SACRED VEDIC STONES
Sri Shalagram Shila
Deity: Sri Vishnu Unmounted Origin: Nepal Value:
Priceless Vidhi: Daily Puja
Pictured above is an exceptionally perfect and very rare "Vamana"
Salagrama Sila adorned with the sacred Chakra of Lord Sri Visnu.
This Salagrama is also known as Vasudev. Origin: The
Krishna-Gandaki River in Nepal. According to the Gautamiya Tantra,
"a stone from any place other than the Gandaki River in Nepal
can never be a Salagrama Sila.
In Sri Hari-bhakti-vilas it is stated, "merely by touching
a genuine Salagram Sila one becomes free from the sins of millions
of births, so what to speak of worshiping Him. By puja of Salagrama
Sila one gains the direct association of Lord Hari." The Skanda
Purana states that, "a genuine Salagram Sila is directly a
manifestation of the Supreme Lord Visnu and does not require any
is further stated that, "the sale or purchase of a
Salagram Sila is strictly prohibited. Anyone who attempts
to determine the material value of a Salagrama Sila will
live in hell until the end of the universe. The area within
a radius of twenty-four miles from where a Salagrama Sila
is worshiped is considered a holy place (tirtha).
Anyone who sees, bathes, worships, or bows to a Salagrama Sila
will receive the same piety as doing millions of sacrifices
andgiving millions of cows in charity."
Without having accumulated pious activities, it is very difficult
to find a Salagrama Sila in this world, especially in the
age of Kali-yuga." In the Padma Purana it is stated,
"if a devotee who is properly initiated in prescribed
mantras does the puja of Salagrama Sila, he will attain
the Supreme Lord's spiritual abode without a doubt.
Sri Shalagram Sila is manifest externally as a water-tumbled stone;
therefore Shalagram Silas may be said to be gems. The word 'gem'
is used for any fine quality stone, pearl or coral that is rare,
attractive, portable, durable, valuable, and powerful; in the
case of Shalagram Sila the ruling Deity is Lord Hari, also known
as Sri Narayana Bhagavan.
Because a Shalagram Sila is ruled by Bhagavan, Who is greater than the
sum total of ALL the universes (mahat-tattva), therefore the 'material'
worth of a real Shalagram Sila is beyond calculation and impossible
to measure. Buying/selling a Shalagram Sila is considered a sinful
offense; receiving a gift of a genuine Shalagram Shila from a
qualified Hari-bhakta is the only way to properly obtain such
a priceless and spiritual (and material) treasure.
A normal fine quality planetary gem, like a ruby or pearl, needs
only an initial invocation to begin ownership; but a Sri Shalagram
Sila must be worshiped daily with certain paraphernalia such as
Tulasi leaves, Ganga-jala, fruit and water, etc. Puja is offered
to Shalagram Sila according to the desire of Paramatman within
the heart of the devotee. Sri Shalagram Sila ALWAYS controls his
Own worship from within the heart of His sevak
Vedic Quotes on Sri Shalagram Shila
Simple Sri Shalagram Shila Puja
Sri Govardhan Shila
Deity: Sri Krishna, Origin: Govardhan Mountain in Vraja dham, North India,
Value: Priceless, Vidhi: daily puja, NOTE: This stone was worshipped
over 500 years ago by Hari Uttama bhakta, Paramahansa Srila Radhunatha
Origin of Govardhan:
In the western coast of India, in the island of Salmali, lived
Dronachala, the king of the mountains. Once a sage by the name
of Pulastya Muni, came to him to take his son Giriraja with him
to Kashi (Varanasi). After offering some initial resistance, Giriraja,
somehow agreed to go with him only on condition that he should
not put him down on the earth in between. If he does so, he would
stay there forever.
When they were flying over the Vraja bhumi, Giriraja increased his
weight to the extent that Pulastya had no option but to put him
down. Pulastya understood the mischief of Giriraja. He became
furious and cursed him that he would decrease by a grain everyday.
But then repenting on the curse he gave to Giriraja, he assured
him that he would be blessed in the Dvapara Yuga and everybody
would start worshipping him since then.
