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DETAILED ARTICLE ABOUT Saligrama - Shree Saligramam sila - Lord Vishnu Saligramas IN ENGLISH

Shila, (शिला in Devanagari, śila in IAST) refers to a Vaishnava (Hindu) aniconic representation of Vishnu, in the form of a spherical, usually black-coloured Ammonoid fossil found in the sacred river Gandaki. [1] They are more often referred to as Shilas, with Shila being the shortened version. The word Shila translates simply to 'stone' and Shaligram is a less well-known name of Vishnu. The origin of the name is traced to a remote village in Nepal where Vishnu is known by the name of Shaligraman. Shaligram in Hinduism is also known as Salagrama. The name Salagrama refers to the name of the village on the bank of Gandaki where the holy stones are picked up. The name is derived from the hut (sala) of the sage Salankayana, who beheld the form of Vishnu in a tree outside his hut (cf. Varaha-purana).

The Shilas (Ammonite fossils) are worshipped as manifestations of Vishnu himself, identifiable from other stones by special markings which resemble Vishnu's paraphernalia such as mace, conch, lotus and disc (chakra). Narasimhadeva, Varahadeva and Vamanadeva are popular forms of worship. They are either black, red, or mixed in colour and are usually kept closed in a box and are only brought out for daily worship (puja). The Shilas are usually hereditary and are passed down through many generations, never being purchased or sold.
According to Vaishnava belief, the worshipper of a Shaligram Shila must adhere to strict rules, such as not touching the Shaligrama without bathing, never placing the Shaligrama on the ground, eating only prasad, and not indulging in bad practices. In most Vaishnava temples the main deity is usually decorated with a 'garland' mala, specifically an Akshamala, of 108 Saligrama Shilas. But the real scientific story of Ammonoid fossil is not being told to the common people.The Ammonoid Is an extinct sea animal. Nowadays when original fossils are not being found, artificial ammonoid fossils in different form are being made available in the market for worship of Satnarayan Bhagwan.

Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil is closely associated with the origins of Shila worship.Once in anger Sarasvati cursed Lakshmi. Sarasvati's curse changed Lakshmi into a tulsi plant and forced her to live on earth forever. Vishnu, however, intervened and modified the curse, saying that Lakshmi would remain on earth as tulasi until the river Gandaki flowed from her body. In the meantime, He would wait by the riverside in the form of a stone to take her back to His abode. This stone was the Shaligram Shila, which thus remained on earth as a representative of Vishnu. The Shila Deities and the tulsi plant are thus always worshipped together as Vishnu and Lakshmi.

Historically, the use of Shaligrama (or Salagrama) Shilas in worship can be traced to the time of Adi Shankara through the latter's works. Specifically, his commentary to the verse 1.6.1 in Taittiriya Upanishad [4][5] and his commentary to the verse 1.3.14 of the Brahma Sutras [6] suggest that the use of Saligrama in the worship of Vishnu has been a well-known Hindu practice.
The largest and heaviest Shaligrama can be seen at the Jagannath Temple, dedicated to Vishnu, at Puri in Orissa. The main ISKCON temple in Scotland, called 'Karuna Bhavan' is famous for housing the largest number of Shaligram Shilas outside of India.

With Keshava in the form of Salagrama shila reside all the devatas, asuaras, yaksas and the fourteen worlds.--- Padma Purana[7]
The Lord resides in many places in which he may be worshipped, but of all the places Salagrama is the best.---Garuda Purana
Any person who has seen Salagram Shila, paid obeisances to Him, bathed and worshipped Him, has achieved the results of performing ten million sacrifices and giving ten million cows in charity.--- Skanda Purana – Hari-bhakti-vilas
“Any shila from the place of shalagrams can never be inauspicious though cracked, chipped, split in two though still in one piece, or even broken asunder.”--- Brahm Puran
“Merely by touching a shalagrama one becomes freed from the sins of millions of births, so what to speak of worshiping Him! By Shalagrama puja one gains the association of Lord Hari.”--- Gautamiya Tantr
“Shalagramas do not require installation ceremony. When one begins the worship of shalagrama, however he should start with elaborate puja using all articles. The worship of shalagrama is the best form of worship, better than the worship of the sun.”--- Skand Puran
"Devotees should take the charanamrita mixed with Tulasi leaves from the shalagrama in their hand and sip it, sprinkling the balance on their heads.“---Gautamiya Tantr
“All those holy rivers awarding moksha, such as the Ganga, Godavari and others, reside in the caranamrita (bath water) of shalagrama.”--- Padm Puran
“Shalagrama should not be placed on the earth or ground and worshiped.”---Sammohan Tantr
“In puja of shalagrama it is unnecessary to call the Lord for worship or request Him to return His abode upon completion.”--- Bhagavata Purana
“It is impossible to fully explain the importance of Tulsi leaves (Holy Basil) in the worship of shalagrama, as Tulsi is the most beloved consort of Hari in the form of shalagrama.”--- Brihan-naradiya Purana
“He who takes the charanamrita of shalagrama destroys all sinful reactions at their roots, even the killing of a brahmana.”--- Skand Puran
“By taking the remnants of foodstuffs offered to shalagrama, one will get the result of performing many sacrifices.”--- Skand Puran[8]
"One who has dranked the water that bathes a Shaligram at least once in life time won't have to suck his mother's breast for the second time. He has attained Moksha (liberation)" --- Skanda puran

