Muktinath

Muktinath is one of the most sacred Hindu temples of God Vishnu. The name is a synthesis of two words – Mukti and Nath. Mukti means Salvation and Nath means God. The walled complex is huge and as you enter you will see arbour of trees on the left. Pass the Samba Gompa and Shiva Temple to reach the Vishnu Temple. The shrine in the temple is considered one of the eight most sacred shrines for Hindu Vaishnavas. The statue is made of gold and is tall enough to measure up to a man. There are also two ponds in front of the temple. It is believed that if you erect a silk banner at Muktinath you will be reborn in a future life as a universal monarch. It is also believed that drinking the spring water washes away the sins. The temple is traditionally taken care by Buddhist nuns. The nearby Kali Gandaki is where you find saligrams, black ammonite fossils which are considered as manifestations of Vishnu. Muktinath is the only place on earth where you can find all five elements fire, water, sky, earth and air at the same place together.The central shrine is for Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa, a very important place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers and one of the 24 Tantric places. Jomsom, a large village on the way to Muktinath, has hotels that provide boarding and lodging facilities. It is sensible to take the pony ride, as it is less arduous when compared…