Temple Location :
SALIGRAMAM, POPULARLY known as Muktinath, a sacred area for both Hindus and Buddhists, is located at an altitude of three,710 metres in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal — the summit of Dhaulagiri in Himalayan Mountain Ranges in Mustang District. Hindus name it Mukthi Kshetra. Muktinath is a pilgrimage shrine located a hundred and forty miles from Kathmandu inside the snow clad Himalayas and it’s far placed near the Kandaki river well-known for the Salagrama stones. Muktinath is also one of the 51 Sakthi Peetams of India.
This Divyadesam is found nearly in our Indian Border line. There is a lot of doubt, where this Divyadesam is located. Mukthinath, that is observed 170 miles from Katmandu, it’s far said this Salagrama Kshetram is observed at the banks of Kandaki river. Mukthinath is otherwise called as “Mukthi Narayanan Kshetram”.
Some say that Mukthinath is originated on the River Kandaki. But, a few say, approximately 65 miles faraway from Katmandu, there is an area through named “Damodhara Kund”, that is located on the financial institution of Kandaki river is stated to be the Salagrama sthalam. But, anything it is probably, we all the bhaktas must keep in mind that the stones (the Salagramam) that is found on the financial institution of Kandaki river is said to be taken into consideration because the Salagrama sthalam.
This sthalam is said to be one in every of Suyambhu sthalam (Suyambhu manner created (or) originated on its own). The Salagramam is stated to be having Jeevan within and considered to be one the various treasured stones. If this Salagramam is stored in homes and achieved Poojas in a right way, all of the Ashta Lakshmis stay in our residence and we will get out from all the burden. To give an explanation for about this, this sthala perumal, Sri Moorthy at the side of Sri Devi Naachiyaar is determined going through alongside the course of North, that is said to be the course of Guberan, the God of wealth.
Like how, the thiruneeru (Vibhoodi) that is given in Lord shivan temple doesnt have any dhosham, irrespective of the body circumstance, this Salagramam additionally have the same person.
The sthalapuranam of salagrama divyadesam is closely related to Kandaki river, Thulasi and Radhai.
Story of Thulasi:
Once, there lived a Manukula king by named Kusadwajan, who had a wife by named “Madhavi”. She did a strong tapas towards Sriman Narayanan. As the result of her tapas, she earned a beautiful lady child and named her as “Thulasi”.
Thulasi did strong tapas and she had in her mind that she should marry Sri Vishnu and attain Him. Brahma appeared as a result of her tapas and gave her a boon that she will marry Sriman Narayanan in her next birth. And at the same time, Brahma said about her previous birth. He said that in the previous birth, she was born as one among the Gopikashrees (Radhai) and Sudhamar, image of Lord Krishnar got attracted towards the beauty of you (Thulsi) and got the curse from Radhai that Sudhamar will be born on Earth as Sankha Choodan.
Sriman Narayanan turned as Sankha Choodam and went towards Thulasi’s house. Thulasi thinking that Sanka choodan has returned home, let her beauty to be enjoyed by Emperumaan. But soon after, she realised that the person who has aquired her beauty was not her husband but it was someone else and got rid from him. At that time, Emperumaan showed his seva and explained all about the boon she got and explained Sankha Choodan was also the image of Him (Sri Vishnu) and Thulasi is the Hamsam of Radhai and as per the boon given by Brahma devan, she married Sriman Narayanan.
After this, the Perumal told her that her purity and her Aathma will flow like a river and that river is Kandaki river and the Perumal, he himself will originate from the pure river as “Salagramam”, the precious and spiritual stone.
To explain more about Thulasi, the perumal in Paarkadal worn her as the Garland, so that she is found on his body forever. Bhaktas who do poojas and explain her fame in Kaarthigai pournami are said to attain good position and they are not only blessed by Thulasi but also by Sriman Narayanan.
Kinds of Salagramam:
There are different kinds of Salagramam found in their shape and structure. They are:
Lakshmi Narayana Salagramam
Lakshmi Janarthana Salagramam
Raja Rajeshwara Salagramam
Rana Ragha Salagramam
Lakshmi Narasingha Salagramam
Like this, there are so many types of salagramam and these Salagramams are identified according to the holes and the shape and structure they are found.
The Moolavar of this Salagrama sthalam is Sri Moorthy Perumal. He is found in Nindra thirukkolam facing his thirumugham along North direction. Prathyaksham for Brahma devan, Rudran and Kandaki. The thaayar of this Divyadesam is Sri Devi Naachiyaar. Vimaanam: Kanaka Vimaanam.
How to reach there:
There are many ways to reach Muktinath. Either take a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom or hike for 7-8 hours from Jomsom or trek all the way from Pokhara through Kali-Gandaki valley, which takes 7/8 days. Helicopter services are also available from Pokhara & Kathmandu. There has a trekking route one of famous treks name of Muktinath. The sight of the bewildering Annapurana and Dhaulagiri ranges will enchant you as you approach towards Pokhara Valley by air or surface. The next morning when you discover the clear sky and views of mountain, you then discover you are on your special journey to the Muktinath. Apart from walking to Muktinath all the way, there are many ways one can travel, depending on time and budget.
If any 12 Salagramams are found and the pooja is done in a proper way in a house, the house is said to be treated as 108 Vaishnavite Divyadesams and this implies how pure and precious is the Salagramam. When this 12 Salagramam is done with proper pooja, they should keep the thirunamams of Sriman Narayanan (ie).
• Om Sri Kesavaya Namaha :
• Om Sri Madhavaya Namaha :
• Om Sri Vishnuvaya Namaha :
• Om Sri Thirivikramaya Namaha :
• Om Sridharaya Namaha :
• Om Sri Padmanabhaya Namaha :
• Om Sri Narayanaya Namaha :
• Om Sri Govindaya Namaha :
• Om Sri Madhusoodhanaya Namaha :
• Om Sri Vamanaya Namaha :
• Om Sri Rishi Kesaya Namaha :
• Om Sri Damodharaya Namaha :
So, irrespective of the size and the numbers of Salagramams, it is believed that if you worship in a proper way, Salagramam will lead us to a Good way and Mukthi.