Pashupatinath temple unharmed in Nepal's quake

Published on April 28, 2015 04:02:02 AM
The famous 5th century Pashupatinath Temple here has survived the massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that flattened several World Heritages like iconic Dharhara tower and Darbar Square in Nepal.

"The Pashupatinath Temple is safe, we have checked the shrine many times and it has developed no cracks,” a devotee at the temple said. The temple, one of the seven monument groups in UNESCO's designation of Kathmandu Valley as a cultural heritage site, is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu whose existence dates back to 400 AD. People performing last rites at Pashupatinath Temple and relatives are jostling for space in the vast area inside the temple premises.

However, lack of adequate space forced hundreds to perform the last rites outside the designated spots.  As the death toll rises, the authorities are working on disposing of the bodies as quickly as possible to prevent a health hazard. The sacred Hindu temple is dedicated to Pashupatinath  is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. It suffered minor cracks on its boundary wall when the quake jolted Nepal.