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The Spiritual Value of Salagramam

Most of us are eager to know what a "Salagramam" is and how it has to be worshipped. The Vedha Sastras describe the three manifestations of the 'Thirumeni' of Lord Vishnu that enable the devotees to worship Him. The three manifestations are categorized as Swayam Vyaktham , Maanusham and Salagramam. Salagramam is a holy place about 75 kms from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The divine town is 14,750 ft. high from the sea level. The place is also hailed as Mukthi Narayana kshethram and Mukthinath. There is a tank called "Dhamothara Kuntam' 72 kms from Mukthinath. A holy river called Kantaki gushes out from the said tank. A dip in this sacred river followed by the dharshan of Lord Visshnu in the form of Salagramam is believed to erase all the sins and certain to gift the devotee 'Mukthi'. Hence the name Mukthi kshethram. The river Kantaki is regarded as equal to that of the Ganges. It was worshipped as Hiranyavathi in the Kirutha Yuga. The very name 'Hiranyam' denotes gold. There is no wonder that in this holy river, Vishnu and Siva in
the form of Salagramam with golden rays are being produced."Bruhath Sthothra Rathnakaram" is a very old and popular book in Sanskrit with authenticity. This is an unparalled book that describes the
spiritual values of Salagramam, its various kinds and the mode in it has to be worshipped etc.
Sri Narasimha Puranam, Sri Thathva Nidhi and Sri Vedhantha Rudhra Bashyam are the famous books that also speak highly and beautifully about the kinds of Salagramam , their divine values , the story of river Kantaki and when and why Lord Vishnu assumed the form of
Salagramam.

Why Lord incarnated as Salagramam:

The ratio between the innocent and the wicked is not always the same. The index has been a changing factor. In the Thretha and Dhuvabhara yuga innocents(saadhus) were the majority ones. The wicked were the minority. This has become vice verse in this Kali Yuga i.e. the wicked and the
criminals are the manority now. Admittedly the innocent has become a rare species. People are forced to think that it is foolish to be very innocent in this world of fraud and prejudice. Even those who have the inclination to worship god with Bhakthi would be tempted to commit evil acts. Only to
alleviate the common man from these evils Vishnu has showed an easier way of worship. Worshipping through easy ways and thereby getting the benefits and finally to reach mukthi which is the main objective of our birth in this world. Lord Vishnu is bhakthi bound and hence he has assumed the form of Salagramam, a mode of simplification of the Omniscient. Divya Desam is a holy place that is praised by the Aazhwars their poetic works. A house where 12 Salagramam is worshipped is equal to a Divya Desam."The most important and the fundamental thing that is essential for the
worship of Salagramam is Bhakthi alone and nothing else. May be, one has committed a heinous crime or offence or sin. But when he sits down and worships the salagramam with a strong determination not to repeat such sins in the future will be relieved of all such sins" vouches Bruhath
Rathnakaram. Due to the evil effect of Kali Purusha, we are not interested to chant the name of Vishbnu. But if one just worships and Salagramam and recite His names, Lord's blessings will shower on such a devotee.This is due to the fact that He has simplified Himself to the devotee.
When our mind is subjected to various temptations and vacillations in additions to the changing environments, the Salagrama worship comes in 'handy'. Temples have been constructed with due observance of lthe Vedha Aakama sastras starting from the temple tower to the sanctum anctorium. Every part of the temple including the installation of the idols have been empowered with proper mantra and yanthra. Strict observaance of the rules have to be followed to worship the deities in a temple. There are many restriction imposed to a devote including the purity of heart. Only then could
he have a dharshan. The restrictions imposed on the priests of the temple are stricter. The priest has to be a veteran in the vedha Aahama saastra . Also he has to be very pious and observe the rituals laid down for performing the abishekam and archana and alangara for the idol. Any violation of these
rules would severely affect the sanctity in the sanctum sanctorium.

Salagrama Puja:

Whatever the problems or the strains in the living conditions, one has to compulsorily perform the daily pujas to the Lord. The only easy way to perform such puja is possible by observing the Salagrama puja. The strict puja rules laid down for the installed idols will not hold
good for the Salagramam worship.

As a first step abishekam with pure water has to be performed on the Salagramam. Next comes abishekam with milk. This should be followed by again performing abishekam with pure water. Then it has to be gently wiped with a pure towel/cloth. Sandal paste (prepared by hand grinding with a
sandal wooden piece against a white piece of rock) mixed with Pachai Karpuram and Kungumapoo has to be applied on it. Lighted incense stick (Dhoopam) has to be presented to it followed by the regulr worship. The cooked rice for our daily use has to be offered to the Salagramam as
neivaedhyam.

The devotee is at free to get the guidance from the elders who observe the rites and rituals for the proper aaradhana and abishekam. He can also get their Upadesam (directions) and blessings and start daily pujas. Organizing daily puja is bound to give a very great benefit to the devotee. Tulsi and
prescribed flowers may also be offered to the Salagramam.

The advantages of Salagrama Puja:

Morning dharshan of the Salagramam that is worshipped in the house daily is bound to give the purity to the devotee equal to that of dip in the Ganges. Taking a drop of the abisheka theertham
of the Salagramam daily will give the effect equal to the combined effect of drinking the holy waters of all the sacred rivers including manasrovaram, pushkaram, brammasaras, Suriya kuntam
Kurukshethram etc. Such benefit is an instant one too.
Saalagrama theertham is regarded as the Vishnu Patha Theertham. It will remove the dhoshams related to premature death and Brahma hathi.
The neivedhya rice is bound to improve our health. A home with a Salagramam is regarded as a temple. The Salagramam has the power to nullify the evil effects of Atharvana Vedha and other
black magics such billy, sunyam etc. within a radius of 5 miles
from its location.
Worshipping a Salagramam along with Dwaragasila (mahalakshmi) that is available in the Gomathy river is bound to bestow very great favourable espects (punniyam) . Even Yama would be afraid to enter the house where Salagramam is being worshipped.
In this Kali Yuga no puja or no worship is equal to Salagrama pura and worship.
 

Nara

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Please permit me to make a couple of corrections.....

Muktinath is in the mountains, there is no road leading up to it.

The closet point that can be reached by road is a place called Pokhara, some 160 KM east of Katmandu. From there, you have to travel north another about 100 KM, only by propeller plane, to a small town called Jomshom up in the mountains. Then, it is 18 KM of arduous trek to Muktinath, some 14,000 feet above sea level -- half the distance is along river Ghandaki, not Kantaki. The source of Ghandaki river is another 4 or 5 days of trekking.

Thirumangai Azhvar sang 10 verses on this place and he ended each verse with the phrase, சாளிக்கிராமம் அடை நெஞ்சே -- perhaps he could not go to the site himself and so sent just his mind. Here is one of those 10 verses in which Azhvar packs in some of the inseparable unity between the duality concept that came to be known as Visihtadvaitam.
ஏனோர் அஞ்ச வெஞ்சமத்துள் அரியாய்ப் பரிய இரணியணை
ஊனார் அகலம் பிளவெடுத்த ஒருவன்தானே இருசுடராய்
வானாய் தீயாய் மாருதமாய் மலையாய் அலை நீர் உலகனைத்தும் தானாய்
தானுமானான் தன் சாளக்கிராமம் அடை நெஞ்சே!
 
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