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Pashupatinath Temple Timings and History

Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu

Find the details of Pashupatinath Pashupatinath Temple Timing—Kathmandu Mandir darshan, pooja and Abishekam timings at Pashupatinath Mandir, Kathmandu. You can also avail information regarding Pashupatinath Mandir, Nepal’s history, architecture, weather and the best places to visit in Nepal.

Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple on the banks of the Bagmati River, is 5 kilometres from Kathmandu. Lord Pashupatinath is the national deity of Nepal. The Lord Pashupatinath temple is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pashupatinath Temple is situated in the eastern Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath is the largest temple in Nepal. Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the Pashupatinath Temple.

Pashupatinath Temple Darshan Timings

Here is the all detail you need to know about the opening and closing timings of the Pashupatinath Temple.

The opening and closing timings of Pashupatinath Temple are from 5 AM to 12 PM for the morning aarti and from 5 PM to 7 PM for the evening aarti. The devotees can enter the inner temple area from 4 AM to 7 PM.

The temple closing time is not fixed; it is changed according to the season See more details about the closing time. During November, the temple closes at 6:30 PM and in summer, it closes at 8:00 PM.

In Pashupatinath Temple, devotees are not allowed to enter Garbhgriha of the temple. They can observe the temple from the outer region of Garbhgriha.

Opening And Closing TimingsTime
Morning4:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Note: The timings of the darshan may change on occasions and at festivals.

Pooja Timings of Pashupatinath Temple

Puja TimingsTime
Morning Pooja5:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Pooja5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Note: A special pooja, at the request of devotees, is performed in the evenings.

Abhishekam Timings at Pashupatinath Temple 

Morning Abhishekam Timings: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

In Abhishek’s time, all four doors of the main temple were opened. Thus, during Abhishek’s special puja, all four faces of the Shiva Lingam are visible to the devotees.

Puja Conducted at Pashupatinath Temple

Puja NameCost
Panchamrit Puja21001313
Panchamrit puja with Baal Bhog31001938
Panchamrit puja with Baalbhog and Rudrabhisek75004688
Panchamrit puja with Laghu Rudrabhisek and Purabhog151009438
Panchamrit puja with Rudrabhisek, Purabhog(1.25 lakhs) Deep Aarti3500021875
Panchamrit puja with Laghu Rudrabhisek, Purabhog(1.25 lakhs) Deep Aarti6500040625
Nitya Bhog and day-long puja171000106875
Ek Diwasiya Maharudri321000200625
Ekadash Diwasiya Maharudri800001500001
Ekadash Diwasiya Atirudri25000001562500

Note: The booking of a special puja at Pashupatinath started one day before the puja. You Must be reserved a puja one day before and take a receipt.

The Puja at Kathmandu’s Pashupatinath Temple includes

Pashupatinath Temple Timing and History

Entry Fee to Enter Pashupatinath Temple

Devotees from India and Nepal are not required to pay any entry fees. But other than Indian and Nepali citizens, all foreigners must pay an entrance fee of NRs. 1000.

NationalityEntry fee
Nepalese and Indian citizensN/A
ForeignersNRs. 1000

Pashupatinath Temple Contact Details

  • Address: Pashupatinath Road, Kathmandu, 44600, Nepal
  • Phone: +977-14256910

Things to Know About Pashupatinath Temple


Lord Pashupatinath is the oldest temple in Kathmandu. Pashupatinath Temple’s history is related to two different beliefs.

First Belief

The jyotirlinga of Shiva was covered inside the earth for many years. It was covered with a little grass, too. A cow named Kamdhenu used to go where the jyotirlinga was dug and then pour milk upon it.

The cow later would not give milk to the shepherd. The shepherd realised that the cow had not been given milk for 4-5 days and kept a watch on the cow. Observing some days, the shepherd discovered the cow was continuously pouring milk in the same place.

He, therefore, decided to dig the place and found a Shivlinga there. People then started worshipping the jyotirlinga for building a structure. Devotees started gaining faith in the jyotirlinga and the temple gained lots of popularity.

Other Belief

The other belief is that Parvati and Shiva were once travelling around the world. They were so enchanted by the beauty of the Kathmandu valley that they decided to visit the place as deer. Then, after some time, people, gods and goddesses started searching for Shiva and Parvati.

Shiva refused to come, but after many complications, he agreed. Later, he announced that, as he had lived near the Bagmati River as a deer, he would be worshipped as Pashupatinath, The lord of animals.

The present temple was built by Licchavi King Shuspuspa.

The Architecture of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu

This main temple is built in the Nepalese pagoda style of architecture. All the features of the pagoda style are found here, like cubic constructions and beautifully carved wooden rafters on which they rest (Tundal). The two-level roofs are made of copper with gold covering.

The temple resides on a square base platform with a height of 23 m 7 cm) from base to pinnacle. It has four main doors, all covered with silver sheets. This temple has a gold pinnacle (Gajur). Inside are two Garbhagrihas, outer and inner.

The inner Garbhagriha, or sanctum sanctorum, is where the idol is placed and the outer sanctum is an open corridor-like space.

There are many more temples near this two-story temple. One of the most important among them is Vaishnava Temple, along with Rama Temple and Guhyeshwari Temple.

Some Strange Facts of Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu

  1. The most unusual thing at Pashupatinath Temple is the smell of the cremated body. The smell of the body reminds me of clabber mixed with spices.
  2. Another strange fact is that the women are washing clothes near the Bagmati River. As the river Bagmati contains the flesh of animals and cremated bodies, it easily washes away dirt. This may be the known reason why soap was invented.
  3. Pashupatinath Temple stood strong with no damage against the great earthquake of 7.8 magnitudes on April 25, 2015.

Weather Details of Kathmandu, Nepal 

It is very important to know about the weather of the place before visiting it. October and November are dry parts of the year, which will be the best time to visit Nepal. December and January are comparatively snowy and you need to be prepared for snow.

February, March and April have moderate temperatures, so it would also be the best time to visit Nepal. In the months of May and June, it is hot and warm, so it is not recommended to visit the place during this season.

August and September are the festive seasons and the end of the monsoon, so this is also the best time to visit Nepal.

The Best Places to Visit Near Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal

  1. Swayambhunath
  2. Kathmandu Valley
  3. Thamel City
  4. Boudhnath Temple
  5. Kathmandu Durbar Square
  6. Changu Narayan
  7. Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  8. Hanuman Dhoka
  9. Kopan Monastery
  10. Nyatapola
Sanjay Dangrocha
Sanjay Dangrocha is your guide to a world of adventure through his travel blog. Stay updated for your next journey to famous temples, travel adventures and must-visit places.”

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