Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura"When seeing a Srimurti, do not even see the image itself, but see the spiritual model of the image and you are a pure theist. Idolatry and Srimurti worship are two different things!"
Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura

Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa & Salagrama
The area around the Gandaki river is just a few hours walking from Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa and is connected to the veneration of Vishnu in the form of stones, called Salagrama Shilas (or Silas).
It is said the most beautiful ones can be found at this river at Salagrama, a place which is also connected to Krishna as can be read in this small article.

 Salagrama Shila (© 2003  Gosai Publishers)  Salagrama Shila & sources on the internet
You can find more backgrounds on Salagrama Shila in the article on Shalagrama-shila in the Journal of Religious Culture No. 33 (2000) by Padmanabh Goswami, Vaishnava Acharya, Head Priest of the Radharaman Mandir in Vrindavana, India.

See also the article on Salagrama Sila of Swami B. G. Narasingha at the Saranagati website and
some details of the Narasimha-salagrama at

Salagrama Shilas can not be obtained via the MFI
N.B. Regularly the MFI receives requests to send Salagrama Shilas or to provide addresses of shops in Nepal selling them. However the MFI never grants such requests since as a charity we do not consider it appropriate to take part in the distribution of Salagrama Shilas in any way.
We hope for your kind understanding.

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