Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath Temple is a famous Hindu temple located on the banks of the Bagmati River which is considered holy by Hindus. It is 5 kilometers from north-east of Kathmandu in the eastern part of Kathmandu Valley, the capital of Nepal. Built-in the 5th century by Malla kings. The Temples are dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities. This Temple is a highly recommended religious hub for a mix of religious, cultural and spiritual experiences.
Daily Rituals at Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath is one of the living cultural heritage sites in the world. The daily rituals of Pashupatinath Temple are as follows:
- 4:00 am: West gate opens for visitors.
- 8:30 am: After the arrival of Pujaris, the idols of the Lord are bathed and cleaned, clothes and jewelry are changed for the day.
- 9:30 am: Baal Bhog or breakfast is offered to the Lord.
- 10:00 am: Then people who want to do Puja are welcomed to do so. It is also called Farmayishi Puja, whereby people tell the Pujari to carry out a special Puja for their specified reasons. The Puja continues till 1:45 pm in the afternoon.
- 1:50 pm: Lunch is offered to the Lord in the main Pashupati Temple.
- 2:00 pm: Morning prayers end.
- 5:15 pm: The evening Aarati at the main Pashupati Temple begins.
- 6:00 pm onward: Recently the Bagmati Ganga Aarati; done by the shores of Bagmati, has been gaining lots of popularity. We can see the shores of Bagmati crowded mostly on Saturdays, Mondays and on special occasions. Ganga Aarati along with Shiva’s Tandava Bhajan, written by Ravana, is carried out on evening Ganga Aarati.
- 7:00 pm: Door is closed.