New 1.2 km wall around Muktinath

The Wall Surrounding Muktinath
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MFI News, January 2003

Kathmandu - 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 Yagnapurushdas.

See also the pictures of the new wall.