The marks made by the shell of the ammonite give a Shaligram its characteristic appearance, with the pattern often resembling and representing the 'Sudarshan Chakra' or the discus with a sharp-toothed edge which rests on the index finger of Lord Vishnu. Shaligram stones come in different colors 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 Shaligrams are considered most auspicious and are believed to bestow great wealth and prosperity on its worshippers.

A Shaligrama – which has the marks of a shankha, Chakra, gada and padma arranged in a particular order – is worshiped as Keshava. With the change in the order of the four symbols, the name of the Shaligrama stone is also different and the images of such deities also have similar setting of the four symbols. The various orders and names are given for the twenty four permutations. These are well known names, which are the different names by which Lord Vishnu is known in the Hindu pantheon. The various versions of the Saligrama Shilas or stones vis-a-vis the order of the four symbols are:[9][10]
Shanka, chakra, gada and padma - Keshava
Padma, gada, chakra, shanka - Narayana
Chakra, shanka, padma and gada - Madhava
Gada, Padma, Shanka and Chakra - Govinda
Padma, shanka, chakra and gada – Vishnu
Shanka, padma, gada, chakra – Madusudhana
Gada, chakra, shanka and padma – Trivikrama
Chakra, gada, padma, shanka - Vamana
Chakra, padma, shanka, gada - Shridhara
Padma, gada, shanka, charka - Hrishikesh
Padma, chakra,gada, shanka - Padmanabha
Shanka, chakra, gada, padma - Damodara
Chakra, shanka, gada, padma - Sankarshana
Shanka, chakra, padma, gada - Pradyumna
Gada, shanka, padma, charka - Aniruddha
Padma, shanka, gada, chakra - Purushottama
Gadha, shanka, chakra, padma - Adhokshaja
Padma, gada, shanka, charka - Narasimha
Padma, chakra, shanka, gada – Achyuta
Shanka, chakra, padma, gada - Janardana
Gada, padma, shanka, chakra - Upendra
Chakra, padma, gada and shanka – Hari
Gada, padma, chakra and shanka - Krishna
Shanka, charka, padma, gada – Vasudeva

aligrama is also Known as Saligramam sila,Saligramamam,Saligram,Salagram or Saligrama. Saligrama is Lord vishnu himself found only in stone form(murthy form in kaligandaki river in nepal),this page includes the details info ,collection of saligrams.

