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Pashupatinath area in a panoramic view

Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple located on the banks of the holy waters of the Bagmati river is the largest temple complex in Nepal. It serves the Hindu god of destruction Shiva, also referred to as Pashupatinath.

The exact date of the construction of the site is uncertain, however, the earliest evidence of the temple's existence stretches back to 400 A.D. The temple was later renovated by the Malla kings and the present form of the main temple was built in the end of the 17th century that was said to have been destroyed by the termites.

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The silver doors of the temple with panels depict various legends of the goddess Karni.

India is a country of diversity with many religions, languages, cultures, cuisines, etc. From which Hinduism is one of the most widely followed religions of the country. The fundamental elements of Hinduism are spirituality and symbolism which deeply incorporate animals into the Hindu belief. Animals have been reckoned as channels for love and unity, symbols of the culture and impetuses of growth, by many ancient Indian literary texts. It is believed that an animal's life has equal value and worth as that of a human. There are various instances in the Indian literary texts where animals were represented as the incarnations of Gods stressing the importance of animals even more. Among the prominent seats of religion in India is the legendary Karni Mata Temple in Bikaner.

Karni Mata temple or the "temple of rats" is a famous temple situated at Deshnoke, a semi- town which is located 30 km away from Bikaner in Rajasthan, India. The temple is known all over India and the world for housing over 20,000 black rats inside the temple. The rats that live inside the temple are revered and served by devotees from all over the world. The rats are considered holy and are called "kabbas" meaning little children and none of the rats are hostile towards the visitors and devotees. People from far-off places come to visit this temple and pay their respect to these rats and pray for their desires to turn into reality. The temple witnesses a large number of visitors and curious tourists from all over India just owning to the presence of these "rats".

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Murudeshwar Temple, Karnataka

Murudeshwar Temple is located in Karnataka, and is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on all the three sides.

The entrance of the temple is called the 'gopura', and it stands at 123 feet, and visitors can also witness the breathtaking view of the Lord Shiva statue from the top of the gopura.

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Khajuraho Temples in Chattarpur, Madhya Pradesh

The Khajuraho Temples are located in the Chattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, India. These temples are associated with two religions, namely, Hinduism and Jainism. Interestingly, this site has been well recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and was given the title of “World Heritage Site" by the organisation.

It is believed that these temples were built between 885 AD and 1050 AD by the Chandela Dynasty.Now, who were the Chandelas? An interesting story is on its way for you. Once there was a woman, named Hemvati, who was very beautiful and gorgeous, hailed from modern day Varanasi. It is believed that Hemvati was the daughter of a priest.One day, while she was bathing in the nearby village pond, Lord Chandra, the God of the Moon, became enchanted by her beauty, and decided to spend the night with her in human form. Following this event, Hemvati became pregnant in the morning.

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