The buildings and street layout of the Pasupatinath Temple was used in the video game Commandos 2: Men of Courage in one stage of the game, “Target: Burma”. But the heritage site was a venue to display another heritage – the sport of kabaddi – in conjunction with the World Heritage Day today.
Members of the University Sports Association of Nepal with World Kabaddi University Sports Commission Chairman Purna Singh Bohara took the opportunity to display kabaddi at the site.
World Heritage Day is observed every year on April 18 to preserve the human heritage and recognize the efforts of the organizations working for it.
The day is celebrated to maintain the legacy and save the rich heritage which has been given to us by our ancestors.
World Kabaddi sees the correlation between the age old sport of kabaddi and the World Heritage Day celebrations.
Kabaddi is said to have been invented close to 5,000 years ago and is currently played in more than 50 countries around the world.
What better way than to celebrate this great event by showcasing this sport at world heritage locations around the world.
The Pasupatinath Temple Complex is an extensive and sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries along the banks of the Bagmati river in Kathmandu, Nepal and is included as one of the seven monument groups in UNESCO’s designation of Kathmandu Valley.
The temple complex was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1979.
The absolute date of the Pashupatinath temple construction is still uncertain but is said to have been in existence since 400 BC. The present form was constructed in 1692 A.D.
Over time, many areas of the complex been erected around this two-storied temple. These include the Vaishnava temple complex from the 14th century and the Guhyeshwari Temple is mentioned in an 11th-century manuscript.
It is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu.T he area of Pashupatinath encompasses 0.64 hectares of land including 518 temples and monuments.
The main temple complex of Pashupatinath and the sanctum sanctorum was left untouched but some of the outer buildings in the World Heritage Site were damaged by the April 2015 Nepal earthquake.
World Kabaddi members are encouraged take photos and videos at heritage locations in their own countries to celebrate the World Heritage Day.
Sent us the videos, Photographs and a brief about the location, and we will feature the same in our website and social media platform.