Photo of the Week: Human Cremation in Kathmandu, Nepal

Pashupatinath Hindu Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu is one of the biggest Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva in the world. It is the holiest Hindu temple in all of Nepal and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with a few other legendary temples in Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath is celebrated for its human cremations that take place on the Ghats of the Bagmati River in eastern Kathmandu. The river is considered sacred because it eventually flows into the Ganges River in India, ultimately reaching the holy city of Varanasi.

The human body, which is resting on the platform underneath the bright yellow cloth, is burned and the ashes are eventually pushed into the river below.

We were not able to enter the actual temple itself, because non-Hindu’s are not allowed. Instead, tourists and foreigners must stay on the opposite side of the river, where this photo was captured.

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