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Lord Shri Swaminarayan
At the end of the 18th century, the Sadhu Nilkanth-Surjadas came to
Muktinath at the age of eleven. He practiced severe penance there
for two and a half months and attained the highest degree of proficiency
in Nishkamvrat (celibacy, self-control and non-attachment to worldly
objects). This great Sadhu later became known as Lord Shri Swaminarayan,
Satguru of Sabij Yoga, the goal of which is the realization of and
service to God Supreme. Lord Shri Swaminarayan from the very beginning
threw open the doors of his teachings for all people, Jains, Muslims,
Parsis and Khojas, women and men alike. For more information about
Shri Swaminarayan one can visit the site
of The Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha
(BAPS), a socio-spiritual organization established in 1907 by Swami
Yagnapurushdas, or the www.swaminarayan.nu
site. See also the picture of his
monument at Muktinath.
If you just want to know more about the history and backgrounds of
Hinduism you could consult an article
by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty. If you are interested in definitions
of terms and names, The
Encyclopaedia Mystica could be the site you are looking for, as
well as the Britannica
site mentioned above. Roger Garin-Michaud collected more
Hindu Spiritual Calendar
For a Hindu spiritual calendar, please see the website of The
Divine Life Society.
The religious texts section on the Web site of one David Wiley contains
a list of all kinds
of religious texts, including Hindu texts. For a Amazon.Com Hindu
Bibliography, see the site of Roger
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In 2000 the MFI published the first (online) map
of Muktinath. The current one is a 2006 update based on a satelite
For links to information
regarding Salagrama Silas (stone shape) please see our special Salagrama
Sila links page.
For more information on the spot Salagrama, please see A
Brief Introduction to Muktinath and the page on Krishna
by Visitors to Muktinath
Several visitors to Muktinath made webpages
with pictures and travel stories.
of David Metsky
Site of Henk
de Jong, Holland
Much snow in the pictures
of Yen Chin from Taiwan.
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