inspiration at Pashupati

While my parents were here, we spent part of a day at the Pashupatinath Temple (also known as Pashupati) on the banks of the Bagmati river.

Pashupati is a Hindu temple of Lord Shiva (one of the largest) on the outskirts of Kathmandu.  This is the most important shrine for Hindus in Nepal and only Hindus can enter the actual temple (specifically—you have to be a Hindu born in India or Nepal).  For those that are not Hindu, you can see it from across the river.

Since this is the most sacred of the temples in Nepal, this is where most Hindus in Kathmandu are cremated when they die.  Within a certain amount of time after their death, bodies must be cremated, which means there is constantly activity here, day and night.

There were a few cremations going on while we were there visiting, though I tried not to make them the focus of my photos on here out of respect.  I found that surrounding the temple were really wonderful things to photograph: the people, the flower garlands, the sadhus, etc.  I spent some time playing with the settings on my camera and got some really great inspirational shots.

Check out my photos below and you can also read more about Pashupati here.

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photos (c) Bethany Meuleners

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