The local name of Muktinath is Chuming Gyatsa, which means hundred springs.Its importance in Buddhism increases because of the fact that Chuming Gyatsa is one of the 24 Tantrik places. Muktinath became hallowed ground for Buddhists when Guru Rinpoche, passing through on his journey to Tibet, left a footprint in the rock. The 84 siddhas dropped their wooden staffs, which grew into a poplar grove, a miracle in an otherwise treeless land. The name of Guru Rimpoche Monastery is situated at left from main entrance gate of Muktinath Temple.The place is great for meditation therefore most of the hermits remain here for years. Buddhists believe that all miseries and sorrows are relieved once you visit this temple.
Brahma lit fire upon water and reconciled the contradictory elements thereby. An eternal flame still burns, reputedly sustained by nothing more than water, stone and earth. Muktinath has been a place of pilgrimage for more than 2000 years. The main shrine of Muktinath is a pagoda - shaped temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. The murti is of gold and is tall enough to compare with a man. In the walls around it are 108 waterspouts. It has helped to make this area as center of Tourist attraction. The Jwala Mai temple near by has a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural gas. It is believed that one should visit this temple after completing pilgrimage of four special religious sites in India . That is "Chardham Yatra".For the Buddhists, Muktinath is a place of Dakinis, goddess known as sky dancers and Lord Padmasambhava.
The most suitable time to visit Muktinath is from March to June, as the weather conditions would not be safe enough to travel in other months. The journey passes through many archeological sites and temples.This place is opened through out the year but especially in Rishitarpani, Ram Nawami, and Bijay Dashami thousands of pilgrims gather here to celebrate the festival.