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Shaligram Puja at Home - How to Worship Salagrama?

The Salagrama Shila or Saligrama Stones are the embodiment of Lord Vishnu - Bhagavan Sri Krishna. It is one of the most valued possessions in a Hindu home. Below is a simple procedure to do Shaligram Puja Puja at home. The worship of the stone at home assures in peace and prosperity. Shaligram Puja is also performed along with Tulsi Puja.

Holy Shaligram Stones

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.

Simple Puja

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.

Mantra

  • The mantra chanted while worshipping Salagrama is the Purushasookta Mantra.
  • If not possible you can chant: 'Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya' or ' Om Namo Narayanaya.'

How to Worship Salagrama?

  • Take bath and wear yellow or white color clothes.
  • Offer prayers to Ganesha in mind.
  • Usual worship procedure is to bathe the Salagrama in water in a small container.
  • Offer some Tulsi leaves.
  • Light a lamp using cow ghee - one wick is preferred.
  • Offer karpur or dhoop (not essential).
  • Offer chandan.
  • Sprinkle yellow flowers and uncooked rice.
  • Offer a fruit or yellow color sweet.
  • Chant the mantra 108 times. To keep count you can use a Tulsi Mala.
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.

What if I do not have a Salagrama?

You can always the puja in mind. 

Benefits of Salagrama Puja

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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