Saligrama is Supreme Avatar of Lord Vishnu in Form of Holy Stone named as Saligrama.All Sacred Saligrama Stone is Found only in Gandaki River,Nepal.While Worshipping Saligrama,Tulasi leaves is offered to Saligrama(lord vishnu),Tulasi devi is offered as Signifying Goddess Lakshmi.
In Hindu Devotee house mostly Nepal and India,Tulasi vivaha or Literally known as 'Tulasi Marriage Ceremony' is Celibrated with Saligramam is conducted- sort of Kalyanotsavam for Saligrmam and Tulasi.
The Sacred Gandaki river where Saligramam stone is Found and Collected for Worship is also known as Krishna Gandaki or kali gandaki river which lies in Mustang district in Near Muktinath temple. Nepal Where saligrama is found is Home of Lord vishnu and mostly hindu Populous country.
No ,Saligrama sila Stone is Found in Any Colours but mostly 99 % percent as Black Colours in Appearance. White Colours are Rare. Black Colours Saligrama is also Scared and Rare but worshipped by mostly all Devotee. Red Colours Saligrama is not Worshipped in house and we should not worship red Saligramas.
Except Gandaki River in Muktinath Nepal ,Saligrama sila stone is not found in other Place.
mostly Saligrama sila is found in appearance with Sudarshana chakra but Some Saligrama have naturally golden colours marks,different holes,Crystal etc which are rare in nature.Saligrama is also found in shape of sankha,Chakr,Gada,Padma which are lord vishnu four hands, four weapon or symbol carried by lord vishnu in each hand.
According to Hindu Religious Scripts. Lord Vishnu Himself Said 'Hey BishwaKarma you Make My Saligrama Beautiful Design and Chakra'. From that Time Lord Bishwakarma came in Gandaki river and started making beautiful design,Chakra in Saligrama.It is said that Lord bishwakarma is present in Gandaki river in Form of Insect name as Bajrakeeta(water insects).

Lord Bishwakarma is also Known as God of Artitects,God Engineer ,Designer,Hindu God of Artitecture,God of Furnitures etc. Saligrama is found in Chakra and beautiful marks. Saligrama is mostly found inside Gandaki river where as some in bank of Gandaki river. There is no any Religious story behind on this but Scientifically when water in gandaki river flows hugely ,Some Saligrama move in bank of river.Saligrama inside Gandaki river is consider as very auspiciousness and Good in Comparing to Outer saligrama of Bank of river where different views of devotee is seen. But Spirtually all saligrama is lord vishnu(krishna) ,Saligrama donot have any fault on this.
Saligrama Having One chakra is sudarshan where as 2 chakra is consider as narayan(lord vishnu),3 chakra saligramam- achyut saaligrama - lord achyut sri krishna appears as 3 chakra shaligram,4 chakra is God janardhan Saligrama,5 chakra is God basudeva(krsna) Saligramas. According to some script ,A Saligrama with 7 holes and 14 chakras is known as Ananta Padmanabha Murthy. 2 holes and 4 chakras is Narayana Murthy and so on. All the Murthys are of the same power.But only more than 12 chakra is Ananta.

We Can read about Saligrama in all 18 Purans under different contexts. There is some small mythology book found in religious shop where we can read some topic about Saligrama . Only 18 puran and Shastra Described Saligrama Clearly .Only Expert Guru and priest also can described the value and details of Purana shortly. 
Dwarka sila is Lord Krishna himself. Dwarka sila is found in Dwarka river in india where as saligram is found in nepal,Kali Gandaki river. Dwarka sila is white in appearance where as saligrama in black. It is said that while worshipping Saligrama if any body keep dwarka sila,it is consider as Auspiciousness and can please lord vishnu easily.There is no any thing remain.

