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Nepal Muktinath Yatra - Famous Temple of Nepal





About Muktinath Temple in Nepal

The Muktinath Temple has been a center of devotion for the followers of both Hinduism and Buddhism for thousands of years. This historic temple is more than simply a well-liked tourist attraction; it's also thought to be a location of spiritual enlightenment and inner awakening. The place is known as Mukthinath because it is thought that Lord Sri Vishnu Murthi, Goddess Sri Devi, and Bhoo Devi gave Jeevan Mukthi here. 

The words "Mukti" and "Nath," which together make up the term "Muktinath" (or “Mukthinath”), are Sanskrit terms that denote “Salvation” and “God” respectively. Hence, the Muktinath Temple is known as the temple of Nirvana. One needs to be blessed in order to obtain the darshan of divine presence.

Hindu Vaishnavas regard Sri Muktinath's principal shrine as one of the eight most sacred sites (Svayam Vyakta Ksetras). The others are Badrinath, Pushkar, Naimisharanya, Tirupati, Srirangam, Srimushnam, and Thotadri. The water is distributed via 108 bull faces in the Outside Courtyard (Prakaram). The hallowed Pushkarini waters (Temple Tanks) from the 108 Sri Vaishnava Divya Desams, where devotees take their sacred dip even in below-freezing temperatures, are represented by the 108 pipes of sacred water that run throughout the temple complex.

History of Nepal Muktinath Temple

The Muktinath Nepal history dates back to the nineteenth century. It is stated that Sabarna Prabha, a Nepalese queen, took the initiative to start building this temple. Hindus are thought to have erected this Vishnu temple. A very well-known Tibetan yogi named Shabkar paid a visit to Nepal Muktinath Temple in 1818 and stayed there for several days to get to know the place better. 

According to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Guru Rinpoche (also known as Padmasambhava), the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, is said to have meditated at Muktinath on his route to Tibet. Damodar Kunda, the main source of Shaligram and the Gandaki River, is located close to the Muktinath Temple. The Damodar Kund, also known as "Men-Chu" in Tibetan, is associated with Guru Rinpoche's life and is referred to as the beginning of Mukti Kshetra.

Indian mythology describes a massive conflict between Lord Shiva and Jalandhar (powerful king of asuras). Jalandhar was devious and went too far by attacking Kailash in order to get Parvati (wife of Lord Shiva). Then Jalandhar changed himself and utilised his abilities to imitate Shiva. Due to her spiritual strength, Parvati was able to recognise reality with ease and immediately sought Shiva for assistance. Soon after, they started fighting, but thanks to her wife's loyalty, Jalandhar was largely safe.

Later, other gods make the decision to utilise a small tactic to defeat the significant evil. In order to present himself to Vrinda, Lord Vishnu uses his power to transform into a replica of Jalandhar. Vrinda did not pay attention and acted in the same way as her husband. She, therefore, forsakes Lord Shiva, who then massacres Jalandhar.

When Vrinda finally learns the truth, she curses Lord Vishnu and orders him to live out the rest of his days as Shila (stone). Lord Vishnu then gives birth as Shaligram in the Muktinath region. Vrinda destroys herself after casting a curse, and the Tulsi plant was created from her ashes.

Vrinda is valued and adored by Lord Vishnu because of her fidelity, which greatly impressed him. Consequently, a Tulsi leaf must be present when worshipping the Shaligram.

Significance of Muktinath Nepal Temple

The Muktinath Temple beautifully showcases the interreligious harmony between Hinduism and Buddhism. A Buddhist monk is present at the temple to perform the worship along with a local nun who looks after the prayer rituals (Puja). 

The Temple of Muktinath is the only Divya Desam outside of India and ranks 106 out of 108 Divya Desams in Hinduism. It is one of the Char Dham in Nepal and is referred to as Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "liberation arena" (moksh).

There are scripts in the Vishnu Purana and the Gandaki Mahathmya that explain the significance of the temple. According to Sri Vaishnava literature, Thiru Saligramam is its earliest name The Saligram Shila, the non-anthropomorphic image of Vishnu, is thought to have solely come from the neighbouring Gandaki river.

Muktinath is one of the 24 Tantric sites and a significant location for dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers, among Tibetan Buddhists. They recognise the murti of Muktinath temple as a manifestation of Avalokitevara, who represents the Buddhas' collective compassion. It is referred to as Chumig Gyatsa by Buddhists; the Tibetan name for it is Hundred Waters.

Location of Muktinath Temple in Nepal 

The Mukthinath Temple lies tucked away in Nepal's Muktinath Valley, at the base of the Thorong La mountain pass in Mustang. It is adjacent to the village of Ranipauwa in the Annapurna area of Nepal. The Muktinath Temple is visited by International tourists mainly when going for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

The Muktinath Dham is situated at a height of 3,800 meters above sea level which makes it one of the highest temples in the world. The Temple of Muktinath has a stunning backdrop of the Tibetian plains to the north and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain to the south.

