Muktinath

Muktinath

 

 

Muktinath Temple is situated in the Mustang district of Nepal on the Muktinath Valley on an altitude of 3, 800 meters. This is a place worshipped by both the Hindus and Buddhists and both of them hold the lord and temple with significance importance and well accredited in each of their mythology.

 

Lord Vishnu / Vaishnava is worshipped in the temple and the idol inside temple is that of Lord Vishnu. As per the Hindu religion, Muktinath is regarded as one among the 8 most holy places for the Hindu Viashnavas. Muktinath is one among the 108 Divya Desams, or temples of the Lord Vishnu; this has a mention in the works of Tamil Azhwars (12 supreme devotees of Lord Vishnu) in their compilation called Nalayira Divya Prabandham. The Hindus also call this place as Mukti Kshetra. Muktinath is also considered to be one of the 51 Shakti Peeths which means a holly place of Shakti Devi. While Lord Shiva was carrying the corpse of Sati Devi, her body parts were believed to have fallen and thus becoming a sacred place of Shakti Devi.

 

The outer side and the walls that surround that main temple has 108 stream water flowing that comes straight from the Himalayas. The water is of freezing temperature, as cold as ice. Devotees generally take a bath from the live stream water as it is believed to give Moksha /Mukti. The no 108 is of huge relevance to the Hindus, there are total 108 Vishnu temples (Divya Desham) and it is believed that this 108 live stream waters flowing from the 108 bull faces is connected to the rest of temple or believed to be the main source of their holy water.

 

In Hindu religion there are 12 zodiac signs and 9 graha / planets, the combination of this is 108. There are also 27 Nakshyatra , divided into 4 padas, even the combination of this gives the number 108.

 

To build a Vishnu temple, one needs to have Saligram / Sila to make the Vishnu idol. The Saligram is a black looking and shining stone and very unique in its appearance.

 

The idol of Muktinath is also made of Saligram. The Kali Gandaki River, which flows below the Muktinath Valley, has Saligram / Sila in plenty of quanity. This stone is available in plenty in that river. The devotees generally collect Salgram from there. In ancient times, Muktinath is also referred as Thiru Saligramam.

 

 

 

Another point of significance for the Hindu is a place called Kagbeni, which is a little before Muthinath along the Kali Gandaki River. It is widely believed that Lord Sri Ram, had done the Pinda Daan at this very place. So after the most preferred venue of Gaya and Allahbad, Kagbeni is also considered to be an important place to do Pind daan.

 

The Buddhist also has a huge importance for Muktinath Temple and worships this place. They call this Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa (Means hundred waters). This is an important place for the Dakini / Goddess and they consider Muktinath to be one among their 24 tantric places or Vajrayana which is considered as one of the three ways to find enlightenment. The Tibetan Buddhism mentions that their Guru Rimponche, also known as Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism had meditated at Muktinath while on his way to Tibet.

 

Muktinath, is situated in the Annapurna ranges of Himalayan ranges in Mustang district of Nepal. It is just below the Thorong La Pass and is an altitude of 3800 metres. Earlier, it was very difficult to reach Muktinath as there were no roads and one needed to walk or trek on the mighty Himalayan ranges. However, in the last 4 or 5 years there are some roads made and accessibility has become better. One can now go to Kathmandu, then to Pokhara and from Pokhara can take flight or road transport to reach a small town called Jomsom and from there use available jeeps to reach Muktinath.

Freequintly Asked Quistion About Muktinath (FAQ)

 

The questions that can be arise in you while in your Muktinath tour. The FAQs that mention below are:
1: What kind of seasons is good to visit Muktinath Temple? 
= The best seasons to visit Muktinath is Sept to Oct & Feb to May.
2: What kind of hotel is provided?
=The hotel with the best service is provided to you.
3: What kind of dress to be packed?
= The warm clothes to keep your body warm from cold.
4: Can we go Muktinath Temple by trekking, flight or by vehicle?
= Obiously it depend on you how wanna go to Muktinath Temple. You can go by trekking, by flight and by vehicle on the sharing basis if you go by jeep then. Or you can visit by your private vehicles too.
5: What kind of food is served?
= Mainly we focus to prepare Nepali Khana. It depends on what kind of food is served on the basis where we stay.
6: Does we have to pay entry charges?
=No you don’t have to pay the entry charges.
7: What are the main attractions of Muktinath Temple?
=The main attraction of Muktinath Temple are Kunda, Jwala mai Temple, Gomba Samba, Swaminarayan, Shaligram.
8: Does any religion people can visit the temple?
=All kind of religion people can visit freely.
9: If the flight has been cancelled then what is another option?
= If the flight has been canceled then we arrange as you want other you want to stay in Muktinath and wait for tomorrow flight or move to Pokhara by jeep.
10: The water of there will be pure to drink?
=The water of here is not pure to drink, so use the hot water of use water purifier medicines.

