Hindu funeral at Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal.
Dozens of Hindu funerals take place every day at Pashupatinath Temple by the Bagmati River in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The largest temple complex in Nepal dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the most powerful Hindu deities.
Attending this ceremony, as to any other type of funeral, it’s a sad experience, yet it’s included in any one-day trip’s itinerary of Kathmandu.
In my opinion, the saddest moment of the whole Hindu funeral is when the female family members salute the dead for the last time. Then the male members take the defunct to the Smashan, the Hindu cremation ground.
As my guide explains to me, women symbolise birth and for that reason they cannot enter to the Smashan area, which instead it symbolises death.
Following there is a collection of photos I took during a Hindu funeral that I hope you may find interesting.
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