The Pashupatinath Temple

Fascinating stuff at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. We went along for a couple of hours and sat as discreetly as we could on the far side of the river.

It felt slightly gruesome watching families bring their recently dead relatives down to the water’s edge to wash their feet, but also fascinating to understand more about the Hindu traditions and rituals.

The bodies were wrapped in cloth and taken further down the river to funeral pyres where they were placed on wood logs and covered in wet reeds and flower garlands before being set alight.

It was an experience worth having, albeit a slightly uncomfortable one.


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