Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered puja at the famous 5th century Pashupatinath temple here on the second and last day of his maiden visit to Nepal. Modi was at the temple of Lord Shiva for about 45 minutes on a day which is considered pious as it was a Monday that falls in the month of ‘Shravan’. He donated 2500 kgs of chandan (sandalwood) to the Pashupatinath Temple trust.
The Hindu temple is located on the banks of the Bagmati River in Deopatan, a village 3 km northwest of Kathmandu. It is dedicated to a manifestation of Shiva called Pashupati (Lord of Animals). It attracts thousands of pilgrims each year, mostly from India.
There are a lot of Indian pujaris at the temple. There is a tradition of keeping four priests and one chief priest at the temple from among the Bramhins of south India for centuries.