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PM of India Narendra Modi offered prayers at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu

Aug 5, 2014 18:47 IST

Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu: PM Narendra Modi offered prayers

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on 4 August 2014 offered prayers at Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu during his two days visit in Nepal.

He donated 2500 Kg sandalwood to Pashupatinath Temple Trust. Earlier, the temple authorities had requested India to provide sandalwood in light of steep rise in the prices of the sandalwood.

Besides, he also announced to give 25 crore rupees for the temple and the money will be spent to build a 400-bed Dharmashala in Pashupatinath area.

About Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples located on the banks of Bagmati River in Deopatan, a village situated 3-km north-west of Kathmandu, Nepal. The temple is dedicated to Lord Pashupatinath (Lord of Animals), a manifestation of Lord Shiva.

The temple attracts many pilgrims every year, mostly from India. It is listed in World Heritage Sites list of UNESCO.

The temple was constructed by Pashupreksha of the Somadeva Dynasty in the 3rd century BC, but the first historical records date from the 13th century. By the later middle Ages, many imitations of the temple had been built, such as in Bhaktapur (1480), Lalitpur (1566) and Benares (early 19th century).

The original temple was destroyed several times until it was given its present form under King Bhupalendra Malla in 1697.

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