Why to visit Muktinath; a religious places of Nepal??
Muktinath is the most religious site for both Hindus and Buddhist. Muktinath lies at the Muktinath valley at an altitude of 3710 m in Mustang, Nepal. Mukti means “salvation”, and Nath means “God”. In Hinduism, Muktinath is popular as “Mukti Kshetra”. It means that al the sins that people have committed will be removed if one has visited the Temple. It is also one of the 51 Shakti peethams. For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath is a very important place of dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers, and one of the 24 Tantric places. They understand the Statue to be a manifestation of Avalokiteśvara, who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas.
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Here are reasons for why to visit Muktinath: a religious places of Nepal?
1. A religious place:
As we have already mentioned, Muktinath is the famous religious place for Hindus and Buddhist. It is the most sacred place for as People believed that all the sins he/she have committed will go way if they visit the temple once in their life time. For Buddhist, it is sacred as the Statue in the temple is the manifestation of Avalokitesvara.
There are 2 ponds in front of the temple name of Laxmi saraswoti kunda, it also named Mukti Kunda. People believe that all the sins will go away with the with dip in the pond.
3. Mukti Dhara:
There are 108 waterspouts (Dhara) name of “Muktidhara” beside the temple. The 108 faucets in the cast in the shape of bulls’ heads, pour fourth-sacred water. Pilgrims who visit the temple take a holy bath in each of these spouts. But as the water is too cold, it requires burning desire and courage to take a holy bath there. Similarly, Hindu devotees take bath under chilled water of 108 waterspouts “Muktidhara” believing that it brings them salvation. Aslo it is believed that the deity was originated from Jumla, far western part of Nepal. In Janai Purnima, Buddhist’s Yar tang Mala celebrates here.
4. Mharme Lha Khang Gompa:
Mharme Lha Khang Gomba is situated to the North of Muktinath Temple. You can go theres ater the POOJa is completd on the Muktinath temple. Mharme Lha Khang means the thousand holy lamps. As this monastery dedicated to Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) with his huge clay image is placed center of altar along with bon deities: red Trakpo at right side and blue singe Doma at left side. Since Singe doma is lion headed deity, Hindu worships as Narasimha and name of monastry Narsingh Gompa.
Another attraction for the pilgrimage is the Shaligram from River kali Gandaki. One may find a fossil within a few minutes or it may take hours and without success. However, you can buy from the local people at a price. Shaligram, a black stone fossil if found, is considered sacred and is kept in pooja (prayer) room in the house. Due to which, it is considered as symbol of Lord Vishnu.
There are other famopus Gomba Samba, a “newly built monastery, Jwala Mai Temple which will surely lure you.