The glory of Salagramams and their worship —
Informations gathered from many sources—particulary from ”India Divine–website ”
Do you know ”Gandaki river” ?
It is one of the major rivers of adjecent Nepal Country and also a tributary of the river Ganges in our country–India.
This also called Krishna Gandaki in Nepal.
This Gandaki River Is an Important River for Hindus ——-
It is here that Valmiki Rishi wrote the great epic, Ramayana.(Thredha yuga )
The ancient Valmiki Ashram still exists even today which is a pilgrimage centre to all Hindus.
Also, it is believed to be the birthpalce of LuvA and Kusha, the two famous sons of Sri Rama and Sita.
The hermitage also landmarks the ‘Falahar” (eating place) of Sita.
It is also believed that Ashwamedh horse was tied here.
Do you know another important information ?
This river is mentioned in the epic of Mahabharata.( Dwapara Yuga )
Its evolution is described in Shiva Purana.
One of the most important features of the river is
the availability abundently of smooth, shining, black, stones in the river bed of Gandaki— called Saalagram.
Also known as shilas, these stones are revered and worshiped by Hindus as manifestations of Bagvan Vishnu himself.
It is said that these dark Himalayan fossils are believed to be somewhere
between 140 to 165 millions years old.
Each Salagramam piece is unique and they are worshiped
according to the markings and it’s shape.
Some Salagramams resemble Vishnu’s paraphernalia such as
chakra, lotus, conch, mace.
Salagramams are available in the river bed in different colours such as red, blue, yellow, green and black.
Of these, the yellow, blue and black varieties are considered more sacred.
The yellow and golden-colored Salagramams are considered most auspicious
and are believed to bestow great wealth and prosperity on its worshipers.
Salagramams of different shapes are often associated with different Avatars
or Incarnations of Sriman Narayanan (Vishnu) and
believed to bring differente energies with them when worshiped,
Few examples are—–:
Matsya: Incarnation of Vishnu in the form of fish.
It bestows the worshipper with peaceful environment, austerity and philanthropy.
Kurma: Incarnation of Vishnu in the form of Tortoise.
The worshiper gets immense perserverence, strong will power, patience, wealth and happiness in his life.
Varaha: Incarnation of Vishnu in the form of Boar.
Brings immense protection and removes negativity.
Nrusimha: Incarnation of Vishnu in the form of half man and half lion.
gives fearless and success in all endeavors to the worshippers
Vamana: Incarnation of Vishnu in the form of small dwarf.
grants immense strength to fight against all odds, evils and enemies, when worshipped .
Krishna: Worshipping this Salagramam will give great respect and dignity in the society.
Surya: Depicts Lord Vishnu himself. if worshipped it
brings the quality of the sun – to rule and to move continuously with brilliant radiance and strength.
Gives happiness, popularity and material gains.
Ganesha: when worshipped, removes obstacles and brings success in all endevours.
Shivlinga: Symbol of auspiciousness, brings health and peace.
The worshipping of thisSalagramam increases the family harmony.
Maha Vishnu: This is the most powerful Salagramam— when worshipped
it brings eternal peace granting influence of all ten incarnations .
Mahalakshmi: Those who worship this Salagramam get good health and wealth .
and he will succed in his business and service with out any loss with happy life .
Lakshmi Narayan: A rare Salagramam which is the direct representation
of Sri Mahalakshmi and Sri Narayanan. ( Divya dhampathi ) It
brings immense wealth, protection and very good health to those who worship this Salagramam
Lakshmi Nrusimhan: This is also very rare Salagramam –when worshipped it
brings protection, good fortune, peace and all worldly comforts.
Other interesting features —-:
Sri Krisha refers to the qualities of Salagramam in His discourse to Yudhistra.
In Padama purana,it is said that a gruha is better than a pilgrimage centre if you find a gruha with a Salagramam
If morethan ten Salagramams are there in a house , it is a ”Divy–deasam” and
the worshipper of these Salagramams performing ”nithya–thiruvaaradana;” need not necessarily go to a temple for worship
In Skandapurana, Shiva has narrated the importance of SAlagramam .
In Brahmvaivartpurana, it is narrated that wherever you find Salagramam , there is Sri Maha Vishnu residing .
Taittiriya Upanishad and Brahma Sutras, elobarate the worship of Salagramam in the shape of Sri Maha Vishnu.
The largest and the heaviest Salagramam is worshipped at Jagannath Temple
The main ISKCON temple in Scotland, called Karuna Bhavan is famous for housing the largest number of Salagramams outside our Country.
The Salagramams are mostly hereditary from fathers to sons worshipping them without any break of time
Sons used to feel very happy if they inherit the qualification of worshipping ”Salagramam” from their fathers—
One Salagrama pooja is fine–but there should not be TWO –there can be three or more than that —
The Thiruvaradana of ”Dwaraka sila moorthi” along with ”Salagramam” is most welcome and it’s glory is beyond words —-
During ”Vivahams” the father of the bride will present ”Salagramam” to his Son–in–law along with other gifts
Sale and purchase ofSalagramams are prohibited —-
The above narration is only a tip from the ocean of details of ”Salagramams”
Sri U.Ve. Murali Battar is the authority to explain all these in detail—
Sarvam Sree Hayagreeva preeyathaam