‘Moksha’ means obtaining freedom from the mortal world. Both Hindus and Buddhists believe in the cycle of rebirth and the ultimate salvation from life known as moksha. And thus, it is but natural that they have a temple of liberation.

Sri Muktinath Temple is located at an altitude of 3,710m at the foot of the Thorong La Pass in Mustang, Nepal. Hindus refer to the place as Mukti Kshetra. According to the Sri Vaishnava Sect, the temple is regarded as the 106th among the available 108 Divya Desam.

Buddhists call the place Chumig Gyatsa which translates to ‘hundred waters’ in Tibetan. The temple is significant for Tibetan Buddhists as they consider the temple to be an important place for Dakinis – goddesses known as Sky Dancers.

For Hindu Vaishnavas, the shrine is one of the eight most sacred shrines known as Svayam Vyakta Kshetras (others being Srirangam, Srimushnam, Tirupati, Badrinath, Pushkar, Thotadri, Naimisharanya).

The murti inside the temple is made of gold and is the size of a human. The outer courtyard is known as the prakaram and has 108 bull faces from which pours water. Water continuously flows through the 108 pipes in the temple complex. The 108 pipes denote the sacred Puskarini waters from all Sri Vaishnava Divya Desams.

The water springs have great significance in Hindu astrology – the 12 Rashi (zodiac) and 9 Grahas (planets) give a total of 108 combinations. Also, the 27 lunar mansions of Nakshatras, each divided into 4 quarters, gives a combination of 108 quarters.

One of the most amazing aspects about Muktinath is that it is the only place on Earth where one can find all five elements – fire, water, earth, sky, and fire. They are found in their natural form at a place near the Jwala Devi Temple. Thus, it is known as Sri Murthy Mahatmyam.

Source – http://detechter.com/ancient-vishnu-temple-devoted-hindus-buddhists/


Vinayak Jain

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