About the Pashupatinath Temple

Turn left from behind Chyasalin Mandap and continue past the hiti to the large two-roofed Pashupatinath temple across the square. Originally, it was part of the royal palace.

The Pashupatinath Temple in Bhaktapur
The Pashupatinath Temple in Bhaktapur

Built in 1475 by King Yaksha Malla, it is a revered replica of the main Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.

Locals often sit on the lower platform of the temple. However, be wary of unofficial guides who might try to convince you to hire them.

The restaurants around the Pashupatinath temple are among the finest in Bhaktapur.

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Despite sharing the same name, the two temples bear little resemblance to each other. The Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu is considered far more prestigious.

Erotic Carvings on the Pashupatinath Temple

While the Pashupatinath temple appears as a simple two-tier wooden structure, it has much more to offer. Walk up close and observe the wooden struts leading to the first roof, which are filled with erotic carvings.

These carvings depict explicit scenes that challenge the Karma Sutra. One such scene includes a water vessel held by someone—it's unclear what's happening, but you'll likely find others trying to figure it out as well.

Beware of tour guides who frequent this temple—they may try to engage you in conversation with the goal of charging you for their services. Be polite yet firm in refusing their offers.

The carvings are more visually striking than the erotic elephants near the main gates. The Pashupatinath Temple underwent renovations in 2023.

Entrance Fee

There is no separate entrance fee; admission comes under the general fee for Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

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