Shaligram is Sacred holy Stone found in River Gandaki,muktinath Nepal. Shaligram is symbol of god vishnu (krishna).
Muktinath Temple – Kaligandaki River Nepal
Sri Muktinath is Also known as Mukti kshetra and Mukti dham Because it is place to get Mukti (Salvation or moksha). And Place to remove all our sin of past life,this life.. It is said that any one who realized all their mistake and donot commit sin again knowingly will get Mukti (freedom from trouble) by worshipping here and visiting this pure place..
Muktinath is Famous Sacred Religious place to all Hindus , Strict Vaisnav and Buddhist Devotees due to residential of lord vishnu,shiva and brahma in this Holy site. There are many famous temple in Nepal in which muktinath also takes place to all hindus devotees.
There is also many other Famous and important Temple and Gumba(Stupa) in muktinath. Except hindu devotees. Many trekkers also visit muktinath dham due to incountable beauty and culture of himalayas
Many Trekkers and Visitors is also attracted to view Mountain annapurna From very near from muktinath. Mount annapurna is 3rd highest Mountain of World .. Mountain Annapurna is named after hindu mother Goddess (Mother of rice).. Sometime mother annapurna is also known as mother parvati (wife of god shiva)..
Muktinath Temple Muktinath(Lord vishnu) with Laxmi Saraswati
Location, Distance and Geography
Muktinath is Situated in 3749 m Above Sea level in an Isolated Valley of the Vast Snowy Wilderness of the Himalayas.
– The Famous Muktinath lies in Mustang District of Dhawalagiri Zones ,North-West of Nepal, Muktinath Temple Can be Reached After 6 Hours journey From The Holy and Hindu Ritual Ceremony observing Place Name as “KAGBENI” or ‘KAGBENI KUNDA’ which also lies in Mustang.
So About The Famous Pilgrimage and Valley Site of Muktinath it is about 70 Miles(2 days) From North of Pokhara City Valley and 3 days From Kathmandu City By Bus.Kathmandu is Capital City where Only One International Airport of Whole Nepal is Situated ,where every visitors is checkout in entry of Nepal,After entering kathmandu city,many visitors plan to visit Different Sacred Place of Whole Nepal.
Religion – Vaisnava/Hindu and Buddhist .
Cast – Brahmin,Vaisnava,Tibetan,Sherpa,Lama,Himalayan People and Few Migrated hilly people.
Muktinath Temple is One of the Four Great Pilgrimage of Nepal. Muktinath is Famous Due to its Famous Temple Muktinath,Lord vishnu Temple(Mandir). The Image(Murti) of Lord Lord Vishnu is Placed in Small Pagoda Temple.Both Hindu/Vaisnava and Buddhist Worship with Great Veneration. We can see lord vishnu,along with laxmi Saraswati in Temple and Different Devidevta(Lord/lordess) in inside temple.
According to Different Hindu Mythology Script and Glory,The Epic of Muktinath is Described as Sanskrit Manta –
“मुक्तिहेतो : कृतो यज्ञओ ब्रहाअण योग संज्ञक://
मुक्तिक्षत्रमिति ख्यात तासमालोके घटोद्रब्//
प्रत्यअक्ष येत्र रुद्रोशाःबगति मुर्तिधरइस्तता//
विष्णुचाम्रित मुर्तिस्च होताजस्तत्र कि पुन ://
लोकाश्चतुबिधोद्रबता: स्नान्त्वा यत्र कलेवरम //
तेक्ता मुक्ति प्राप्नुबन्ति मुक्तिक्षेत्र तत् स्मृतम//
English Meaning – ” Once God Brahma Did Yog Rup Yagya to attain Mukti(Salvation),So this place is Famous as Muktichetra, On Muktinath, God Shiva is Situated as Agni Rup(Fire Form),Lord Vishnu as Water form and Brahma as ‘The’ or ‘होता’ Form,So who Can described a Such a Holy and Spirtual Place?, where god vishnu,shiva and Brahma live together.
In Temple there is 108 WaterSpouts and Trapta Kunda(Pond),Where All Four Varanas(All Cast) People Attain Salavation(Mukti) who Even Bath and Drinks Water in Once ever in Life.The all sin will be washes and attain blessing of Hari(lord Narayan).
