Muktinath, a spiritual place for both Hindus and Buddhists, is located at a height of about 3,710 meters close to the village of Ranipauwa, which itself is sometimes mistakenly called as Muktinath by people. It is located at the foot of Thorang La mountain which is the part of Himalayas, Mustang, Nepal. This place was anciently known as Thiru Saligramam. It is called as Chumig Gyatsa by the extreme Buddhists.
Reaching the Temple
The basic ways to reach Muktinath temple are two, either via flight or road or jeep or hiking or trekking. The most convenient and easy way to reach Muktinath is through the route of Pokhara to Jomsom by flight. It depends on where you are actually standing. If you are near Kathmandu then simply fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, then fly from Pokhara to Jomsom airport, which will take 30 minutes. then, you can hire a jeep here and travel all the way to Muktinath, which hardly takes one and a half hour. It just requires some religious spirit if you do not like traveling. If you want to go by jeep or bus then it will take you seven to eight hours from Pokhara to Jomsom and if you want to go for trekking then it will take you seven to eight days from Pokhara to Jomsom through Kali-Gandaki Valley. You can also use helicopter service if you want to reach early to Muktinath but this will cost you some extra bucks.
Visiting Muktinath is like experiencing the heaven on earth. The beautiful Himalayas that surround the place and the pleasant weather make it look even more good. When one visits Muktinath, he cannot take his eyes away from the beauty within it and around it. Mountain biking is the best activity to do in Mustang, Muktinath. Muktidhara is among the attractions of Muktinath. 108 waterspouts behind the temple make it a more beautiful place to visit for. Pilgrims take a holy bath from the water flowing through the mouths of these spouts. Although the water flowing from them is quite cold, the pilgrims take bath considering it as a religious duty and believe that it will bring them salvation. Watching this will be a ravishing scene for you. Pilgrims take holy dips in the great two Kundas in front of the temple, known as Saraswoti and Laxmi kunda, which they believe wash away any negative karma that might be in them. People then visit Mharme Lha Khang Gumba, after offering their prayers and pujas, which is a monastery.
There is also a great monument at Muktinath of the Lord Shri Swami Narayan, built by his followers in the year 2003. He was the founder of Sabij Yoga and his goal was to realize and to serve God’s supremacy. He practiced penance for two and a half month in the end of 18th century in Muktinath and also meditated there.
Nuns at Muktinath manage pujas and all the other activities and events that take place in the Muktinath. Offering Prasad to the deity is a normal and usual act there in Muktinath. People worship Lord Vishnu by those Shaligram stones which surround the whole river bed.
Events and Festivals
Major events taking place in Muktinath include Rishitarpani, Ram Nawami, and Vijaya Dashami. All the pilgrims celebrate these events with full zeal, zest and devotion. Temple contains the statues of Vishnu and Shri Mukti Narayana, who are worshiped by the pilgrims. There are also the bronze images of other goddesses like Bhoodevi, Saraswati, Janaki (Sita), Garuda, Lava-Kusa, Sapta Rishis and a lot others, watching them you can get a wonderful feeling. This place is opened throughout the year.