Pashupati, a sacred Hindu complex on the Bagmati river in Kathmandu. This holy complex of temples is used as a cremation grounds and for Hindu festivals. In the late afternoons/evening you can watch a cremation ceremony from beginning to end.  There are two sections where these ceremonies are held. One more expensive than the other for a higher caste.

One of the major Festivals of the temple is Maha Shivaratri on which day over 800,000 devotees visit here. The night images are from the tail end of Shivaratri as you wouldn’t catch me there during the mayhem of the day. Also, on any given day there is no shortage of sadus hanging around the temples ready for their photo opp so keep your camera and your change bag handy.

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Originally from the flat lands of the Midwest, Emily has journeyed far from home connecting with cultures and perspectives from around the world. As a National Geographic Travel contributor Emily views photography as a means to inquire into the human experience and our relationship to the lands we inhabit. Currently Emily splits her time between Nepal and California collaborating with like minded clients while working on personal projects.

2 thoughts on “PASHUPATI TEMPLE”

  1. Great photos, but not my favourite temple area in Kathmandu Valley. It seems so sinister and unwelcoming when compared to Buddhist complexes like Swayambhu or Boudha or Segall for example.

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