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.
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