Abnormal sizes Saligrama should be kept in the Temples/Mutts etc. The size recommended for the puja in the house is smaller Saligramam which can be accommodated in the closed fist.We should not worship abnormal saligrama in house.
it is recommended to Bath(snan and abhiseck) Saligrama daily . If Someone who doesnot bath Saligramam should worship saligrama daily or by best we should try to snan daily . We should also bath which is very good day to bath Saligrama is in lord vishnu day in week ,every lord vishnu fasting day and special day of month,year etc.
There are different names of saligrama and name of lord vishnu saligrama,which are classified by holes,chakra ,different marks etc. which are describe below - Types of Saligramam are as follows
1. Lakshminarayana Saligrama, 2. Pradhyumna Saligrama, 3. Aniruddah Saligrama, 4. Vasudeva Saligrama,5. Sankarshana Saligrama(Balaram),6. Narasimha Saligrama ,7. Lakshmi Narasimha Saligrama. 8. Hayagriva Saligrama, 9. Sudarshana Saligrama, 10. Gadadhara Saligrama,11. Madhusudana Saligrama,12. Lakshminarayana Saligrama,13. Lakshmijanardhana Saligrama,14. Vamana Saligrama,15. Sridhara Saligrama,16. Raghunatha Saligrama,17. Damodara Saligrama,18. Rama Saligrama,19. Rajarajeshwara Saligrama,20. Anantha Saligrama,21.Kurma Saligrama ,22.Parshuram Saligrama,23.Varaha Saligrama,24. Krishna Saligrama,25.Buddha saligramam,26. Kalki Saligrama,27.Purshottam Saligrama,28.Santhana Gopal Saligrama ,29.Laddu Gopal saligrama,30.Trivikrama Saligrama.
Others name of lord vishnu(krishna) Saligrama sila
Ananta saligrama sila, Matsya Saligrama ,Anirudha Saligrama,Narasimhadeva Saligrama,Chaturmukhi Saligrama shila,Damodara Saligrama,Narayana Saligrama,Devi shaligrama,Padmanabha saligrama,
Gadadhara Saligrama,Paramesthi saligramas,Ganesha Saligrama,Pradyumna Saligramam,Gopala Saligramam,Purushottama Saligramam,Garuda saligramam,Sankarsana saligrama,Hayagriva saligrama,Shesha saligrama, Shivalinga saligram shila,Hiranyagarbha saligrama,Ratna Garva Saligrama,Hrishikesha shaligrama shila ,Sudarsana saligramam,Kapila saligrams,Vaikuntha shaligram,Keshava saligrama sila,Krishna Saligramam,Vishnu-panjara Saligrama murthy,
vishnu saligrama, Yogeshvaran shaligram shila.
Saligrama is lord vishnu himself,One can please and make happy god vishnu if even touch and Darshan Saligrama sila in life.Saligrama worship pleases god vishnu(krishna) and all God/Goddess.
Vaishnava worship the Saligrama the most sacred stone for six values of life, i.e. Righteous living, Wealth, Protection, good health, pleasures and Spiritual happiness. They used to worship Saligrams i.e. Vishnu in an abstract form i.e., God without form as a 'Saligrama'. The use of the Saligrama is similar to the use of 'Lingam' as abstract symbol of Lord Shiva . The Saligram is found in river Gandaki near Muktinath in Nepal. According to the Vaishnava and hindu devotee the Saligrama is the "dwelling place of Lord Vishnu" and any one who keeps it, must worship it daily. He must also adhere to the strict rules such as not touching the Saligrama without bathing, never placing the Saligram on the ground, avoiding non-vaishnavaite (or non-satvic) food and not indulging in the bad practices.
The Lord Krishna himself mentions the qualities of saligram to 'Yudhishtra' in the Mahabharta. Most of the Shaligrama are considered auspicious, some are very sacred, while others are considered to bring good luck, money, peace, sons and so on.
As per Skanda Purana, Padma Purana and other epics, the worshipper of Shree Saligrama knows no fear and is blessed to attain all desirable things, worldly comforts, good wife, good sons, good health, immense wealth, peaceful environment prevails in his surroundings and he gets immense protection against all evil forces. His all anxieties, mental tension goes off and all ambitions are fulfilled Even the water that has just touched the Saligrama Shila becomes Amrit” and by drinking it "man" is relived of all diseases. Worshipping of Saligrama helps in meditation and attainment of spiritual liberation.One will attain Baikuntha dham(home of lord vishnu) after life circle if some one care and worship saligrama sila ritually and devotionally there is no doubt on this.
Padhma Purnam has some rare facts about Saligrama.. Let us see those..

1) Those who worship ChakraSila / Saligrama will not be born again.

2) Dwaraka Sila and Saligrama will clear One’s Sin for the past 100 Births

3) One person who worship Saligrama and takes the Theertha Prasada, though has committed Thousand sins, will get rid all of them.
Saligrama worship is capable of get rid of Bharmahathi Sapa.

4) Puniya Theethas will get collected within 100 Yojana (Nearly 100 Ft) from the house where Saligrama Pooja is performed.

5) Saligrama worship and offerings made is manifested 100 times more than Kasi Kshetra. The House is also considered more Sacred than Kasi Kshetra.

