I’ve promised Elizabeth that I will wrap up the Nepal Saga before I write about anything else. This should be the penultimate entry.
Our heroes’ next (and last) stop on their guided tour of Kathmandu was Pashupatinath Temple.
Foreigners (in this case “non-Hindu people”) are not allowed inside the main temple.
The guide showed the girls around the exterior areas.
As in most of Nepal, there are animals everywhere, just living their lives.
Elizabeth told me that bodies were being cremated here and their ashes poured into the river.
I did some research into that, and found this:
Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva. Every year this temple attracts hundreds of elderly followers of Hinduism.
They arrive here to find shelter for the last several weeks of their lives, to meet death, be cremated on the banks of the river and travel their last journey with the waters of the sacred river Bagmati, which later meets the holy river Ganges. Hinduists from every corner of Nepal and India are arriving here to die.
It is believed that those who die in Pashupatinath Temple are reborn as a human, regardless of any misconduct that could worsen their karma. The exact day of their death is predicted by astrologers of the temple. If you are attracted to the places where the spirit of death can be felt, then consider Pashupatinath as your first destination. It is a temple with special atmosphere of death; death is present in almost every ritual and every corner of it.
One of the cremation ovens:
After Pashupatinath, they returned to the hotel.
View from the hotel window:
Next post: a little shopping, and then the long journey home!