We first worship Azhvars and Acharyas. We see Prapanna jana kootastha, Nammalwar. He is seated with upadesa mudra. Next we see the last among Alwars, Tirumangai Alwar, in standing pose. On one side is Garuda. When the Lord wants to see His reflection, He would look at Vedas and Garuda is Vedas, personified! Therefore, Garuda stands in front of the Lord to look at His reflection! Then we see Swami Ramanuja, who came here and did lot of renovations and service. He preached all over, that only the Lord could grant us Mukti and so came to Muktinath! below, is Swami Manavala Mamunigal. The Adisesha incarnation, Swami Manavala Mamunigal, is seated on Sesha Peetam! He had also visited this place and did lots of service. When all these devotees are there, can Sri Andal be away? Sri Andal, Who was born in Srivilliputthur, is also gracing here. With their blessings, we will now go inside to have darshan of the Lord.
The Lord is seated at the center, with Sri Sridevi and Sri Bhudevi standing on His sides. The Lord Sri Muktinath or Sri Mukti Narayana is seated in Padmasana. The idol is made of Salagrama stone. Swayam vyakta or spontaneously appeared Kshetrams are 8:
- Vanamamalai [Nanguneri or Totadri]
- Sri Mushnam
- Tirumala or Tiruvenkatam
- Salagrama or Muktinath.
niyatasya tu saṃnyāsaḥ karmaṇo nopapadyate
mohāt tasya parityāgas tāmasaḥ parikīrtitaḥ 18.7
If one does like this, one would have abandoned karma out of tamo quality. Tamo quality will induce delusion and wrong perception. Both Swami Vedanta Desika in his Tatparya Chandrika and Swami Ramanuja in his Gita Bhashyam, have explained the result of tamo quality here. Tamo quality will induce delusion, laziness, sleepiness or drowsy and carelessness. By this wrong perception will be formed. We may mistake rope for snake and pillar for thief, etc. All poojas and aradanas for the Lord are righteous courses of action, according to Vedas. But this person in tamo quality wrongly understands and thinking these actions or karmas, hurt self and others, and so they have to be altogether avoided. This wrong perception is called vipareeta gyana. He mistakes dharma as adharma! Niyatasya = routine or nitya, karmana = duties [as prescribed in Shastras], samnyasa = sacrifice, tu na = also not, upapadyate = agreeable. Avoiding our nitya karmas is not agreed upon. Because, mohat = due to delusion, tasya parityaga = sacrificing the karma itself, parikrita = is believed to be, tamasa = out of tamo quality. We should remember previous advice of the Lord in BG 3.14 [sloka 3.13], that even those in gyana yoga have to live and continue in Gyana. He had told that even if a person had decided to do only Gyana yoga and not do karma yoga, karmas can not be abandoned. Because, he has to look after his body to do Gyana yoga. We have no authority to starve and die. So we have to eat, and food has to be earned in honest ways. That means some effort and work have to be done. These are all karma. Also, we have to eat food offered to the Lord in a pooja or yagna. The Lord said that such food only enable one to reach Moksham. That means karmas have to be performed. Thus even if we decide to perform only Upasana, karmas can never be abandoned. Performing karmas, pleases the Lord and enables the body to concentrate on Upasana or Bhakti. Therefore, thinking karmas is adharma only shows tamo quality. Let us therefore, perform poojas to Salagrama and avoid tamo quality.