New 1.2 km wall around Muktinath
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MFI News, January 2003
- Thanks to a donation of a Hindu Guru from India to Muktinath
Lama Wangyal, the 1.2 km long wall around
Muktinath, which is unstable and broken, is almost rebuild. Iinitially
the rebuild was planned for summer 2001, however due to some delay preparations
are made to rebuild the wall this year. It is for the first time in
the Mustang District in the Himalayas of Nepal that cement is used to
make a wall.
The Sabij Yoga Guru who gave the donation is connected
to Sadhu Nilkanth-Surjadas (later known as Lord Shri Swaminarayan) who
stayed in Muktinath at the age of eleven at the end of the 18th century.
Lord Shri Swaminarayan
Sadhu Nilkanth-Surjadas practised severe penance in Muktinath for two
and a half months and attained the highest degree of proficiency in
Nishkamvrat (celibacy, self-control and nonattachment to worldly
objects). This great Sadhu later became known as Lord Shri Swaminarayan,
Satguru of Sabij Yoga, the goal of which is the realization of and service
to God Supreme. Lord Shri Swaminarayan from the very beginning made
his teachings available for all people, Jains, Muslims, Parsis and Khojas,
women and men alike.
For more information about Shri Swaminarayan one can visit the site
of The Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha
(BAPS), a socio-spiritual organization established in 1907 C.E. by Swami
See also the pictures
of the new wall.