 

 

 

 

Muktinath Temple is located at the laps of snowcapped mountains at Thorong-La mountain pass at an altitude of
3710 meters above sea level in Mustang district of Nepal. This temple is covered in one of the famous trekking route
of Annapurna Circuit.
Option 01:
By Road - 2 nights (Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom - Muktinath)
Muktinath Temple can be accessed by road way from Kathmandu to Pokhara following the Prithivi Highway after
that crossing Beni, Tatopani, Ghasa, Marpha, Jomsom and Kagbeni.
First halt: Muktinath Yatra via road begins from Pokhara and will be the good idea to spend one overnight which is
206 km far from Kathmandu, 910 meters above sea level and journey takes around 7 hours. Road are blacktop and
comfortable for the journey. Whereas, Pokhara is easily accessible by 25 minutes flight from Kathmandu. You can
easily find different catogories hotel from standard to five star level as per your choice. Most of the popular hotels,
shopping center and restaurant are located near Lakeside and they do accept the major Credit Card, Visa Card,
Master Card, AMX, and more. You can enjoy varities of foods with live music and cutural dance shows in diffrent
restaurant here.
Second halt: Pokhara to Muktinath by road might needs one night stop at Jomsom which is located at an altitude of
2734 meters and 170 km far from Pokhara. Roads upto Beni – 100 km are blacktop and comfortable for the journey
whereas next 70 km upto Jomsom are off road. It might take 8/9 hours to reach at Jomsom. Please do not expect for
the star hotel here. Jomsom is also connected via air way from Pokhara. 15 minutes flight from Pokhara will take you
to the Jomsom. And on the same day you can visit Muktinath Temple and return back to Jomsom as well.
On the very next day morning, walk for 25 minutes to catch a Jeep then 1:30 hour drive to Ranipauwa - Jeep Station
at Muktinath Temple (3710m) and again hike for 25 minutes till the temple entrance. Have darshan/pooja at temple
and either return directly to Pokhara or halt at Beni.

Option 02:

By Flight - 1 night (Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom - Muktinath)
Jomsom is the nearer airport to reach Muktinath Temple. There is no direct flight from Kathmandu. First, take flight
to Pokhara, then to Jomsom. Since, Jomsom is the windy place; flights are operated in the early morning only if the
weather permits. Sometimes flight might get canceled due to bad weather. So, one night stay at Pokhara is must and
takes next day morning flight to Jomsom. 18 seats Twin Otter plane carries passengers in this route.
Option 03: By Helicopter - 1:30 hours (Kathmandu - Muktinath)
Muktinath Yatra by helicopter is operated from Kathmandu. Muktinath Temple is in just one and half hour flying
distance by helicopter. The helipad is located at Ranipauwa. From here the temple can be reached via 30 minutes
walking. Perform pooja/darshan at the temple and fly back to Kathmandu.
Option 04: By Trek - 7 nights
Muktinath Temple can also be visited via adventurous trek. Fist get yourself at Pokhara and trek starts from Nayapul
(1 hr drive) following overnight stay at Tikhedunga, Ghorepani, Tatopani, Ghasa, Marpha, Kagbeni then to
Muktinath. The average walking duration are 7 to 8 hours per day.
What permits are required to visit this temple?
Muktinath Temple lies in conservation and trekking zone. So, two permits are required to enter in this area. One is
Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP) and another is Trekker's Information Management System
Permit (TIMS). It is restricted to enter in this zone without collecting these two permits.
What are the best months to visit?
March, April, May, June, September, October and November are the best time to visit Muktinath. During these
months weather will be clear and snowcapped mountains can be observed closely

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Trip Facts

Country: Nepal
 District: Mustang 
Altitude: 3710 meter
 Distance: 406 km from Kathmandu  and 200 km from Pokhara
Nearest Airport: Jomsom 
Name in Hindu: Mukti Kshetra
 Name in Buddhist: Chumig Gyatsa
Divya Desam (premiumtemples): 106th 
Shakti Peethams:  51
God Worshipped : Vishnu

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