Muktinath Temple: Vishnu Temple for Salvation

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Muktinath: Salvation at the Vishnu Temple

Muktinath temple in Nepal

Muktinath is said to be the place where one attains salvation.

Muktinath is said to be one of the 108 Divya Desams or the holiest of the Vishnu shrines. Through this part of Nepal flows the Kali Gandaki River, and here the shaligram ammonite stone is found. Among Hindus, Lord Vishnu is often worshipped as the shaligram stone.

Travel to Muktinath is considered one of the hardest of all pilgrimages. You need to cross the dark waters of the Kali Gandak river and its barren valley to reach there. Some may want to go to Damodar Kund or the Forbidden Lake, which is the source of the Kali Gandaki river. Damodar Kund is a 10 days ride and is accessible only in the summers.

Though Muktinath finds reference in Hindu mythology, a temple was built here in just about 200 years ago in 1815. The temple was apparently constructed on the behest of a queen of Nepal. The temple holds an image of Vishnu at the center and Sridevi and Bhudevi on either side. The image is also worshipped as Avalokitesvara. Right next to the temple, there are 108 water spouts in the shape of the head of a bull. Just below the temple of Muktinath is the Jwala Devi temple, where flames emerge from rocks in a cave.

Om Parvat

Reaching Muktinath

You can visit Muktinath anytime of the year, but the period from Feb-May is considered the best. Indians do not need a Visa to visit this place, but passport or identity card is a must. Muktinath can be reached by the following route:

India to Kathmandu: Kathmandu is well connected by road as well as air to all major Indian cities and can be easily reached.

Kathmandu to Muktinath: The journey on the Nepal side generally starts at Pokhara. From Pokhara, you then reach Jomsom, which is near to the Kali Gandak river. From Jomsom, it's a day's walk to Muktinath. But, it's often advisable to take an over-night rest at Kagbeni and complete the journey in two days. For your journey to Muktinath from Jomsom, ponies can be hired. Helicopter charter services are also available for those willing to shell out money.


Pokhara is 200 Km from Kathmandu. Jomsom is then approximately 48 Km from Pokhara. Muktinath is a day's trek from Jomsom.

Route from Kathmandu:

Follow the main highway to Pokhara via Benighat and Kairani. Then take the road to Beni. From there, follow a trekking route to Tukuche via Tatopani, Ghasa and Larjung. This route along the Kali Gandaki river is also known as the Apple Pie Trail. From here, take road to Jomsom and then trek/pony/helicopter to Muktinath.

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