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ARTIST: RICHARD LAZZARA
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shankargallery
Date: 2007-07-22 09:03
Subject: Muktinath, Narayan Kshetra Shaligram
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clipped from www.hinduonnet.com

Muktinath â” an awesome pilgrim spot


SALIGRAMAM, POPULARLY known as Muktinath, a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists, is situated at an altitude of 3,710 metres in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal â” the summit of Dhaulagiri in Himalayan Mountain Ranges in Mustang District. Hindus call it Mukthi Kshetra


The holy shrine, which is said to have risen on its own, is one of eight such shrines (the others include Srirangam, Sri Mushnam, Tirupati, Naimisaranyam, Thottadri, Pushkaram and Badrinath). It is also one of 108 Vaishnava shrines.

where pilgrims can collect saligramams right from the river.


While undertaking a pilgrimage to Muktinath, it is advisable to cover Lumbuni, Valmika Ashramam, Dev Ghat, Monakamna, Kathmandu, Janakpur, Danush and Varaha Kshetra so as to complete Nepal trip.


G. R. NARASIMHAN

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shankargallery
Date: 2007-07-22 09:11
Subject: shaligram
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clipped from www.shaligram.org

Ammonite Fossils are found all over the world but only those from the River Kali Gandaki (Gandaki Region of Nepal-Mukti Kshetra/damodar Kunda) are worshipped as shaligrama which are considered as symbol of Maha Vishnu. The epic Mahabharata has praised River Kali Gandaki. Puranas, Gautamiya Tantra and other scriptures state that the worshipable stones are only found in the Gandaki River in Nepal.

In Brahma-vaivarta Purana Lord Maha Vishnu States - " I will become a stone and will always live on the banks of the Gandaki River. The millions of worms who live in that place will adorn those stones with the sign of my cakra "

The Gautamiya Tantra states that the worshipable stones known as shaligrama shilas are only found in the Gandaki River in Nepal.
Brahma tells Narada that on auspicious moments Shaligrama Shilas are formed in the holy river Gandaki.

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