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SriVaishnavam - The Philosophy !
108 Dhivya Desam - Thiruchaalagraaam

Location :  Saalagraamam in Nepal
Perumaal :  Sree Murthy,
Thaayaar :  Sree Devi
Theertham : Chakra Theertham
Paasuram  : ThirumangaiAzhwar, PeriyAzhwar
Vimaanam : Kanaka Vimanam
Travel Base : Nepal

Description : Muktinath is a pilgrimage shrine located 140 miles from Kathmandu in the snow clad Himalayas. It is located near the Gandaki river famous for the Salagrama stones. River Gandaki is also known as Narayani or Salagrami. Muktinath is also one of the 51 Sakthi Peethams of India. About 16 miles from Muktinath is the Damodara Kundam, the source of this river. The Salagrama stones held in worship are found in this part of Nepal.

 

The Tamil Azhwars of the 1st millennium CE have sung of Salagramam in the Naalayira Dhivya Prabandam. PeriyAzhwar refers to Krishna as Salagramamudaiya Nambi in one of his verses dedicated to Krishna, in a decad describing Krishna as a child. In another verse, in a decad describing Thirukkandam or Kadinagar, he refers to Salagramam with the comment that Perumaal enshrined in Mathura, Salagramam, Dwaraka, Ayodhya and Sree Vaikuntam is the same as the one (Purushottaman) enshrined in Thirukkandam or Kadinagar (Devaprayag). ThirumangaiAzhwar in his decad of verses declares that Salgramam is home to Rama and that the deity of Kudandai, and Ooragam resides at Salagramam.

 

There is no firm agreement on the whereabouts of the Sree Vaishnava Dhivya Desam Thiruchaalagramam.  One school of thought considers Muktinath in the snow clad Himalayas in Nepal to be Salagramam, while another considers the bank of the Gandaki   river enroute to Muktinath from Kathmandu as Thiruchaalagraamam.