Bathing and Cremation Ghat, Pashpatti
Photographer: Herzog and Higgins
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from an album of 30 prints credited to Herzog and Higgins, taken in ca. 1901 and part of the Curzon Collection. A view of bathing and cremation ghats [stepped embankments] on the bank of the Bagmati River in Nepal, at the Pashupatinath complex. The Bagmati river is a branch of the Ganges and is the sacred river of Nepal. The steps lead to the Pashupatinath Temple on top of the ghat. The holiest Hindu shrine in Nepal, the temple is dedicated to Shiva worshipped in his form as Pashupati, Lord of Animals. Inscriptions date it from the 5th century AD but it is believed to be even older, although restored and rebuilt over the centuries, the last major restoration being in the late 17th century.