Muktinath is a pilgrim site that is located 140 miles from Kathmandu in the snow clad Himalayas. It is located near River Kandaki that is famous for the Salagrama stones. Muktinath is also one of the 51 Sakthi Peetams of India. There is lots of doubt, where this Divyadesam is located. Some say that Mukthinath is 170 miles from Kathmandu. It is said that the Salagrama Kshetram which is found on the banks of River Kandaki. Mukthinath is otherwise called as "Mukthi Narayanan kshetram". But, some say, about 65 miles away from Kathmandu, there is a place by named "Damodhara Kund", which is found on the bank of River Kandaki is said to be the Salagrama sthalam. But, whatever it might be, we all the bhaktas should consider that the stones (the Salagramam) which is found on the bank of River Kandaki is said to be considered as the Salagrama sthalam.
About the Temple
This Divyadesam is found almost in our Indian Border line. There is lots of doubt, where this Divyadesam is located. Mukthinath, which is found 170 miles from Kathmandu, it is said this Salagrama Kshetram is found on the banks of River Kandaki. Mukthinath is otherwise called as "Mukthi Narayanan Kshetram". But, some say that Mukthinath is said that this divyadesam originated on the River Kandaki. But, some say, about 65 miles away from Kathmandu, there is a place by named "Damodhara Kund", which is found on the bank of River Kandaki is said to be the Salagrama sthalam. But, whatever it might be, we all the bhaktas should consider that the stones (the Salagramam) which is found on the bank of River Kandaki is said to be considered as the Salagrama sthalam. While travelling towards this divyadesam lots of wild animals are found, which are considered as so dreadful. Because of this, it is advisable if we go in groups containing 50 members and we can go to this sthalam only by getting the permission from the Nepal Government.
The Salagramam is said to be having Jeevan within and considered to be one among the precious stones. If this Salagramam is kept in houses and done Poojas in a proper way, all the Ashta Lakshmis stay in our house and we can get out from all the burden. To explain about this, this sthala perumal, Sri Moorthy along with Sri Devi Naachiyaar is found facing along the direction of North, which is said to be the direction of Guberan, the God of wealth. But if we do pooja to a salagramam which is found in damaged condition, it is not good for the family. So, doing poojas for a good conditioned Salagramam is advisable.
This Salagrama sthalam is said to be found on the bank of pure river and Salagramam is said to be the stone of purity, there is no need to do the "Samprokshanam". (Samprokshanam is a custom which is done to a temple whenever any false thing like anyone dies or bad issues happen in and around the Temple.)
Like how, the thiruneeru (Vibhoodi) that is given in Lord shivan temple doesnt have any dhosham, irrespective of the body condition, this Salagramam also have the same character. The sthalapuranam of salagrama divyadesam is closely related to River Kandaki, Thulasi and Radhai.
1. Periyalwar - 2 Paasurams.
2. Thirumangai Alwar - 10 Paasurams.
1. Chakkara Theertham
2. Kandaki Nadhi
About the Deity
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.
Legend and Stories
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 varam that she will marry Sriman Narayanan in her next birth. And at the same time, Brahma devan said about her previous birth. He said that in the previous birth, she was born as one among the Gopikashrees (Radhai) and Sudhamar, hamsam of Lord Krishnar got attracted towards the beauty if you (Thulsi) and got the Sabham from Radhai that Sudhaman will be born in Earth and born as Sankha Choodan. Sriman Narayanan turned as Sankha Choodam and went towards Thulasi's house and Thulasi thinking that Sanka choodan has returned home, let her beauty to enjoy by Emperumaan. But soon after, she realised that the person who has aquired her beauty was not his husband but it is someone else and got rid from him. At that time, Emperumaan showed his seva and explained all about the varam she got and explained Sankha Choodan was also the hamsam of Sriman Narayanan. But, at the same time, Thulasi was very much worried about the act of Sri Vishnu. At that time, Sriman Narayanan, explained her that Sankha choodan was the Hamsam of him (Sri Vishnu) and Thulasi is the Hamsam of Radhai and as per the Varam 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 River Kandaki 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 with Thulasi but also by Sriman Narayanan.
This sthalam is said to be one of Suyambhu sthalam (Suyambhu means created (or) originated on its own) and to explain this speciality the perumal is found as "Nithya Saanthiyam" (always (or) permanently found).
The Salagramam is said to be having Jeevan with in and considered to be one among the precious stones. If this Salagramam is kept in houses and done Poojas in a proper way, all the Ashta Lakshmis stay in our house and we can get out from all the burden. Like how, the Thiru Neeru (Vibhoodi) that is given in Lord Shivan temple doesnt have any dhosham, irrespective of the body condition, this Salagramam also have the same character. Since this Salagrama sthalam is said to be found on the bank of pure river (Kandaki Nadhi) and this Salagramam is said to be the stone of purity, there is no need to do the "Samprokshanam".
Kinds of Salagramam:
There are different kinds of Salagramam found in their shape and structure. They are
1. Lakshmi Narayana Salagramam
2. Lakshmi Janarthana Salagramam
3. Raghunatha Salagramam
4. Vaamana Salagramam
5. Sridhara Salagramam
6. Damodhara Salagramam
7. Raja Rajeshwara Salagramam
8. Rana Ragha Salagramam
9. Aadhisesha Salagramam
10. Madhusoodhana Salagramam
11. Sudharsana Salagramam
12. Gadhadara Salagramam
13. Hayagreeva Salagramam
14. Narasingha Salagramam
15. Lakshmi Narasingha Salagramam
16. Vasudeva Salagramam
17. Prathyumna Salagramam
18. Sangarshana Salagramam
19. Anirudha Salagramam
Like this, there are so much types of salagramam and these Salagramams are identified according to the holes and the shape and structure they are found. 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.
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. One may start from Pokhara and head to Jomsom by air in about thirty minutes. One may also trek from Pokhara to Nayapool by vehicle then do the 7/8 days trek to Jomsom. One may start from Jomsom and go to Muktinath by treks, by road transport and even by horse. One may also travel by helicopter, and it takes about an hour and a half from Kathmandu to Muktinath, and about 45 minutes from Pokhara to Muktinath.
Sri Moorthy Perumal Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.