Pashupatinath Temple: One of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the world. The two – storied pagoda houses a sacred Clingum or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Although the temple dates back to the 4th century, it was brought into its present shape in the early 18th century. The temple is most noted for its gold-plated roofs and silver-coated doors.
Miniature architecture is part of the religion and rituals of many different cultures. This hanging oil lamp was made for use in a Hindu temple. Its shape closely follows that of the Krishna temple built in 1637 in Patan, Nepal. The four oil trays, pendants, chain and the small birds and animals on the side are additions. Architectural motifs often appear on ritual objects such as incense burners, lamps and shrines.