Muktinath-Related Sites

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Lord Shri Swaminarayan
At the end of the 18th century, the Sadhu Nilkanth-Surjadas came to Muktinath at the age of eleven. He practiced severe penance there for two and a half months and attained the highest degree of proficiency in Nishkamvrat (celibacy, self-control and non-attachment 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 threw open the doors of his teachings 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 by Swami Yagnapurushdas, or the site. See also the picture of his monument at Muktinath.

Hindu Reference
If you just want to know more about the history and backgrounds of Hinduism you could consult an article by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty. If you are interested in definitions of terms and names, The Encyclopaedia Mystica could be the site you are looking for, as well as the Britannica site mentioned above. Roger Garin-Michaud collected more Hindu links.

Hindu Spiritual Calendar
For a Hindu spiritual calendar, please see the website of The Divine Life Society.

Online Hindu Texts
The religious texts section on the Web site of one David Wiley contains a list of all kinds of religious texts, including Hindu texts. For a Amazon.Com Hindu Bibliography, see the site of Roger Garin-Michaud.
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Mountain Development
The Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) is a regional network in Asia and the Pacific for generating, sharing and disseminating information on sustainable mountain development. The APMN was established in November 1995 and is financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It also serves as Asia and the Pacific regional node for the Mountain Forum. The ICIMOD, mentioned below, serves as the Secretariat of the APMN and co-ordinates the network.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
The Food and Agriculture Organization is the largest autonomous agency within the United Nations system, with 180 member nations plus the EC (Member Organization) and more than 4300 staff members around the world. It was founded in October 1945 with a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the condition of rural populations. FAO is active in land and water development, plant and animal production, forestry, fisheries, economic and social policy, investment, nutrition, food standards and commodities and trade. It also plays a major role in dealing with food and agricultural emergencies

International Centre for Integrated Mountai

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
The ICIMOD concentrates mainly on the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region. ICIMOD was established in 1981, based upon an agreement between His Majesty's Government of Nepal and UNESCO signed in 1981. The Centre was inaugurated in December 1983 and began operating in September 1984. Nepal, the Federal Republic of Germany, Switzerland, and UNESCO were the founding sponsors.

Mountain Forum (MF)
Formed in 1995, The Mountain Forum is a global nonprofit network of 1,200 institutions and individuals in 96 countries committed to the well being of mountain people, their environment, and their culture. Through the exchange of information and of best practices, it seeks to empower members to raise mountain issues on local to global agendas, and promote sustainable mountain development. It was established with financial assistance from the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC). The Secretariat of the Mountain Forum is being established at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal.

PanAsia is an initiative of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a public corporation created by the Parliament of Canada to help researchers and communities in the developing world find solutions to their social, economic, and environmental problems. PanAsia is connecting individuals and institutions for knowledge sharing across Asia and the world by promoting collaboration in research and development through information use and exchange.
Provides a global review and internet gateway into the issues of population, poverty, health, consumption and the environment. It is published by Planet 21, an independent non-profit company and a registered British charity recognised by the United Nations.

United Nations, Sustainable Mountain Development
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See our special Nepal page.

Muktinath Map
In 2000 the MFI published the first (online) map of Muktinath. The current one is a 2006 update based on a satelite picture.

For links to information regarding Salagrama Silas (stone shape) please see our special Salagrama Sila links page.
For more information on the spot Salagrama, please see A Brief Introduction to Muktinath and the page on Krishna and Salagrama.

Sites by Visitors to Muktinath
Several visitors to Muktinath made webpages with pictures and travel stories.
Annapurna trek
Site of David Metsky
Site of Henk de Jong, Holland

Much snow in the pictures of Yen Chin from Taiwan.

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