Pashupatinath Temple

Context

  • Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India and Nepal for the construction of a sanitation facility at the Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu.
  • The facility will be constructed under the Nepal-Bharat Maitri: Development Partnershipas a high impact community development scheme by India.

Pashupatinath Temple

  • Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is one of the most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva.
  • It is the largest temple complex in Nepal and stretches on both sides of the Bagmati River.
  • Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the temple of Pashupatinath.
  • Only Hindus are allowed through the gates of the main temple.
  • It was conferred the status of a World Heritage Sitein 1979 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).