*** Series - Nepal - Final tribute ***
The family carry the body to the area immediately in front of the Pashupatinath temple. There lie a slanted stone slabs where the body is lain. The family bathe and cleanse the body with milk that flows from the temple. You can see the milk that runs from an opening just above the slab.
"The Cow legend is perhaps the most famous one. It is believed that Shiva once visited earth in the form of an antelope and roamed around in a forest near Bagmati. Later caught by the gods, Shiva was asked to return to its duty. Shiva refused and thus force had to be used. In this conflict the antelope (disguised Shiva) lost one of its horns and later the very horn was started to be worshipped as a Lingam. Overtime this lingam was buried and lost.
Centuries later, on the very spot where the lingam was buried, came a cow to offer its milk to it every day. A bewildered cowherd who watched this happening in great awe finally gathered some courage to dig the location. This was when the Shiva Linga was found and devotees started worshipping the linga once again."
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