6) Worshipping Saligrama, having saligrama Theertha is considered equivalent to performing Million Yagas! Million Cow Dhanas(Offerings). It is also sure that the person who worship Saligrama will not have rebirth.
Dash avatar shaligram
Sudarshan Chakra Shaligram
Round Shaligram
Matsya shaligram
Kurma Shaligram
Varaha Shaligram
Narasimha Shaligram
Vamana shaligram
Parashurama shaligram
Rama Shaligram
Balarama shaligram
Krishna Shaligram
Buddha shaligram
Kalki shaligram
Laxmi Narayan Shaligram
Hayagriva Shaligram
Lingam Shaligram (Shiva)
Laxmi Narasimha Shaligram
Kalpa Vriksha Shaligram
Hiranya Garva Shaligram
Laxmi Shaligram
Sumeru Shaligram
Sesh Narayan Shaligram
Vishnu Paduka shaligram
Narmada Lingam
Dwarka shaligram shila
Lord Shiva speaks to his son, Skanda - in this mortal world, if anyone does not worship Shalagram Shila, I do not not at all accept any of their worship and obeisances.
The Shaligrams are specifically described as fossil-stones which have taken shape in the Gandaki-river, and are characterized by the presence of discus marks. Shaligrams are always naturally found in the river Gandaki. These also include the famous Kali-Gandaki River , Muktinath, Damodar Himal, Damodar Kunda, Devghat, etc.
Shaligrams are sacred 'shilas' or stones representing the abstract form of Lord Vishnu. His followers, the Hindu Vaishnavas, place these stones in their puja altars for daily worship. Just as the abstract form of Shiva is the stone ‘lingam’ which the Shaivites worship in their temples and homes, so is the ‘shila’ of Lord Vishnu.
According to Hindu tradition, the Shaligram stone is the shelter for a small insect known as the 'vajra-keeta' that cuts through this stone and lives inside it. In actuality, however, these stones are the fossils of the common ammonite that lived millions of years ago when the Himalayan mountain range formed the bed of a vast ocean floor.
Characteristics of Shaligrams
The marks made by the shell of the ammonite give a Shaligram its characteristic appearance, with the pattern often resembling and representing the 'Sudarshan Chakra' or the discus with a sharp-toothed edge which rests on the index finger of Lord Vishnu. Shaligram stones come in dfferent colors 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 Shaligrams are considered most auspicious and are believed to bestow great wealth and prosperity on its worshippers.
Shaligrams of different shapes are often associated with the different ‘avtars’ or incarnations of Lord Vishnu such as: Matsaya avtar, Kurma avtar, Narasimha avtar and so on. In the epic Mahabharata, Lord Krishna while giving a discourse to Yudhistra refers to the qualities of Shaligrams.
The Vaishnavas believe that a Shaligram is the dwelling place of Lord Vishnu and any one who owns it must worship it daily. He must also adhere to strict rules while handling a Shaligram. He must not touch it without bathing, never place it on the ground, avoid intake of non-Vaishnavite food and should not indulge in bad habits or practices.
All Shaligrams are considered auspicious: some are very sacred, others are considered to bring good luck, good fortune, peace and happiness, spiritual enlightenment and so on. Individual worshippers can choose the Shaligram that will bring them the most beneficial effects based on the positioning of the planets in their horoscopes. Temples can, however, use any kind of Shaligram in their prayers and rituals.

THE VIRTUES OF SHALIGRAM: Wherever Shaligram is kept Lord Vishnu lives there along with Goddess Laxmi. The umbrella shape Shaligram has power to give kingdom and the one having elliptical shape gives lots of wealth. Shaligram purifies a person and gives success in all walks of life. The benefits that one get by reading all the Vedas and doing penace (tapasya) is obtained by a person who worships Shaligram. The one who does Abhishek of Shaligram with water gets lots of benefits and happiness. It is said that if a dying person is given the water of Shaligram then he is purified from all the sins committed by him and goes to Vishnu Lok and get Nirvan.

POOJAN VIDHI: Shaligram is worshipped like one worships Lord Vishnu. Normally tulsi is used essentially and also a counch shell (Shankh) is also kept near the Shaligram. Daily worship with purity of heart and body is required to get full benefits from Shaligram. (Ref.: Shrimaddevi Bhagwat).
To perform puja of the Shaligram which you have selected to install in your altar of worship, you will need the following 'samagri' or ingredients:
Ganga Jal, Panchgavya (a mixture of 5 auspicious articles that include: Cowdung, Cow's urine, Milk, Ghee and Curd), fresh Tulsi leaves, Kusha grass, Pipal leaves, Incense sticks, Camphor, Sandal paste, Lamp burner, and a conch shell. You may substitute any item that is not available with uncooked rice.
Offerings to the Shaligram can be of Milk, Fruits, Flowers, Sweet dishes or a Coconut.

