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Muktinath

Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists localted in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3710 M af the foot of Thorong la mountain pass( pass of the Himalayas ) in Mustang, Nepal. The site is close to the village Ranipauwa, which is sometimes mistakely called Muktinath.

Within Hinduism, it is called Mukti Kshetra, which is literally means the “ palace of Liberation or Moksa”. This temple is considered to be 106th amoung the available 108 Diya Desam considered sacred by the sri Vaishanava sect. The ancient name of this place is Sri Vaishanava Literature, before Buddhist Origin, is Thiru Saligramam. This house is Saligram shila , considered to be the natural available from the Sriman Narayana- The Hindu Godhead. It is also one of the 51 Shakti Peethams. The Buddhists call it chumig Gystsa, which in Tibetian means” Hundred Waters “. Although the temple has a vaishnava origin, It is also revered in Buddhism. For Tibetian Buddhists, Muktinath is a very important place for dakinis, Goddness known as sky Dancer, and one of the 24 Tantric places. They understand the murti to be a manifestation of Avolokitesvara, who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas.

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