The Muktinath Temple is considered one of the famous pilgrimage sites, which is itself a symbol of the religious symbiosis between both Hindus and Buddhists. Located at an altitude of 3710 meters above sea level and situated 24 km northeast direction of Jomson, Muktinath Temple is a holy shrine that is said to have arisen on its own as one of the 108 Vaishnava shrines. There is a popular belief among the Hindus that lord Vishnu got salvation from the curse of Brinda (wife of Jalandhar) here. Therefore, it is named as Muktinath-Lord of Liberation. Apart from being a pilgrimage site, it is popular for its scenic beauty. Against a backdrop of incredible starkness, you can calmly sit to enjoy the view of the snow-capped Annapurna range or the north Tibetan plateau.
Importance of Visiting Muktinath Temple
According to the popular myth, everybody in the world wants to get rid of the cycle of birth and rebirth to attain salvation or Nirvana. A visit to Muktinath Temple in Nepal will help you to achieve this goal. There are 108 waterspouts named Muktidhara and two Kunda. It is believed that taking a bath in these waterspouts as well as in the Kundas will help you to achieve salvation. The Muktinath Temple is also one of the eight shrines, namely Tripati, Srimushnam, Pushkaram, Srinagaram, Thothadri and Naimisaranyam. Additionally, it is also one of the 51 Shakti Pitha goddess sites. Sanskrit name itself has religious overtone. Similarly, Buddhists call Muktinath ‘Chumig Gyatsa’ (places of 108 waterspouts). The term ‘Mukti’ means Salvation or Nirvana, and ‘Nath’ refers to God or Master. Thousands of devotees visit Muktinath Temple to attain salvation or peace of mind each year. Moreover, the unique Tibetan culture also attracts many tourists to Muktinath Temple.
How to Reach Muktinath Temple
- By Helicopter: From the Kathmandu Airport, you can visit Muktinath Temple easily in just one and a half hours by helicopter.
- By Road and Flight: You can also make a comfortable journey to Muktinath Temple by road and then by scheduled flight. First, you have to take a road journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara (206 km), which takes around 6 hours. Next morning you can make your trip by flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, which takes around 15-20 minutes. Then take a jeep to reach the shrine.
- By Road: First, take a jeep from Kathmandu to Pokhara (206 Km), which takes around 6 hours, then drive from Pokhara to Jomsom (170 Km) which takes around 9 hours. Next drive from Jomsom to Muktinath.
- By Flight: From Kathmandu airport, you have to fly Pokhara, which takes around 25 minutes. Then fly to Jomson from Pokhara. Then cover the rest distance by driving towards Muktinath Temple.
Visit Muktinath Temple Safely During COVID-19 Situation
The Muktinath Temple is now open for the visitors with the following guidelines:
- Visitors must carry the COVID-19 PCR negative report with them.
- A COVID-19 vaccination card is needed to enter in Mustang District.
- Every visitor must use musk and maintain a proper social distancing.
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