Procedure To Be Followed For The Puja

1. Sit in a position in which you can face the East or North-East direction.
2. Wash the Shaligram with Ganga Jal poured from the conch shell. Then wash it again with punchgavya, and then wash it once more with Ganga Jal.
3. Place some kusha grass in a stainless steel glass filled with water to sprinkle over the Shaligram.
4. Now, put the Shaligram on some pipal leaves placed on a plate. Light the camphor, incense sticks and the lamp filled with ghee.
5. Apply some sandal paste on the Shaligram and place some fresh tulsi leaves in front of the Shila.
6. Light the lamp and move it in a circular, clockwise movement of the hand in front of the Shaligram.
7. Chant the mantra: "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare" nine times.
8. Offer milk, fruits or sweets to the Shaligram. Offer some money and then give that money to a poor person.

Note: If you are worshiping more than one Shaligram, make sure they are in even numbers. This means you should have either two, four or six Shaligrams. Place a tulsi mala around them or offer fresh tulsi leaves every where. It is important to remember that even the water that has touched the Shaligram becomes 'amrit' (holy water), while you are bathing it, has tremendous properties. If you drink this water, it can help bring relief from various physical ailments and poor health so you can lead a more healthy life.


Matsya - Worshipping this auspicious Shaligram brings immense wealth and worldly comforts . It bestows the worshipper with peaceful environment, austerity and philanthropy.
Kurma - The worshipper of this shaligram gets immense PERSEVERANCE, strong will power, patience, wealth and happiness in his life. The kurma shaligram also works as a shield against all evil forces.
Varaha - The worshipper of this Shaligram gets immense protection and occult/black magic does not work on him.
Narsimha - The opponents and the enemies of the worshipper vanishes and are sent to hell . No black magic or any type of occult works on him. He becomes fearless and gets success in all his endeavors.
Vamana - The worshipper of Vamana gets immense strength to fight against all odds, evils and enemies . His enemies do not get any place in the complete "Triloka" . He becomes invincible.
Krishna- The worshipper of this shaligrama will earn a great respect and dignity in the society. He will be successful in all his endeavors by his wit and intelligence.
SURYA SHALIGRAM - By worshipping Surya Shaligram the worshipper gets the quality of the sun-to rule and to move continuously with brilliant radiance and strength.Gives happiness, popularity and material gains. Also protects from accidents and misfortune.
SHIVLINGA SHALIGRAM -Shivling shaligram is the symbol of auspiciousness. The worshipper of this shaligram gains health and peace. The worshipping of this shaligram increases the family harmony.
MAHALAKSHMI SHALIGRAM -The worship of Mahalaxmi shaligram bestows the devotee with good health and wealth . Man can progress in business and service and spends his life happily. It protect like a shield from any loss.
GANESHA SHALIGRAM -The pooja of Ganesha shaligram removes all obstacles and brings success in all undertakings. It gives the worshipper Riddhies and Siddhies . His opponents are finished The devotion of Ganesha shaligram ensures the earliest accomplishment of all works pertaining to property, business etc.
MAHAVISHNU SHALIGRAM -One who sees the Mahavishnu shaligram gets eternal peace. The worshipper gets rid of obstacles arising due to negative planetary effects. The Mahavishnu shaligram contains the influence of ten incarnations. It is considered most powerful shaligram and works like a shield and drives evils away . Extremely good for fortune and worldly comforts.
LAKSHMI NARAYAN SHALIGRAM -One who worships this shaligram gets immense wealth and very good health. The environment in his house becomes like Vaikunth. Peace prevails in his house and at his workplace. Wherever he puts his hands he reaps gold and wealth. It is one of the very very rare shaligram. It gives protection to the worshipper and gives all wordly comforts.
LAKSHMI NARASIMHA SHALIGRAM-This is one of the very rare Shaligram. The worshiper of this shaligram gets immense protection from his opponents. Besides great protection, the worshipper also enjoys good fortune and all the wordly comforts. He enjoys the peaceful environment in his surroundings throughout his life. His all wishes are fulfilled and reaps gold and wealth in all his endeavours.


