Muktinath Temple is a sacred and holy place that is located above 3750 meters of sea level at the route of Annapurna range; it holds a great significance for Buddhists, Hindu and Vaishnavas due to its historical values. Every year the place is visited by hundreds of pilgrims that come here to attain salvation. The name of the temple shows its importance itself as the name is derived from two diverse words, i.e. Mukti that means Salvation and Nath that means God. The place is also referred as Salagrama by some peoples as various Shaligrams are found around the place, which is measured as an embodiment of God Vishnu that why people take them home to worship them.
History of Muktinath Temple
As per Hindu believe due to Curse of Brinda Lord Vishnu converted into Shaligram and this is the place where he got Salvation from the curse that’s why Lord Visnu is also worshipped as Muktinath (God of Salvation) by Hindus while Buddhists adore Lord Vishnu as Avalokiteshvara (Buddha). Muktinath is a very old Hindu Temple of Lord Vishnu. The murti (statue) of Lord Vishnu is made up of real gold and is very tall. Apart from Lord Vishnu the temple also holds a link with Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva.
In 1815 the structure of this temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu as well as Chenrezig at Chumig Gyatsa was instigated by Queen Subarna Prabha as she measured Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa as Salagrama. As per old myths, Salagrama was the sacred site which was linked to the Gandaki River.
Various saints such as Padmasambhava and Mahasiddhas in different times blessed the places with their visit and meditation. The local people of Nepal refer the temple with name Chumig Gyatsa that means Hundred Waters.
The customary concierges of the temple are Tibetan Buddhist nuns. Tibetan Buddhists believe that the Muktinath Temple houses twenty-one Taras and female goddesses such as Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswati and more as well as it is the home to loads of Dakinis also recognised as Sky Dancers. Sky Dancers are vigorous and lively female beings that are measured to bring the movement of power and vigour in space.
Specialties of Muktinath Temple
The Muktinath Temple come one of amongst the eight most blessed and holy temples for Hindu Vaishnavas that are recognised as Svayam Vyakta Ksetras (Self-developed Places) the other 7 places are
- Badrinath and
The temple is also measured as a Shakti Peetha.
Visitors can see all the important factors of life that are in Muktinath such as earth, water, air fire and sky at the similar time. Apart from this, the main courtyard (prakaram) of the shrine contains 108 spouts that have a face of the bull. The holy water that pours in these spouts represent all blessed Pushkarini (Temple Tanks) of all one hundred eight Divya Desams of Vaishnava such as Tirumala and Vaikunta etc.