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Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal

Pashupatinath means the Lord of the Animals. In this form, Lord Siva shows his peaceful mood of protectors of the animals. There are no animal sacrifices done here, as they are done in many other Siva temples. It is believed that to die and to be cremated here will release one from the cycle of repeated birth and death.
It is said that Lord Siva came here because it was a perfect place for a holiday. It is one of the most important Siva temples on the sub-continent and many Indians come to visit this popular pilgrimage site. Inside the temple is a black, four-headed deity of Lord Siva.
The present temple was built by King Bhupalendra Malla is 1653. Inscription state that a previous temple dates back to fifth century, and it is believed that there was a temple here much later. The temple has a two tiered gold plated roof, silver doors and fine quality wood carvings on its pagoda construction.
From: Spiritual Guides, http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/Nepal/Kathmandu-Valley/Pashupatinath-Temple.htm
Visitors are fascinated by the ancient Hindu temples, the bathing ghats, and the many saddhus living there. Although the water quality of the Bagmati resembles that of a sewer, the river has lost nothing of its holiness.
Pashupatinath temple, Nepal.
Pashupatinath temple, Nepal.
Pashupatinath temple, Nepal.
Pashupatinath temple, Nepal.
Painting at Pashupatinath temple, Nepal.
Painting at Pashupatinath temple, Nepal.
Painting at Pashupatinath temple, Nepal.
Painting at Pashupatinath temple, Nepal.
Painting at Pashupatinath temple, Nepal.
Painting at Pashupatinath temple, Nepal.
Erotic art at Pashupatinath temple, Nepal.
Erotic art at Pashupatinath temple, Nepal.
Erotic art at Pashupatinath temple, Nepal.
Erotic art at Pashupatinath temple, Nepal.
Holy Bagmati river at Pashupatinath,  Nepal.
Holy Bagmati river at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Holy Bagmati river Pashupatinath,  Nepal
Holy Bagmati river Pashupatinath, Nepal
Holy Bagmati river Pashupatinath,  Nepal
Holy Bagmati river Pashupatinath, Nepal
At holy Bagmati river Pashupatinath,  Nepal.
At holy Bagmati river Pashupatinath, Nepal.
At holy Bagmati river Pashupatinath,  Nepal.
At holy Bagmati river Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Ceremony at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Ceremony at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Ceremony at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Ceremony at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
A religious ceremony at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
A religious ceremony at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Wood for a cremation Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Wood for a cremation Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Man igniting a fire at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Man igniting a fire at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhus living in a cave at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhus living in a cave at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Saddhu at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Wall painting at Pashupatinath, Nepal.
Wall painting at Pashupatinath, Nepal.