Ancient monastery renovated in Mustang

MYAGDI: Narsing Gumba -- a 1,250 years old monastery at Muktinath, Barhagaun Muktikshetra Rural Municipality-1 in Mustang district -- has been renovated.

The Buddhist monastery was renovated at a cost of Rs 28.5 million, president of Muktinath Area Development Committee, Hira Bahadur Thakuri (Wangwell Lama), said.

The Department of Archaeology, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the then District Development Committee (DDC), Muktinath Kshetra Development Committee, the local conservation committee, the Water-induced Disaster Management Committee, among others, had provided the grant assistance for renovation of the monastery.

The devotees have placed the idols of various gods and goddesses inside the monastery.

The ancient monastery built from stone and mud, although repaired few years back, had started leaking and its walls had become wobbly.

Buddhist preacher Rimpochhe is credited for constructing this monastery at Muktinath, a common pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus alike.