Muktinath Temple is in the Mustang District, 18 kilometers to the northeast of Jomsom in the west-central part of Nepal, the Muktinath Temple is located at an altitude of 3760 meters on the foot of one of the world’s biggest Thorung-La pass (5416M). It is one of the eight holy shrines which have arisen on its own. The Temple features a beautiful backdrop of the snow-covered Annapurna range to the south and captivating the Tibetian plateau to the north. Pilgrims visit the temple to get rid of the cycle of birth and rebirth and achieve nirvana.
The temple is of huge importance to both the Hindus and the Buddhists as Lord Vishnu is believed to get salvation here, from the curse of Brinda. There are 108 waterspouts in the backyard of the temple name of Muktidhara where frozen water is continuously flowing from the bullhead and two Kunda. According to the common belief, one who takes a bath in the holy water can achieve salvation.
The best time to visit Muktinath Temple includes the months of March, April, May, June, September, October, and November. During these months the weather remains very clear and the snow-capped mountains can be observed at close vicinity.
You can get to Muktinath Temple through air, road, and trekking. Get a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then take another flight to Jomsom. If you are going by road, you can avail of direct Local Bus from Kathmandu to Jomsom and take another Jeep or Bus to Muktinath. The other way is driving via Pokhara and continue to Muktinath by private vehicle. Trekking via regular Annapurna Circuits through the Thorong-La Pass or taking a classic Annapurna Trekking Route from Beni which would take around 5/6 days to reach Muktinath, is an adventurous route to reach Muktinath.
The revered shrine features the metal statues of lord Vishnu, goddess Laxmi, Saraswoti, Janaki, Garuda, Lava-Kush and Sapta Rishis. The main statue of Lord Vishnu is made of gold and stands tall. The two idols of Goddess Laxmi and Goddess Earth stands on the left and right of Lord Vishnu.
The temple features a combination of Hindu and Buddhist priest Dom. The worship rituals are done by Buddhists, in the presence of a Buddhist monk. A local nun is appointing for the management of the pujas and rituals.
The outer courtyard, where the parikrama is conducted, has 108 bull faces through which water is pure. The sacred water that flows in 108 pipes around the temple complex denotes all the sacred Pushkarini waters from all the 108 Sri Vaishnava Divya Desams, where the devotees take their sacred bath even in freezing temperatures.
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