Kamal Khatri (Butwal) Nepal
Muktinath, a holy place of pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists, attracts millions of devotees every year. Built-in the same style, Muktinath is worshiped by Hindus and Buddhists according to their own traditions. There are 108 streams in the premises of Muktinath temple in an area of about 3,800 meters. It is believed that bathing in this stream washes away sins. Hindus go to Muktinath and especially worship Lord Vishnu. The Buddhists worship Luwang Galbo, the snake king. According to Hinduism, it is believed that Brahmins performed yogic sacrifices for liberation and gained the power to create from them. When Brahma performed Yajna, Brahma sat in the form of Shiva in the form of fire and Vishnu in the form of water.
According to mythology, Vishnu resides at Muktinath in the Himalayas. If we believe these things, then Lord Shiva could not win the battle with the demon named Jalandhar. At that time, Shiva was helped by Vishnu. According to the mythology, Brinda, the wife of Jalandhar, had preserved chastity. Until then, no one could destroy Jalandhar’s virginity. This time, after Vishnu’s support, Brinda’s chastity was destroyed.
Therefore, Brinda cursed Vishnu to live on rocks, trees, weeds, and grass. Due to Brinda’s curse, Vishnu had to be born as Shaligram Shila, Pipal, Tulsi, and Kush. According to legend, the Muktinath region is considered to be the place of salvation. Where Lord Vishnu resides on the Shaligram rock. Buddhist monk Padyasambhav Tibetans went to the Muktinath area to spread Buddhism.
In the year 2062 BS, the Nepali devotees went to Muktinath and took 108 Shaligrams to Haridwar to bathe in the milk of Swalakh cows on the banks of the Ganges. Thus, after bathing Shaligram with cow’s milk, Gangaji’s water looked completely white. Even at night when the 100 million lights were on, the whole bank of the Ganges shone like daylight and the city smelled of ghee. It is mentioned in the Puranic scriptures that the common Nepali and the whole of Nepal will be liberated from the long-running civil war.