This happened in the Satya yuga. Brahmaji wished to create the Dvapara
Yuga but because of the portentous phenomenon of Ravana, he had
to create the Treta Yuga. In this yuga, Hanumanaji on the instructions
of Lord Rama, came to take Giriraja for the cause of constructing
a pull on the ocean.
Giriraja at once agreed to go for the service of Lord Rama. But before
they reached, the pull was ready and there was no need of additional
stones. Giriraja was very dissappointed on not having the darshana
of Lord Rama.
On knowing the sorrow of Giriraja, Lord Rama sent a message saying
that, "...by the end of the Dvapara Yuga, the Supreme Personality
of Godhead, Sri Krishna will Himself appear and play on you and
will also worship you. In the kaliyuga, the devotees shall attain
numerous divine supernatural powers by worshipping you.''
In Sarasvata Kalpa, i.e. the end of the Dvapara Yuga, Bhagavan Sri
Krishna stopped the worship of Indra and started the Govardhana
Puja by doing it Himself. It was a wonderful sight. Being worshipped
by Sri Krishna, Giriraja himself became like Sri Krishna. It was
like He (Sri Krishna) worshipping Himself. Since then all the
six seasons resided permanently on Giriraja.
Besides this, the eight gates of the Asta Sakha's from where they entered
the nitya lila, are also on the Govardhan hill. The Asta Sakha's,
who reside on the Govardhan hill are in differrent places, each
of which were passionately attached to their respsctive Deities
of those places.
Sri Govardhan Mountain, Vraja-mandala, U.P., India
Sri Dvaraka Shila
The Varaha Purana says that whoever touches a shila with the mark
of a Vishnu-cakra will become free of all sins. The Garuda Purana
declares that simply the darshana of Sudarshana and other dvaraka-shila
fulfils all desires. The Skanda Purana declares that without a doubt
if a very sinful man worships a dvaraka-shila with devotion, or
even without devotion, he becomes free from all sinful reactions.
According to the Dvaraka Mahatmya, a shila marked with cakras coming
from Dvaraka is also called cakra-tirtha. Even if this shila is
worshipped by a sinful person from a degraded country, the worships
still becomes liberated.
Shiva - Kailash Pati
Sri Kailash Shila
Om namah shivaya! Om namah shivaya! Om namah
shivaya! This is the Sanskrit mantra (invocation) chanted
by pilgrims and devotees of Lord Shiva as they walk (clock wise)
around the great, unscaled, sacred Himalayan peak, Mount Kailasa.
This chant means, "Om, I bow to Lord Shiva." And this
act of great austerity is considered by both Hindus & Buddhists
alike as a very pious and difficult sacrifice leading to good
fortune and ultimate beautitude.
In the Sanskrit-English dictonary of Prof. V.S. Apte, "Kailasa"
is defined as, Name of a mountain, a peak of the Himalayas
and residence of Shiva. In the same dictonary, Shiva
is defined as, Auspicious, propitious, lucky, in good health
or condition, happy, prosperious, fortunate, God bless!, name
of the third God of the sacred Hindu Trinity (Tri-guna-avatara's),
who is entrusted with the work of universal destruction, as Brahma
and Visnu are with the creation and preservation of the (material)
Shiva also has many other meanings listed such as, Final beatitude,
the male organ (lingam), the Vedas (ancient Sanskrit scriptures),
and the husband of Goddess Durga (Maya-devi), who is also known
as Sati, Uma, and Parvati; and she is Shiva's shakti (material
energy). Together Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga reside on Mount
Kailasa for the duration of the cosmic manifestation or the life-span
of the temporary material universe.
Stones (rocks) from Mount Kailasa are brought back by the stalwart devotees
who take the one-two month trip to walk around the base of the
sacred Mount. These stones or bits of Mount Kailasa
are considered to be non-different from Lord Shiva, who is greater
than the sum total of the entire universe; therefore it is considered
an offence to buy or sell a Sri Kailasa-sila (stone).
It is impossible to place a material value on a Sri
Deity: Sri Shankar - Time of invocation: Daily at Sunrise -
Mantra of Invocation: Om namah shivaya! -108 times
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