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Lord Shiva is worshipped at this Holiest of the #Jyotirlingas as #Pashupatinath, Lord of all Living Beings.
The temple serves as the seat of National Deity of Nepal.
The #12Jyotirlingas in India are the body while #Pashupatinath is the Head.
Temple has around 500 shrines.
The Temple of #Pashupatinath dates back to 400 BC, the present temple was built by Lichavi King #SupushpaDev in 15 CE after the original was destroyed by termites.
It houses the 11CE #Guheshwari temple dedicated to #AadiShakti.
The inner courtyard has important shrines of #Vasuki, #UnmattaBhairav, #SuryaNarayan temple, #184Shivling Shrine.
The Sanctum sanctorum has 4 faced #Mukhalinga, #Sadjyota, #Vamdev, #Tatpurusha, #Aghora & #Ishana.
This Mukhalinga is #Budhnilkantha in the complex & is 5 faced.
The Western entrance of #Pashupatinath has an immense bronze #Nandi facing the Sanctum Sanctorum.
Most unique part is the Priests, they are #Bhattas from mostly Karnataka.
Are not hereditary but selected after rigorous tests in #RgVedic recitation, by #Shankracharya of Sringeri, #Agamas, #PashupatYog by #KashiMath & #Samved by Haridwar.
Only these 4 can touch the Linga.
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