Nepal

Attraction

Pashupatinath Temple

The Temple of Living Beings

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The oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Pashupatinath Temple is regarded as the most sacred among the temples of Lord Shiva and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Each year, the temple attracts hundreds of Hinduism followers, particularly the elderly who arrive to find shelter in their last weeks of death and be cremated on the banks of the river. It's believed that those who die in Pashupatinath Temple are reborn as human.

Located on the western bank of Bagmati, the main temple boasts a stunning golden spire and is considered a true masterpiece of Hindu architecture. Richly decorated with wooden sculptures and a copper and gold roof, one of the temple's most famous and jaw-dropping features is the huge golden statue of Nandi, Shiva's bull. Only followers of Hinduism can enter the main temple but all other buildings are open to the general public and it's well worth visiting the nearby Bagmati River, that runs parallel to the temple and is also believed to be highly sacred.