शिव पुराण अनुसार – ” तदा रानम्ममुक्तिनाथख्य शिवलिंगम महाद्रभुतम//
दर्शनाद्चनातस्य भुक्तिमुक्तिस्च लब्यते//
(According to shiva puran,51),Thus who worship and darshan of Advut Muktinath Shivalinga and bath in kunda will attain both Mukti and Bhukti.
Home of lord Shaligram – Kaligandaki River (Muktinath).
Kaligandaki River is Also Known as Krishna Gandaki River as Ancient names,the Holy ganges river related to Krishna(lord vishnu). In Gandaki river,lord vishnu himself reside as being Shaligram shila,so gandaki river is important and main powerful holy river in world. Shaligram is direct Symbol of lord vishnu.Shaligram is one of the main incarnation of lord vishnu in form of Murti(stone).
The Bank of Kaligandaki river in Muktinath, and the Vicinity of Damodar Kunda,north of muktinath are only Found Sri Shaligram shila and no where else in world.The importance and Significance of Shaligram is described Detailly in Agni puran,Devi bhagavat gita,skanda purana etc most of Supreme hindu Scripts.
According To vishnu Puran – Lord Vishnu incarnated Himself in form of Saligram(Holy stone),Tulsi (holy bassil),Peepal trees(holy tree) and Kush (holy grass),due to curse of Women Brinda,Wife of Devil Jalandhar.So Shaligram is Found in Chakra marks,Symbol and in every form of shaligram because lord vishnu ordered lord Bishwakarma(lord of artitecture) to makes beautiful stone in my shaligram.
Lord Vishnu said to Lord vishwakarma that -Hey Bishwakarama,you makes my saligram different chakra and design being Inscect Bagrakeeta(water insect),so it is now also shaligram is found in different chakra and marks.
Drinking holy godly water of kaligandaki river will attains happiness and purify their bodies,Those person will consider as pure human in world.Those who Do their Ancestor Yearly Ceremony or those who go pilgrimage to Kaligandaki river muktinath any time once in life time will attain lord vishnu hood and washes all their sin done in every past,present life and finally attains mukti(salvation),the journey to Baikuntha(lord vishnu home) after birth cycle in earth
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DamodarKunda – Damodar kunda also lies in muktinath.DamodarKunda is Place where lord vishnu in form of Damodar direct dwells. Damodar Kunda is also known as Only one resting water Pond (Kunda) and home of lord vishnu in universe.Lord vishnu rest in Damodarkunda.
Above Picture – gandaki river nepal
About damodarkunda– Even reading this text of damodarkunda provides moksha. It is 7 days far from gandaki river,jomsom river, and muktinath.From most place of around Nepal,every cast people comes to bath in damodar kunda every year as well as many indian and American Bhaktajan.Rarely Saligram is also found in Damodar Kunda luckily. It is Said that any one who observe Pitri(ancestor)Worship and offering in Damodar kund,pleases their ancestor in heaven.All Ancestor will attain Baikuntha loka due to offering and worship done by their Son or Grandson in Damodarkunda.
History of Muktinath .
Muktinath or Muktikshetra ,A names is Derieved From Sanskrit Language,Muktinath is composed of Two words Mukti and Nath. Where mukti means Salvation and Nath means god. Muktikshetra is Derived is composed of two words, Mukti mean lord of Salvation and Kshetra means Residential place.
Muktinath is a such a place where different devotee from South Asia,Western country and mostly Indian Devotee Visit to attain Mukti(Salvation),freedom from cycle of Birth and rebirth.
According to most hindu Devotee ” This World is an Illusion,the earliest one gets out of it the better,and visit to muktinath will help to attain free from illusion”.It is Said that One Should Visit Muktinath after completing Char Dham Yatra(four Powerful Pilgrimage worship) Sites. According to Religious Book it is said that Muktinath is also 51th Shakti peeths.
According to Some Sri Vaisnva Devotee,Muktinath is also known as Salagrama,the home of lord vishnu.Salagrama is lord vishnu himself,found in muktinath,One of the name of lord vishnu.MuktiDham is only place to attain lord narayana.So Some devotee spend oldage whole life in muktinath to please lord vishnu.
Buddhist – Buddhist Calls Muktinath Valley the ‘Chuming Gyasta’,which means ‘Hundred Waters’ in Tibetan Language. According to Different Buddhist in Muktinath,Muktinath is also very important place of Dakinis,Goddess Known as Sky Dancers and one of the 24 Tantric Places.They Believe the idol of Muktinath to be Manifestation of Avalokiteshwara.
