The Salagrama Shila or Saligrama Stones are the embodiment of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the most valued possessions in a Hindu home. Salagram stones have some sort of a natural cavity drilled into them. The Saligrama also has several natural markings of auspicious things associated with Lord Vishnu like Sankha, Chakra etc. Salagrama symbolizes Lord Vishnu and is worshipped by Hindus.
The Salagrama worship is noted for simple procedures. There are no complex rituals and pujas. It is said that the very presence of Shaligrama stone at home brings peace and happiness.
Usual worship procedure is to bathe the Salagrama in water and then offer some Tulsi leaves.
The water that is used to wash Salagrama is not spilled on the ground. Instead it is sprinkled on the people present for puja. Similarly, the Tulsi is also distributed.
It is said that worship of Salagrama helps in redemption of sins. The presence of Saligrama while performing Shraddh ceremonies is auspicious as it pleases the souls of the ancestors.
Salagram is also one of the Hindu symbols.
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