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PASUPATHINATH OF NEPAL
Seat of Chaturmukha Siva
is built on the bank of Vangmati and is the haven of religious life of the
entire nation. It is a two-storied shrine and resembles of a pagoda type in its
external appearance. The roofs are gilded, and its silver plated facade attracts
and detains the devotees with its architectural adornments for hours. The
dwajasthambha and the entrance are elegantly made and are maintained neatly.
The courtyards are vast and the garbha griha is I, built on a higher plane, and
surrounded by spacious verandahs with flights of steps on four sides. Many
mini-shrines and niches are adorned with several deities of the Hindu pantheon.
Next to the temple lies a small pagoda for the Goddess Bachchla or Vatsala,
where once human sacrifices were offered on the Sivaratri day. Another deity
that attracts attention is Narayana which is housed in the first prakara. It is
believed that the whole statue was sculptured in a single night, yet it is a
beauty worth seeing. In the second prakara there are hundreds of lingas in rows
in an enclosure with adequate space for movement and worship by the devotees.