Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The temple serves as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath. The temple is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
With its astonishing architectural beauty, Pashupatinath Temple stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath Temple’s existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple, that is also known as ‘The Temple of Living Beings’.
Thousands of devotees from within and outside the country come to pay homage to Pashupatinath every day. On special occasions like Ekadasi, Sankranti, Mahashivratri, Teej Akshaya, Rakshabandhan, Grahana (eclipse), Poornima (Full moon day) people congregate here in far greater numbers. Some yatras like that of all Jyotirlinga and Kailash Mansarover are incomplete without Pashupatinath Darshan.
The temple is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams (Holy Abodes of Shiva) on the continent. It is regarded as the most sacred among the temples of Shiva (Pashupati). Kotirudra Samhita, Chapter 11 on the Shivalingas of the North, in Shiva Purana mentions this Shivalinga as the bestower of all wishes.
Pashupati Area Development Trust
Nepali Pashupati Area Development Trust is a trust established to conserve and operate the Pashupatinath Temple and other charitable institution in the Pashupatinath UNESCO World Heritage Sites area. This trust is operated under the Pashupati Area Development Trust Act, 1987. The trust operates regular worshipping activities and other charitable institutions like Hindu Funerals, Funeral support centers, and Old-age orphanage house.