Hotel Shanker Lazimpat Kathmandu 44600 Nepal

"Maheswara, in the shape of a deer, disclosed himself in the form of light, which pervaded the seven firmaments above Bhulok( The Earth) and also the seven firmaments below Rastal ( Hades). On seeing this, Brahma went upwards to see how far the light extended, and Vishnu went downwards for the same purpose. The place whence Vishnu departed is called Vishnu-Gupt, and the Mahadeva was called Pashupati. ” Wright 1877: 82 "The ancient temple of Pashupati having fallen down, the light was buried under the ruins. Some cowherds came into the country in the train of Sri Krishna, who came from Dwarika to help his grandson in letting out the water from the valley through a passage, which he made at Chaubahal, and in carrying out the daughter of Danasur, who had stopped the outflow of the water. The men settled down at Padmakasthagiri and built a cowshed. One of their cows, by name Ne, was a mulch cow, but gave no milk. Every day at a certain time she went running to a certain place. One day the chief cowherd followed her, and saw milk issuing from her udder, and saturating the spot on which she stood. His curiosity was excited to know what was under the spot, and on removing some earth he discovered the light, which however consumed him." Wright 1877: 107 The first recorded discovery of the ancient shrine and temple of Pashupati-Nath is said to have been in the Gopala Dynasty during the reign of King Bhuktamana. He is said to have discovered the shrine when he was playing Kilatari (A Military Game) in the Sleshmantakban. On the day of Maha Shivaratri, devotees flock in masses at the nearest Shiva Temple to present offerings and prayers. Pashupati-Nath becomes a hub for asthetics, yogis, and devotees. The chants "Om Namah Shivay" and "Maharitunjaya", charge the atmosphere and devotees can be found meditating in the temple premises. Tourists visit the temple to view the naked sadhus, the ambience and indulge in the energy of the eastern believes. "The occasion of Maha Shivaratri, the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) is expecting a crowd of 1.3 million people from across the world. For the successful celebration of the festival, the management units in Pashupatinath start cleaning the area. Also, this year more importance has been given for figuring out an easier way to manage crowd so that devotees can carry out their Puja and Darshan faster and more conveniently. Spring is one of the best times to visit Nepal, and Indian tourists enjoy visiting during the most auspicious occasion of Maha Shivaratri. Special provisions are made to ease Darshan for Indian pilgrims at Pashupatinath during Maha Shivaratri, which falls on Feb 13 this year, according to officials at the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT). The PADT will also make available Pashupati Darshan passes at easy outlets near Pashupati area to facilitate pilgrims from India. "– Nepal Tourism Board