Hindu funeral at Pashupatinath Temple by the Bagmati River. Kathmandu, Nepal.
Dozens of Hindu funerals take place at Pashupatinath Temple by the Bagmati River in Kathmandu in Nepal every day.
It is a sad experience, yet, it is included in any one-day trip’s itinerary of Kathmandu.
In my opinion, the saddest moment of the whole funeral ceremony is seeing the female family members cry and salute the dead for the last time. Then, he or she would be moved to the Smashan, Hindu cremation ground, to be cremated.
As my guide explained to me, women symbolise birth, and for that reason, they are not allowed to enter the Smashan, which instead it symbolises death.
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