The Pashupatinath Temple: photo 11
Photo 11 of 17 in Gallery: The Pashupatinath Temple
Image title: Arched doorway above Linga
At one side of the Bagmati river, opposite to the main temple, stands a series of smaller religious structures each housing a Linga (phallic symbol of Shiva). These buildings are open on two sides, in the way that if one stands at the first or the last, one can sees all the Lingas. Above each opening hangs a beautifully decorated Torana (arched doorway), a typical feature of both Nepal temple architecture, as well as a prominent concept in Vastushastra (science of architecture).
The Pashupatinath Temple is an important Hindu temple from the 5th century situated at the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal. It contains over 500 religious structures and is surrounded by various other temples and sacred buildings. The name Pashupati refers to a name of Shiva and represents the deity presiding over Nayapala (Nepal).