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  • Puja Ritual

    What is a Ritual and how you define the word Puja?

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    Dhoop Sambrani or Frank incense offered while the worship

    Apart of puja rituals, the Vaishnava Tradition have a very unique feature by worshipping a sacred stone found only the in holy Riverbed of Nepal, Gandaki. Other traditions also keep Salagrama as a very sacred object representing Gods blessing to this earth, Vaishnavas are exclusively do puja to this Salagrama Sila every day.

    Salagrama Sila – a mystical Expierence (by Amaraprabhu dasan K. Archaka)

    When I first came in contact with the Salagrama Sila worship I was stuck with positive feelings and individual expressions by the devotees towards that specific Form of the Lord, that I developed the wish to learn pujas and all things connected with that.

    I got good advises from different friends and I started my long trips to India and Nepal for the purpose of learning and finding my Lord in a Sila Form.
    Visiting Muktinath and the Gandaki River, meeting different Pandits of other Vaisnava-Schools helped me a lot for finding some answer in that research too.
    Finally I recieved the Lord’s Mercy with 21 Vishesa Salagrama Silas for my Nitya Aradhana Puja along with a beautiful Laxmi Narasimha Deity.

    But still I’m baffled with the fantastic and most exiting Darshan where ever I see Salagrama Sila being worshiped, or kept on the Altar, in Homes etc…!?!

    Why???
    Is it because the unique feature and appearance of a Salagrama?

    Or that a great Pandit in Nadi Sastra can identify the various Forms of the Lord by seeing and touching the Sila?

    Is it the adventure and risk one has to take to go so far from hometown, walking long distances with all kinds of difficulties, and pray for ones Istha Deva* to appear as a Salagrama Sila?

    Or finally is it the opposite to find out “is it all truth, and no fake story?”

    All of the points mentioned here could be applied to my little self, and I found out many mystical points regarding Salagram Sila and the cult on it, but still so much knowledge lies hidden buried in old palm leaf manuscripts.
    Recently I have found an old manuscript on the Salagram Ksetra Mahatmya (incomplete) in a Library in South India, with tremendous input on the appearance of the Ksetra itself (Bhu devi is gloryfying the Salagrama* place, and that she feels blessed with the appearance of the Ksetra on her surface).
    Nowadays not much is known about that Ksetra, except some scriptural reference in Mahabharata show the antiquity and richness of ancient knowledge over Salagram Ksetra and His citizens *. Thousands of years ago, Tirumangai Alwar went by foot from South India in the most difficult area of the subcontinent in that time and composed beautifully hymns on Salagrama Ksetra.

    Likewise Ramanuja and Madhvacarya did the same.

    And all of them brought beautiful Salagrama Silas back home. Madhvacarya even got few very rare Salagrama Silas from his Guru Vyasadeva, one of them a Ugra Narasimha Sila kept in a Box from that time on and worshiped in Kukke Subrahmanya (South Karnataka) still today.

    In Kerala Ananta Padmanabha Swamy of Trivandrum is made of 12000 Salagrama Silas, and Adi Keshava Perumal is made of 16008!!! Salagrama Silas affixed with a special paste of Guggul and dust of precious diamonds. Both are huge in size divided in three Altars for visitors to see.

    Udupi Krishna Deity in west Karnataka on the coast of the Arabic Sea, is made also from a Salagrama Sila and in Melkote a huge Yoga Narasimha Deity had manifested thousand of years ago from a Salagrama Sila due to the prayer of Prahlad Maharaj, His dear most Devotee.

    A great Saint of the Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya Gopal Bhatta Goswami visited Muktinath in the 15.century and some precious Salagrama Silas where jumping in his Kamandalu* when he took water from the Gandaki River for his holy Bath.

    Few years later one of these Silas re-manifested the sweet will of the Lord by showing the Tribhanga Krsna Form in His full majestic appearance. That specific Krsna is world-famous, worshiped in Vrindavan since than uninterrupted with the name Sri Sri Radha Ramana.

    Seeing all this history and events one will become interested in the mystical worship of Salagrama and his surroundings!
    But what my little self can say to that subject??? May only one sentence I can give: “one feels blessed to worship a Salagrama”.

    When I got my first Salagram Sila I was in Vrindavan and I had prayed deeply for some kind of spiritual help in my Sadhana and devotional feelings.

    Both occur when I went back to Germany with Him. I learned many angles on Pancaratra puja and prathisthas, homas etc…could not one say “Only by the Grace of Him”?

    Later I got many different Salagramas presented and donated, and at home i have right now 12 Visesa Narasimha Salagramas and around 24 different forms of Lord Vishnu, which get every day puja according to Pancaratra prayogas.

    After I went with my friend Cira to Muktinath and Damodar Kund (Nepal) on a trip of 19 days walking in the year 2007, we had to pass two high passes of over 5000 meters. The nature in that area is wonderful and one feels blessed in the presence of the glacier Damodar Himal and Brigukutachala. The border to china/Tibet is just a stone trow away from the kundas and even in the summer time it was freezing cold in the night (around -15 celsius).

    With the blessing of our teacher and gardian we returned safe and planning a new trip to this forbidden Kingdom of Loh in the summer 2011.