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Published: April 7th 2013
crematorium for the rich
Pasupathinath, is one of the significant sacred Hindu place in praise of Lord Shiva, the temple served as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pasupathinath. Shree Pashupatinath, therefore, means the Respected Protector and Lord of all living things. It is nestled on the banks of Bagmati River. There are many Lingams displayed on the hills facing the crematory area. When I went there I saw some activities of cremation going on. My new friend, Mr Nainna showed me the place where cremation took place. It was sad to see the dead and the mourners, spending some moments with the decease for the last time was actually quite painful. But what more painful for me to see was the river dried up totally really hit my heart. "Where did the water go?" I came to hear more shocking news that there are two sides of cremation, one for the poor and the other for the rich, divided by the bridge but sharing the same river. Of course, the rich people tend to occupy a better place where the temple is situated, a much cooler area; there is some water in the river better than the other side. I came to a
conclusion, the river is divided with caste and status. This is unbelievable!
Foreigners are not allowed to enter the main temple even if you have accepted Hinduism in your life.
There were a few Sadhus seen in Pasupathinath. There were known to be the holy people, lived in isolation in temples, to achieve their practice to liberation but behind the painted faces, one never knows how pious they are until you approach them. On Shivaratri Festival, they smoke grass and drugs to get high. they claimed thats the way to Nirvana. Good Luck! Many any tourists love to take pictures of them because they have this unique symbolic painted features and designs (obviously Hindu) on their faces, bright saffron outfits, a three pounds lock of hair tied and rolled to stack up high on their heads or simple let loose when he wishes, that they belong to the sages but this soon became a turn-off for me because these Sadhus demanded money for a photo taken, a RS100 each face.
I made a bargain with the pairs, an Rs100 for two persons, that’s Rs50-50. Surprising they agreed. Maybe they needed the money (who does not), hopefully for
the river dried up, crematorium site for poor families
good reasons. Most importantly I got the pictures for my album. A small price indeed for good shots.
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