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  Giving Tika at a Dhulikhel Mandir
by SumTingWong
 
 

Anybody may enter the grounds of a Hindu temple, but going inside the actual temple buildings themselves is reserved for Hindus only (with a few acceptations - I can only think of two times in which I was allowed to enter really inside of a Hindu temple, both in Dhulikhel). Although for the most part you won't be able to enter a Hindu temple unless you are Hindu, just going to the parts of one where you can roam around freely is awesome. The most famous Hindu Temple in Nepal would have to be Pashupatinath, in Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is a huge Shiva Temple (Shiva Mandir), with many sadhus and devotees, and although non-Hindus cant get inside of the temple's indoor buildings, one can spend literally hours exploring the surrounding areas.
Note that Hindu temples are always associated with a certain god or topic and that Hindu temples are called "mandir" as opposed to Tibetan Buddhist temples, which are called "stupa".

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  • Written Dec 10, 2003
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