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About Pashupatinath temple
Nepal surrounded with many Himalayan regions located in Central Asia and also surrounded with many Himalayan regions, plenty of hills and mountains, and the Terai (plain) region. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. Located in Kathmandu is the holy Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest and pious temples of all Hindus, not only in Nepal, but also throughout the world. Lord Pashupatinath is the supreme God of the Hindus. Paying Homage to the “Jyotir Lingam” also means a great boon and a successful life to mankind.
paying homage processes
While paying homage to Lord Pashupatinath, one has to pay homage first of all to the shrines of gods and goddesses outside the Pashupatinath Temple, or one can directly enter through the south gate of the Pashupatinath Temple and pay homage to 64 Lingams, KirtimukhiBhairav, UnmattaBhairav, Astamatrika, Nava Graha, Hanuman and advance towards the west side of the Temple by paying homage to Nandi, Trishul, Jaleshwor, Doleshwor, BasukiNaag,, Gupteshwor, Lal Ganesh, Surya, Jalasahi Vishnu, again paying homage to Aryaghat and resting for a while at Muktimandap.
Then, one proceeds by paying homage to Santaneshwor, Shree Krishna, and by touching the Dharmashila. Then one has to enter the main temple from the south side. One should not encircle Lord Shiva, instead one must make a half-circle. The reason being that one should not cross the holy water offered to Lord Shiva. By entering through the south gate, one has to pay homage to IshanMukh (face) and then the PurvaMukh (Eastern Face). Also one has to return then to the DakshinMukh (South Face), and in the same process, one has to pay homage to the Uttar Mukh (North face). And then lastly the PachhimMukh (West Face). While doing this, the holy water offered to Lord Shiva cannot be crossed over. By coming out of the temple, the entire homage completed.
Nepal consists 14 zones, one of them : Dhaulagiri zone, and it also includes Mustang district, a mountainous district of Nepal, where the 5th Dham (pilgrimage) of the Hindus, one major Shakti Peeth out of 51 others located. Many come to Muktinath and worship the holy Muktinath Temple. The journey begins from Kathmandu via Thankot, and from there, one has to cross many beautiful hilly bends, alongside the banks of the Trishuli River on the Prithivi Highway; then advancing towards Kurintar, Muglin, Dumre and Damauli. One drives to Pokhara for about six hours, the gateway to the Temple of Muktinath.
The beautiful Pokhara town is located at the foothills of the Annapurna Range. It is not only an important town from the natural point of view, but also significant from religious and cultural aspects.
Pilgrims reach Jomsom in a 25 – minute flight from Pokhara. From Jomsom, they take a jeep ride for about 2 hours alongside the Kaligandaki River bank right up to Kagbeni, and upwards to Jharkot, then to Rani Pauwa, and in about 10 minutes walk, one reaches the Muktinath Temple. Among many religious pilgrimage sites in Nepal, Muktinath is a very famous pilgrimage site. Muktinath is 389km away from Kathmandu. Located at 3750m above the sea level, Hindu pilgrims call it MuktiChhetra, and Buddhists call it ChhumingGyatsa in Tibetan language.
People also believe that by performing Darshan or paying homage to Muktinath, they get rid of all the sins committed during their lifetime. Muktinath is a common pilgrimage site for Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, and Vaishanab pilgrims. As per the Hindu belief, whoever performs Śrāddha (memorial service) in the name of dead ancestors, they go to heaven.