Hinduism followers all around the world know and worship Lord Shiva as the lord of all lords. Instead of being just God, he’s the source of energy and hence is infinite. In his honor, Nepal has the oldest and most prestigious temple, the Pashupatinath Temple. Every month, thousands of worshippers visit the temple complex and shower the deity with devotion. But how well did you know about the greatest temple built in Nepal? Here are five shocking facts about Pashupatinath Temple that you probably didn’t know of:
- Pashupatinath temple was built in two phases. Historical beliefs aside, the main temple was first built around the fourth century A.D. But the entire complex that is now listed in the World Heritage site’s list was in fact built only in the seventeenth century. This still officially declares Pashupatinath Temple as the oldest Hindu Temple in the continent.
- The Pinnacle of the main temple is made out of pure gold. However, conspiracy theorists believe that the pinnacle was already replaced by a cheaper alternate but due to religious restrictions, no one is allowed to test whether this is true.
- We all know that non-hindus are generally not allowed inside the main temple complex. However, special religious groups like Buddhists from the Tibetan region and Sikhs and Jains from India are allowed special permission to enter and worship the diety. Foreigners can pay about Rs. 1000 to visit the small temples in the external premises.
- The pooja donations that devotees pay to the main priests ranges from Rs.1100 to Rs. 25,00,000 out of which 17% is provided to the main Priest as commission. This is additional from the 2 lakh 35 thousand salary for the head priest.
- Speaking of head priest, no Nepalese priest is ever assigned as the head priest of Pashupatinath. They’re always highly scholar priests from India who’re given all the privileges such as accommodation, transportations etc besides basic salary. The tradition of bringing in priests from India started as early as the Rana regime in Nepal.
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