Muktinath Temple in Mustang is now open for all devotees
Muktinath Temple is one of the most priory existing temples one can find in Nepal. It is located in the Mustang district. This temple lies on the path of the Annapurna trekking route. It is a great symbol of the connection between Hindus and Buddhists. Both the Hindus and Buddhists come to this temple for prayers and to achieve a sense of nirvana. The temple has a pagoda-style build and devotees believe that the temple has arisen on its own. The word Mukti in its name stands for attending nirvana. The word nath stands for master of god.
No entry to any tourist or local devotee due to the covid19 pandemic until now. Muktinath temple is very popular and there is a huge crowd of people almost daily. The decision of shutting the temple was hence clearly an important decision. However, since the covid19 cases have now decreased over time. The authorities responsible for the execution of the temple have declared the temple open. The temple is open for devotees from today 26 September 2021. However important protocols regarding the virus are still into consideration.
The Crisis management center and the security committee together made this decision in the meeting. District Administration Office was where the meeting took place on 21 September 2021. Immediately after the decision a number of tourists and Nepalese locals are traveling to Mustang. Many tourists have come through airways and also by road. These travelers have come to seek blessings in Mustang and visit other tourist places in Mustang. Many other tourist places are now open in Mustang. The temple has remained closed since April and hence devotees have waited long for its opening.
There are certain criteria for tourists to be able to visit the temple. They should have an RT-PCR test in order to get entry. This test should have a date of the latest seven days in order to be valid. For local people or travelers, the only criterion is vaccination. Even a single dose of the vaccination can get you an entry into the temple. Overall, such decisions will keep Mustang safe from covid19 cases. It is important that when everything is now getting normal, worshiping should not lack behind. These criteria mentioned and the decision taken is commendable and will inspire other tourist area governing bodies as well.
Muktinath is a very holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple has 108 waterspouts and two pounds in its backyard. There is a belief that taking bath in them can help one to achieve Nirvana. This means that the person will be free from an illusion of birth and rebirth. The temple is at an altitude of 3710 meters above sea level.
Mustang district of Nepal has a touch of Tibetan culture. It is a natural home of beauty. For mountain at hill lovers, this place is no less than heaven. This district has many other cultural heritage sites and temples to visit. It is a great place to visit in order to gain peace and calm. The people of mustang are very welcoming and warm-hearted.