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Nepal - Final tribute #11

Posted by
: Helen : (Helen is photographing in, Australia) on 11 November 2015 in Lifestyle & Culture.

*** Series - Nepal - Final tribute ***

Pashupatinath, Nepal

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 legend

"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."

Extract from "How Did Pashupatinath Temple Survive the Great Earthquake of Nepal?" Read more ...

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Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

rich culture.....

11 Nov 2015 8:34am

Gérard from Marseille, France

Rarely photographed scene. Touching farewell

11 Nov 2015 12:01pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A Touching image and so interesting tradition!

11 Nov 2015 4:32pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful angle, frame, colors & lights!
A M A Z I N G !

12 Nov 2015 8:38am

Devi from Chennai, India

Interesting info along with great images Helen...

12 Nov 2015 10:11am

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12 Nov 2015 4:32pm

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