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Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple
It is said that Lord Siva came here because it was a perfect place for a holiday. Worship has been going on here for at least 1500 years and there was a Siva temple here at least as far back as 879 AD. It is one of the most important Siva temples on the sub-continent and many Indians come to visit this popular pilgrimage site. Inside the temple is a black, four-headed deity of Lord Siva.
Pashupatinath means the “Lord of the Animals.” In this form, Lord Siva shows his peaceful mood of protectors of the animals. Often Siva is shown is a more destructive mood, is in known as the destroyer in the Hindu pantheon. There are no animal sacrifices done here, as they are done in many other Siva temples.