Muktinath temple in Mustang reopens to visitors

File image: Muktinath temple, Mustang
File image: Muktinath temple, Mustang

Myagdi, September 26

The Muktinath temple in Mustang, a holy place of pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists, has reopened from today.

A meeting of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre and the Security Committee held at the Mustang District Administration Office on September 21 had decided to open the temple.

The temple had remained closed since last April owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chief District Officer Srinath Poudel, who is also the chairperson of the Muktinath Development Committee, shares that worshipping at the Muktinath temple has been opened for the pilgrims and devotees from outside the district.

However, admission to the Muktinath temple premises requires a PCR/antigen test report or the Covid-19 vaccination certificate for the Nepali nationals and a seven-day valid RT-PCR report for foreigners.

After the opening of Muktinath and the tourist spot, the number of people going to Mustang by road and air has increased.

Fifteen people have lost their lives in Mustang, including seven in Ranipowa near the Muktinath temple, due to the coronavirus infection.

Located at an altitude of 3,710 metres, Muktinath is considered a common pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.

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