Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas), Mustang district, Nepal. The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which sometimes mistakenly is called Muktinath as well.
The Hindus call the sacred place MuktiKshetra, which literally means the "place of salvation". Mainly the temple is with a predominant Sri Vaishnava origin and worshipped by Buddhists. This temple is considered to be the 105th among the available 108 DivyaDesam. The ancient name of this place, before Buddhist origin is known as ThiruSaligramam. This houses the Saligramasila considered to be the naturally available form of SrimanNarayana- the Hindu God HEAD. It is also one of the 51 Sakthipeetams. The Buddhists call it ChumigGyatsa, which in Tibetan means 'Hundred Waters'. For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath-ChumigGyatsa is a very important place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers and one of the 24 Tantric places. They understand the murti to be a manifestation of Avalokitesvara.