Nepal Pilgrimage Tour: Pashupathinath and Muktianth
Nepal has numerous pilgrimages sites, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. To the Hindus the Most famous and Most venerated is the temple of Lord Pashupathinath, suited in the Bank of holy Bagmati river in Kathmandu. It is almost the Most revered shrines for Hindus all over the world. The main temple, which stands in the middle of a courtyard, is two tiered buit upon a square plinth, and is 23.6 meters high. The four large gates of the Temple are silver and gilt-plated and richly carved with image of deities. The two copper roofs are supported by numerous struts adorned with beautifully carved images Of various Hindus gods and Goddesses. The sacro sanctum or the main idol of “Mukhalingam” is one meter high and has faces carved in four directions. The Original temple is said to have been built at the beginning of the Christian era. It is said t have undergone several reconstructions over the ages to what stands today.
Muktinath is a very popular pilgrimage site in Nepal. Situated at an altitude of 3800 meters above sea level in Mustang district, the site Is also known among the Hindus as Muktichhetra, or the abode of salvation. There is a small pagoda-style temple of Lord Vishnu which is worshipping by both Hindus and Buddhists. The Buddhist worship the deity as one of the Bodhisattvas. There are 108 sacred water spouts flowing with icy cold water where devotees take a quick bath. Nearby is the temple of Jwala Mai, of the Goddess of Flame, with the phenomenal underground blue flame.
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