The temple above the cloud
Muktinath temple is situated at an altitude of 3710m at the base of the Thorong La pass in Mustang district. Muktinath is a highly venerated sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus call it Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of salvation" and it is one of the most ancient temples of the God Vishnu. The temple is small and contains a life size golden statue of lord Vishnu. There are two ponds, which are called Mukti kunda and Saraswoti kunda. Hindu people believe that if they take holy bath in these kunda they will get ultimate salvation. 108 Mukti Dhara (108 waterspouts), which are established beside the Muktinath temple in the shape of cows head. The water from Kaligandaki river continuously flows through the mouth of the cow’s head shaped waterspouts. Hindu pilgrims who visit the temple take a holy bath in each of these spouts in order to get ultimate salvation. ‘Jawala Mai temple’ which have three eternal flames from the rock fed by the natural gas and a Buddhist Gompa, monastery and Mani wall.