoka
- Kopan Monastery