How to reach Muktinath Nepal Temple?

Muktinath Dham is one of the most visited temples in Nepal. It can be visited in the following ways: 

Nepal Mukthinath Mandir by Road- 

Visiting Muktinath Dham by road takes 2 nights by the route Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom - Muktinath. Kathmandu to Muktinath distance is about 400 km. By taking the Prithvi Highway from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then passing through the towns of Beni, Tatopani, Ghasa, Marpha, Jomsom, and Kagbeni, you can get to the Muktinath Temple.

Muktinath Temple of Nepal by Flight-

The nearest airport to Muktinath Temple is Jomsom. There are no direct flights available from Kathmandu to Muktinath. One needs to first reach Pokhara and then take a flight to Jomsom. The aerial distance between Pokhara and Jomsom is 68 kilometers and Nepal Muktinath Yatra Tour by Flight can be done in 1 night from Pokhara. 

Muktinath Nepal Temple by Helicopter-

A helicopter tour from Kathmandu to Muktinath Temple is also available. It takes just one and a half hours to reach Nepal Ka Muktinath Mandir by helicopter. You can now easily go from Ranipauwa to the Muktinath Temple with a hike of 30 minutes approx.

Nepal Jomsom Muktinath Trek-

The Adventure enthusiasts take up the Trip to Muktinath by trek. The Muktinath Temple tour may be completed in 7 nights by hiking for an average of 7 to 8 hours per day. One has to first reach Pokhara and then begin the trek from Nayapul and cross places such as Ulleri, Ghorepani Poonhill, Tatopani, Ghasa, and Marpha to reach Muktinath Temple via Jomsom and Kagbeni.

Muktinath Permit Nepal

The Muktinath Temple is located in a trekking and conservation area. Thus, two permits are needed in order to enter this zone. One is known as the Trekker's Information Management System Permit, and the other is known as the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP) (TIMS). Those who are visiting the Muktinath Temples must have these two permissions because it is prohibited to access this area without them.

Muktinath Nepal Weather and Temperature

Being located at an altitude of 3800 meters, Muktinath is a cold place. One gets to experience typical high-terrain weather in this winding valley. 

Summers in Muktinath Nepal

March to June is the summer season in Muktinath Dham. This is one of the best times to visit the Muktinath Temple and explore the magnificent surrounding. The temperature during these months remains moderate with the maximum temperature is going up to 32 degrees celsius.

Monsoon in Nepal Muktinath

July and August are the monsoon months in Muktinath Dham. The common characteristics of the monsoon season is Rain showers and unexpected sudden weather changes can be observed.

The Post monsoon months September and December are another time when the Mukthinath Temple is flooded with devotees who come to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu. The weather during this time is cool and pleasant. 

Winters in Muktinath Nepal

The Winter season in Muktinath Dham is from November to February. Snowfall normally occurs in the month of January and February making the fall up to minus 19 degrees Celcius. The region around Muktinath Temple will be covered by white sheet of snow. 

Being one of the most famous religious and tourist locations in Nepal, Muktinath Temple receives thousands of visitors every year. The best time to visit Muktinath Vishnu Temple is in the months of March, April, May, June, September, October & November when the weather is clear.

Muktinath Temple Timing 

The Muktinath Temple of Nepal can be visited from 5 am to 12 noon in the morning and 2 pm to 9 pm in the evening. There are various special rituals performed in the Muktinath Dham.

The Hindu devotees ensure to pay a visit to the Muktinath Temple on Hindu festivals such as Rishi Tarpani (Janai Purnima), Ram Navami and Vijaya Dashami (Dashain). Festivals such as Lhosar, Toranla, Bak chhap (Lama Dance festival), Yartung during August/ September are important times for Buddhists to gather and make special prayers.     

Muktinath Temple Tour Package 

The Muktinath Yatra Tour Package generally starts from Kathmandu and ends at Kathmandu. The duration and cost of Muktinath Yatra depends on the mode of travelling. 

The pilgrims are provided with utmost comfort and countless memories with the Muktinath tour package provided by Trip To Temples. The devotees get a chance to visit Muktinath temple along with some other prominent places of Nepal such as Pokhara and Jomsom. The famous spots covered during the trip to Muktinath Dham are such as Pashupati Nath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Jal Narayan Vishnu Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Pokhara Lake, Annapurna range, Manokamna Temple,  Kali Gandaki River,  Damodar Kund and others. 

If you wish to visit Muktinath in Nepal while on your trip to Kailash Mansarovar, then Muktinath Dham Tour can be completed in 4 nights and 5 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. In case the pilgrims only want to visit Muktinath Temple, then the Muktinath Tour Package is for 5 nights and 6 days. 

For more details on Nepal Muktinath Tour Package, visit https://www.triptotemples.com/nepal/muktinath-tour or Call / SMS Muktinath on 9911937751.

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