There are two wide held believes regarding the naming of the district- Myagdi which are enlisted below:-
i) Some believe that the word Myagdi is derived from the Magar term Myangdi where Myang is a river and di is a suffix denoting to water. Thus upon combination, the term Myangdi becomes water from river Myang. As the place lies near to Myang River, it was called upon as Myangdi which later converted to Myagdi.
ii) While others believe the term Myagdi has been derived from the Sanskrit term Mangala Nadi. Mangala Nadi is a river near to the place. Thus the place got the same name- Mangala Nadi after the nearby river which later converted into Myagdi.
The origin of Mangala Nadi is a glacier which lies to the South- Western part of Dhaulagiri Mountain.
Myagdi is a district lying in Dhaulagiri Zone of Mid Western Development Region with Beni Bazaar as its Headquarter. Geographically, the terrain is divided as 8% of plain, 56% of High hilly region and 36% of Mountainous region. Myagdi is enclosed by Manang, Kaski and Parbat districts in the east, Baglung and Rukum districts in the west, Dolpa and Mustang in the North and Baglung in the South. The altitude varies from 792m at Ratnechaur VDC to 8167m at Dhaulagiri Mountain.
People and Culture:-
Though it is primarily Magar dominated district, Myagdi is a home for diversified ethnic groups like Brahman, Chhetri, Newar, Gurung, Sarki, Kami and Thakali. Magars of different Caste like Pun, Roka, Budhathoki, Gharti and Ale are found to have been settled in high hills while communities of Brahman and Chhetri are found in Beni Bazaar and nearby villages while Newars have preferred to dwell in areas suitable for trade.
Culture is chiefly determined by three factors namely the way the ceremonies of birth, death and marriage are performed. Since it a diversified district, people from different ethnic groups have different ways of marking these occasions. However Birth rituals like Nwaaran( naming of the new born child) is performed in all communities.
Mustangis extended in an area of 2297 sq.km. where total114447people dwell in 24435 Houses with an Average HouseHold Size of 4.68. Total 53178Male and 61269female lives in Mustang with population density of 50persons per sq.km.
Types of Houses:-
Out of 24435 Houses,19696 Houses are Pakki3223Houses are semi- Pakki , 1423 Houses are Kachchi while93 are of other types. Similarly, 21738 Houses are used for private purpose, 1591houses are rented, 827 houses are institutional types of houses while200houses are rent- free and79houses fall under other category.
6281 Houses use electricity,17195Houses use Kerosene, Biogas is not used at all while618of them use other fuels while 341Houses are not stated in types of fuels they use for lightning purpose.
In terms of sanitation, 4924 Houses are equipped with Modern Flush System of toilet, 7525Hoses have ordinary toilets while 11571 Houses have no toilets at all and414 Houses are not stated.
4602 Houses have economic activities while 19833 Houses are not involved in economic activities. Of the 4602 houses who are involved in economic activities, 296houses are engaged in Manufacturing products,1181 Houses are busy with Trade, 51 Houses deal with Transport while 2244 Houses render their life in services and 830Houses follow other activities to earn their livelihood.
Hinduism is the main religion here as the data shows: there are85692Hindu, 28125Buddhists, 163Muslims, 12Kirats, 360Christians,19Sikhs, 1Bahais while75 people follow other religions.
Out of total 96372people who are six years and above of age,11494 Males and 24766 Females cannot read and write,2606 Males and3294 Females can read only, 29882Males and 23840Females can read and write while108Males and381Females are not stated.
According to Survey done in 2008, there are252 primary schools with 874primary school teachers where22502students study at primary level. Likewise 8015students are taught by239lower secondary teachers at79lower secondary school.139secondary teachers teach to3934 secondary level students at 44secondary schools.
i) Chimkhola VDC: Chimkhola once used to be a very dark place where it was too difficult to see anything even during the daylight as it was totally veiled in thick forest. Thus it got its name ChimKhola which means a dark place (Chim) near river (Khola). It is surrounded with Bega in the East, Darmija in the South, Pakhapani in the West and Mangale in the North and is the home for various beautiful places like SaraKhola, Pani Dakne Dada, Gaun Khola etc. PaniDakne Dada was named thus as previously people would climb to the hilltop and pray to the God for rain whenever drought occurred in the area.
ii) Beni: Beni lies at an altitude of 799m above sea level and is located at the meeting place of two rivers namely Kali and Myagdi. It is the house for many temples like Shivalaya temple of 16th c., Bhagwati Temple and Laxmi Narayan Temple. It lies just 15km North of Baglung.
iii) Ghorpani: Ghorpani is a Magar Village which is taken to be the entrance to Myagdi and is located 2800m above sea level .
iv) Poon Hill: Poon Hill is the natural view point which holds a tower from where Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan Range to districts like Baglung and Parbat including Phewa Lake of Pokhara can be viewed.
i) Paulatsya Aasram: It lies in Pulachaur VDC. Great Eastern Epics like Mahabharat and Ramayan has mentioned this Aashram as the place where great sage Pulatsya’s grandchildren grew up; thus proving the aasram to be the birthplace of Rawan. It lies to the 2km North- West of BeniBazaar at an altitude of 1750m above sea level.
ii) Jagannath Temple: It lies in Pulachaur VDC at an altitude of 2100m above sea level and is located 6km West- North from Beni Bazaar.
Things to do:-
i) Trekking of Beni- Dana: A trekking from Beni to Dana can be done through a 33 km long but narrow road. There lies Andha Galchhi( Ravine) in Dana which is the deepest galchhi in the world as it lies 6967m below sea level.
ii) Rafting: As there are three fast flowing rivers- Kali Gandaki River, Myagdi River and Ranghu Ganga, one can enjoy rafting in these rivers.