The Pashupatinath temple in Nepal is not merely a single temple standing tall in the middle of the capital city – Kathmandu. Pashupatinath Mandir in Nepal is one of the UNESCO Heritage Site in Kathmandu. Many small temples and buildings are built around the main temple and they altogether form the Pashupatinath Mandir Complex. The year is not exactly known when the temple was built but it is believed to have been built at around 400BC in 4th Century. Pashupatinath Mandir in Nepal has been renovated by many kings in the past and today it is a popular place to visit in Kathmandu.
Many theories are made about how this temple in Nepal had come into existence in the beginning and all these legends are the stories about how the Shiva Lingam inside the temple came into existence. Some of these legends are the cow legend, Kamadhenu legend, Licchavi, Devalaya legend and other beliefs. Each legend has different story and the most famous of them all is the cow legend.
The Pashupatinath temple in Nepal is beautiful and looks ancient. The artisans in the past had carved wooden windows and doors exquisitely that it still shines and looks sharp today as if they are newly made. Old bricks and beautifully carved wooden balconies, doors and windows make this temple look extremely precious and attractive. The main idol in the complex is a stone deity that has faces which represents Lord Shiva or the Pashupatinath’s various aspects. These faces are Sadyojata, Vamadeva, Tatpurusha, Aghora and Ishana; these faces represent five primary elements, space, air, fire, water and earth. And the best time to visit Pashupatinath temple in Nepal and the city Kathmandu is from September to the mid or end of December.
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