Pashupatinath is more than just a religious destination. It’s a combination of religion, art, and culture. It offers peace and affection. Many temples and monuments can be found on the temple complex, which extends over 246 hectares. Hundreds of rituals are performed here every day. The temple grounds are an open museum. The temple complex, which is the pride of many of the country’s residents, has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979.
The temple complex is an important destination for art historians because a multitude of different styles is represented here: dome, pagodas, shikhara and other styles have found influence here. In addition, there are many statues and sculptures to see, among others. made of stone, metal, and wood. Beautiful carvings of gods and griffins are engraved in the doors and pillars around the temples.
Pashupatinath extends from the main temple of Pashupatinath to Guheshwori. There are many famous temples in this area including Bhuwaneshwori, Dakshinamurti, Tamreshwor, Panchdewal, and Bishwarupa.
The Temple of Kali, located on the bank of the Bagmati River, looks very interesting and is surrounded by a myth. The myth has it that the statue grows out of its original place and that the world comes to an end when the statue, which is halfway in the earth, has completely outgrown the earth.
Each temple has its own customs, traditions, and rituals that are performed, and across the river is a small forest called Shleshmantak, which is home to animals such as deer and monkeys. Traditional crematoriums stand on the banks of the Bagmati River.
In addition to culture, Pashupatinath is also rich in forest and water resources. To preserve these resources, the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) was established in 1996 on the initiative of the late King Birendra Bir Bikram Bir Shah Dev. Since then, the activities in Pashupati have been regulated by this administrative body.