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SacredSalagram By: Divya Venkat
What is a Salagram? • It is a sacred stone representing the abstract form of Lord Vishnu. They vary in size and shapes • Hindu Vaishnavas place these stones in their puja alters for daily worship.
Where are Salagrams found? • Deep in the hidden places of the high Himalayas in the north-west regions of Nepal. Gandaki River flows through Mukti Nath and Damodar Kunda. They are found in the river banks of the Gandaki River One who comes into contact with this sacred stream will be liberated from the cycle of birth and deaths.
Other facts • The salagram stones are hundreds of million years old. • The marks on the salagram give it a special significance. • The salagram comes in different colors, and all are considered sacred. • The different shapes are associated with different incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
Some shapes of Salagrams • Matsya-murti : shaped like a fish • Hayagriva-murti: shaped like the head of a horse • Varaha-murti: has a snout-like bulge • Narasimha-murti: has a gaping mouth of a lion with sharp teeth • Hayagriva: has marks of a lotus and it is shaped like the head of a horse
Procedure to follow for puja • Sit in a position in which you can face the East or North-east direction. • Wash the salagram with ganga jal poured from the conch shell. • Place some kusha grass in a stainless steel glass filled with water to sprinkle over the Salagram. • Now, put the Salagram on some pipal leaves placed on a plate. Light the camphor, incense sticks and the lamp filled with ghee. • Apply some sandal paste on the Salagram and place some fresh tulsi leaves in front of the Shila. • Light the lamp and move it in a circular, clockwise movement of the hand in front of the Salagram. • Chant the mantra: "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare" nine times. • Offer milk, fruits or sweets to the Salagram
Who can worship Salagram? • The Padama Purana says that even people who are the lowest, who are ruled by anger, lust and greed – even such people if they worship the Salagram shila can be elevated to the abode of Lord Vishnu. • Worship of Salagram Sila can be done by women, sudras, brahmanas, ksatriyas, etc. and they can all achieve the eternal abode of Lord Krishna perfectly. • Especially in every brahmanas house there must be a sälagräma-shilä to be worshiped by the brahmanas family.
QUIZ • What is a salagram? • Where are salagrams found? • Name atleast 2 types of salagram. • Can anyone recite the “varam deva” sloka.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Works Cited • http://www.rudrakshanepal.com/page-15-Shaligram_Stones • http://www.indiayogi.com/content/shaligram/ • http://www.shaligram.org/ Thank You!