Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas), Mustang, Nepal. The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which sometimes mistakenly is called Muktinath as well.
Within Hinduism, it is called the sacred place Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of liberation or moksha". This temple is considered to be the 105th among the available 108 Divya Desam, which are considered sacred by the Sri Vaishnava cult. Muktinath is also one of the 51 Sakthi Peethams of India
Sati's right cheek fell here. The idols are Devi as Gandaki and Lord Shiva as Chakrapani. For Muktinath first of all we've to go to Bhairahwa at Nepal border, then by bus to pokhra and Pokhra to Muktinath by Helicopter.
This Shaktipeeth is situated at an altitude of more than 7,000 ft. This place is called Maa Gandaki Shaktipeeth. Mere Darshan of this Shaktipeeth gives people relief from lust and desire.
Gandaki Shakti Peeth to have known as the most famous pilgrimage for Hindus in India typifies to offer the salvation over their obstacles. Gandaki Shakti Peeth, located at Nepal, is dedicated to Goddess Gandaki existing as the most religious river of Nepal, having the Shaligrams-stones (form of Lord Vishnu) in her depths.
The ancient name of this place in Sri Vaishnava literature, before Buddhist origin, is Thiru Saligramam. This houses the Saligrama shila considered to be the naturally available form of Sriman Narayana.
The Salagramam is said to be having Jeevan with in and considered to be one among the precious stones. If this Salagramam is kept in houses and done Poojas in a proper way, all the Ashta Lakshmis stay in our house and we can get out from all the burden.
To explain about this, this sthala perumal, Sri Moorthy along with Sri Devi Naachiyaar is found facing along the direction of North, which is said to be the direction of Guberan, the God of wealth.
But if we do pooja to a salagramam which is found in damaged condition, it is not good for the family. So, doing poojas for a good conditioned Salagramam is advisable.
This Salagrama sthalam is said to be found on the bank of pure river and Salagramam is said to be the stone of purity, there is no need to do the "Samprokshanam". (Samprokshanam is a custom which is done to a temple whenever any false thing like anyone dies or bad issues happen in and around the Temple.)
Muktinath is a pilgrimage shrine located 140 miles from Kathmandu in the snow clad Himalayas. It is located near the Gandaki river famous for the Salagrama stones. River Gandaki is also known as Narayani or Salagrami.
Muktinath is also one of the 51 Sakthi Peethams of India. About 16 miles from Muktinath is the Damodara Kundam, the source of this river. The Salagrama stones held in worship are found in this part of Nepal.
it is said this Salagrama Kshetram is found on the banks of Kandaki river. Mukthinath is otherwise called as "Mukthi Narayanan Kshetram". But, some say that Mukthinath is said that this divyadesam originated on the River Kandaki.
There is no firm agreement on the whereabouts of the Sree Vaishnava Divya Desam Tiruchaalagramam. One school of thought considers Muktinath in the snow clad Himalayas in Nepal to be Salagramam, while another considers the bank of the Gandaki river enroute to Muktinath from Kathmandu as Tiruchaalagraamam.
This sthalam is said to be one of Suyambhu sthalam (Suyambhu means created (or) originated on its own) and to explain this speciality the perumal is found as "Nithya Saanthiyam" (always (or) permanently found).
Thiru Neeru (Vibhoodi) that is given in Lord Shivan temple doesnt have any dhosham, irrespective of the body condition, this Salagramam also have the same character.
The most suitable time to visit Muktinath is from March to June, as the weather conditions would not be safe enough to travel in other months. The journey passes through many archeological sites and temples.