Explore Pashupatinath Temple - one of the most important shrines of Shiva in Nepal
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is the oldest and largest Hindu temple complex in Nepal that is ideal for an unmatched mix of religious, spiritual and cultural experiences. Stretching on both sides of the holy Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu Valley, the complex comprises 518 temples, buildings, and monuments which date back to 400 BC, making it part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site inscribed in 1979. The main temple is designed in the Nepalese pagoda style of architecture, located within the fortified courtyard and controlled by semi-military Nepali police and military force Nepal army. The most significant features of the main temple include cubic sculptures, beautifully carved wooden rafters, two-level roofs covered with gold sheets, four main doors covered in silver, and a gold pinnacle (Gajur). As one of the few living cultural heritage sites in the world, Pashupatinath is always busy with active participation of visitors at all times of the daily rituals, typically during the annual festivals such as the Maha Shiva Ratri Bala Chaturthi festival, and Teej festival.