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Glimpses and Reflections of Pashupatinath

I swear I am not a religious person by heart but Shutterbug I have inside compels me to visit the Pashupatinath once in a while to click pictures. And this time it was to assist a friend mine who recently had week long photography training and very keen to seed photographer’s eyes. Let me take this pleasure sharing you some ‘Glimpses and Reflection’ that I was able to capture.


Along the shores of the Bagmati river near the temple lies “Aarya Ghat”, the most widely used place of cremation.


Pashupatinath is the biggest Hindu temple of Lord Shiva in the world temple. This temple is located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu and people especially Hindu devotees consider it as grate fortune as well as bliss being able to visit the temple to offer pujas and payers but in contrary I dwell no such sentiment. Visiting Pashupatinath for me is to flashback those members of my families and friends I bid farewell with a wrenched heart.


Pashupatinath is regarded as the most sacred among the temples of Lord Shiva. On the day of Shivaratri thousands of devotes even from aboard come to this temple. This temple is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.






99 thoughts on “Glimpses and Reflections of Pashupatinath

  1. Beautiful pictures. Photographer must have watchful eyes to see composition like these. Good job, ShutterBug. Keep it up.

  2. Thank you everyone for the comments.

    Dear Suresh,
    I am not an expert on taking photos of ‘sunlight’ however I can share some of my experiences.
    I have seen many beautiful pictures of sunlight where photographers have captured the light very creatively. Like Lenscape and DreamSky reminded, picture by Digital Monk previously here in LIN is one of such beautiful photos, that lingers in my mind and I always keep wanting to take such photos. I didn’t have any plan to take photos of sunlight that day but as I was walking up toward ‘Mrigasthali’, I saw this beautiful morning sunlight piercing through branches of trees and without any delay I rushed to the right spot and took this shot. ‘Right spot’ from where I won’t get lens flare or harsh light from sun. I have few more shots from different perspectives.

    Without a doubt the perfect time for taking photos of sunlight is at ‘Dawn’ and ‘Dusk’ because the direction sunlight is impressive and often gives warm color ‘golden’. Mist and smoke can also help you capture sunlight more prominently. Most difficult time is at noon because the intensity of light is high and is just overhead.

    ‘Lenscape’ welcome back thought you were lost. 🙂 Numbering the pictures is a good idea so that people like you can give feedback more effectively and easily. Thanks for the suggestion.

    You are correct in the second picture, this boy was trying to collect coins using magnet attached to other end of the rope and at the same time cleaning holi river Bagmati.

    Dear Sangharsha,
    I am aware of this disproportion and no happy 🙁 I have no idea why it is that way. When I view this page using internet explorer there is no such disproportion. May be you can help me fix this error or suggest ways to avoid it. These pictures are in size (Width: 902 and Height: 600) and while I upload them I ticked on full size option. May be I should have ticked medium size while I click the button ‘Insert Picture in post’.

    And how’s your photos from Patan yesterday ‘Kartik Naach’, I know you must have had a tough time finding the right spot and asking crowd to settle down. It was almost midnight when the ‘Naach’ got ended. Hope to share my pictures with you all soon.

    Dear DreamSky
    Thanks for the comment. Sight of those ‘Mriga’ in the ‘Mrigasthali’ is common since it is well fenced and those ‘Mriga’ comes pretty near to people for grazing. Important thing is to get there in early morning when they are very active and move around for grazing. When I took this shot I went very close to the fence and poked my camera lens through the fence and fixed my focus in the track where those ‘Mriga’ generally pass by. I waited about 10-15 minutes ready to push the shutter and my diligence pays off. Without a doubt, a lens with larger focal length would have been much better. I will try this luck next time.

  3. Elegant series of reflections. I’ve never been fortunate to see those ‘Mriga’ in the ‘Mrigasthali’. Thank you for sharing. You must be really close to catch them in this detail with a 55mm.

    About pic 3 & 4, i was also reminded of those pics as Lenscape has mentioned above:) Actually those photographs by Abhishes Joshi and Digital Monk are unforgettable ones for me.

  4. Beautiful shots.
    Recollected the walking trips I used to have to Pashupatinath.

    Good job Shutterbug.

    (I found some of the photos stretched in disproportionate ratios. I’m not sure if you are aware of this.)

  5. Nice as always!!

    Picture 3, reminds me of click by Abhishesh Joshi – The blue sky :-).
    Picture 4, reminds me of the click by Digital Monk – The man is missing though..hehe

    Aaryaghat I guess (not much of bother though).

    2nd last picture, with a boy in yellow. interesting trick it is isn’t it? I was surprised to see for the first time, people collecting coins using long strings attached with magnets.

    Numbering (or labeling) the pictures would have been easier for feedbacks..

    Anyways…Good job, as always.

  6. Loved all the pics. The pic of tree and sunlight passing through the trees were amazing. Can you share tips on composing the the pics of sunlight one.

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