Muktinath is a sacred place which is close to the village Ranipauwa. Ranipauwa is often mistaken as Muktinath but it is not. Both Hindus and Buddhist living in the Muktinath valley has belief on the Muktinath temple. In Hindu, the Muktinath temple is known as “MuktiKshetra” which means “the place of salvation”.
Muktinath temple is considered to be 106th among the 108 Divya Desam and also one of the 51 Shakti Peethams. The temple is dedicated to God Vishnu and is one of the most ancient Hindu Temples. The temple has 108 stone faucets having the shape of the head of bulls. The water coming out of the faucets are said to be sacred symbolizing all the sacred Pushkarini waters from all the 108 Sri VaishnavaDivyaDesams. The water is freezing cold and the devotees take bath in that water as it is said that taking bath in the sacred water washed out your sins.
The temple contains a human-sized golden statue of Vishnu as Sri Mukti Narayan.
The temple has bronze images of Bhoodevi, the goddess Saraswati and Sita, Garudaa, Lava-Kusa, and the Sapta Rishis.
There is a riverbed downstream of Kali Gandaki from Muktinath which is the sole source of the rare Shaligram stone.
In this temple, you can see the harmony between Buddhist and Hindu religion.
How To Get There
You can take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then to Jomson. From there you can trek all the way to Muktinath. You can also go by helicopter or motorbike. It is recommended to go to Muktinath from March to June because the weather can be very cold.