The Temple of Muktinath is small in comparison with other Temples.It is One of the most ancient Hindu temples of God vishnu. The Pagoda Style of Muktinath is Symbol of Religious Harmony between Hindu and Buddhist.
Hindu Regards Muktinath as Lord vishnu,where as Buddhist regard as Buddha.The Idol is made of gold and tall is enough to compare with man.
According to Sri Vaisnva and Sriman Narayana,Muktinath is One of the 8 DivyaDesam,Scared Shrines for every Hindu and Vaisnava Known as “Svayam Vyakta Ksetras” which is said to have risen on its own,the Other Seven DivyaDesam are,SriRangam,SriMushnam,Tirupati Balaji(Venatakeshvara),Naimisharanya,Totadri,Pushkar and Badrinath.It is also One of the 108 Vaishnava Shrines(Divya desham).
Pujari(Priest of The Main Temple of Muktinath) – There is an old Buddhist Monk who looks after the temple and worship is Conducted by Buddhist Nuns.A Local nun Manages the Puja in temple.The Piligrims who go there should offer Prasadam to the deity.The Buddhist Pujari offered all ritual Puja in temple.
Main Rules in Muktinath Temple
1 – Photography and Filming of Deities inside Temple and monastries is Strictly Prohibited,we should not take camera inside temple.
2 – This place is Opened throughout the year but specially in Rishitarpani,Ram Nawami,and Bijay Dashami thousand of pilgrims gather to celibrate the festival.
Suitable Climate – Time to Visit Muktinath
The most suitable time to visit muktinath is From March to June and September to November as weather condition would not be favorable to travel in other time. The Journey passes through many archological sites and temples.
Against a Backdrop of incredible Starkness you can sit and stare at snow covered Annapurna range in the south or at the Tibetan Plateou in North.
The temple and Religious Shrines are above 90 Km in elevation above Ranipauwa.There are no hotels and commitee doesnot allow Camping.
The Valley Has Seven Historic Village,Putak,Jhong,Chhyonkhar,Purang,Jharkot and Khinga. Ranipauwa is a New Settelement founded by people of Purang. The main ethnic Group of the valley is Bhotias,sherpa,lama.
Famous and Powerful Temple in Muktinath
1 – Jwala Mai Temple – The Jwala Mai temple (Jwala Mukhi) near by Muktinath temple has a spring and three eternal flames fed by natural gas. Currently two flames are continuously burning. Hindu believes that this miracle of fire lighting was offering made by God Brahma,who is creator of universe.Both Hindu and Buddhit devotee who enter muktinath they worship jwala mother temple with great veneration.It is belived that those who enter jwala mai temple ,washes all health related diseases and sin of wholelife.
2 – 108 Water spots – There is 108 stones water spots(tap) in muktinath. After or before worship of lord muktinath devotees bath here. The water is very cold. It is said that one will be freedom from all sin if we bath in all 108 tap. We can complete bathing within 2-3 minutes in all 108 tap. The god vishnu will be easily pleased.
Hence,origin of sri Shaligram is believed to have thousand of years old.. Its history can be found in varity of purana (Religious script) like vishnu puran,shiva puran,bhagvad puran. Shaligram is not found in different river or different Country .. But it is only Found in Nepal. Eventhough if we get chance to collect shaligram in other country out of nepal. But they are not religious important comparing to nepal shaligram shila.The shaligram origin place is gandaki river (Muktinath Dham) which lies in north -west region of Nepal in Mustang district.. The temperature here is cold and in winter heavy snow fall appear in this is holy place.. The famous attraction at this greatest Religious place is Muktinath temple.. The temple is of symbol of lord vishnu and shiva.. At side of lord muktinath Bhu laxmi and saraswati is emblem in left/right of lord muktinath.. At muktinath there is 108 stone tap. It is believed that when we bath together at this 108 tab all sin will be washed aways.
Shaligram is also found in damodar kunda which origin is same river. Damodar kunda is sacred place named after lord damodar(krishna) and kunda meaning holy lake. This lake is large and attraction places to all devotees. Many devotees snan(ritual bath) here. The main purpose at this place is doing sraddh (ceremony for past ancestor)..
Those devotees who visit shaligram origin place,Gandaki river For religious purpose once in life.. The birth of their life is sucess with blessing of lord vishnu …