Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the bank of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The temple is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
The temple is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams (Holy Abodes of Shiva on the continent). Over the past times, only born Hindus were allowed to enter the temple. Others could look at it from other side of the river. However, the norms have been relaxed due to many incidents. If the individual is destined, he/she takes and completes the journey to reach these footsteps without any resistance or obstructions along the way, is believed to be under loving grace of Rudra. It is final stage of harsh penance. Thus, the slave (pasu – the human condition) becomes the master (pati – the divine condition).
It is regarded as the most sacred temples among the temples of Lord Shiva.