Any persopn who has drank the water which has bathed shalagram shila. That is equivalent to drinking thousand and thousands of times pancagavya.(Pancagavya is made from five auspicious products of a cow offered to the Lord)

dhyayami devam lakshmisam shankha-chakra-gadhadharam 
peethambara paridhanam padhma sannibha lochanam 
manda smitha mukham bhojam madhanayutha sundaram 
maaya nirmitha loka-ougam mega syamala vigraham 
sri lakshmi naarayanam dhyayami

namo namasthe karunalaya 
namo namasthe kamala dhavaya 
namo namasthe jagatham cha srashtre 
namo namasthe nath soka harthre 
thrahi maam karuna sindho ! paahi maam kamala pathe ! 
thvayi bhakthi: sadhaivasthu mama sarvar tadhayini 
(om) namo naarayana ….subham asthu. 

There are number of ways to perform AarAdhanam forSaaLagrAmams at one's home:

1) Taantric way with ShOdasOpachArams (16 upacharas).

2) Standard Bhagavath AarAdhanam followed by VaishNava Dinacharya established by AchArya RaamAnujA (please refer to AchArya RaamAnujA interactive multimedia CD ROM for details or ask for help from the family elders or AchAryAs).

3) Chathurvimsathi Murthi sthOthra KaTana PoojA This is simpler and any one can do it by reciting this sthOthram in front of SaaLagrAmam(s) and offer Pushpam, Milk and NaivEdhyam. Thirumanjanam can be done with few spoons of milk as well.

4) Those who are in a hurry can take few minutes to recite the two dhyAna slokams, perform japam of AshtAksharam, offer milk, Taambhulam, Karpoora haratthi. The SaaLagrama Moorthys at home should not be neglected and starved since inauspiciousness will result otherwise to the home.

(If I may add a small story, a smartha friend told me of how in his family there have been generations of pujaris worshipping their family Shaligrams, but his grandmother told him as a small boy of a situation that had occurred in their family. You see her son, my friend's father had no inclination toward seva puja, so my friend's grandmother continued the pujas using the system herein, waiting and praying for someone to appear in their family to again continue the seva pujas. By the grace of the Lord, her prayers were answered in the form of my friend taking his birth in that family and with the encouragement of his grandmother developed a taste for serving the Lord in the Shaligram form unlike his father who was more interested in business and "providing for his family". At the appropriate time my friend was given upanayanam and shown how to worship Sri Shaligram, and continues to do so throughout his life. 
So, I'm mentioning this, so that families may not act hastily if it appears there is no one presently to serve Them. Keep the faith, pray to the Lord that He may rectify things, and then those faithful sumangalis and brahmin ladies of the house simply feed the Shaligram offering with love and devotions purified food items, and in due course of time the Lord will make all necessary arrangements:)

The two dhyAna slOkams are:

dhyAyAmi Devam Lakshmisam Shankha-chakra-gadhAdharam 
PeethAmBara paridhAnam Padhmasannibha lochanam 
Mandasmitha mukhAmbhojam madhanAyutha Sundaram 
MaayAnirmitha lokaougam megasyAmala vigraham 
Sri LakshmI NaarAyaNam dhyAyAmi

NamO NamasthE KaruNAlaya NamO NamasthE KamalAdhavAya 
NamO NamasthE JagathAm cha srashtrE namO namasthE nathsOka harthrE 
ThrAhi maam KaruNAsindhO ! Paahi maam KamalApathE! 
Thvayi bhakthi: sadhaivAsthu mama sarvArTadhAyini 
(Om) NamO NaarAyaNa ….Subhamasthu.

Even on days in which one is unable to perform AarAdhanam for SaaLagrAma Moorthys, The ladies of the house or children can recite the above slOkAs in front of the Moorthys, offer the food cooked for the day as naivEdhyam and complete the aarAdhanam (puja) this way.

SaaLagrAma dhyAnam (meditation) is one of the most auspicious dhAnam.

Mula mantras and method of pujan:

In the worship of the salagrama-sila, you should follow the same basic procedure as that for worshiping the Deity form of the Lord. However, you may expand many of the basic sixteen upacaras to include additional upacaras. These optional procedures allow for more elaborate worship according to the list of sixty-four upacaras. The temple salagrama-sila can thus receive full worship on behalf of the main Deities in the temple. Generally one offers the optional upacaras by substitution, either with flower petals or with visesa-arghya water.

When offering each of the main sixteen upacaras to salagrama-sila, you may chant a verse from the Purusa-sukta. The Purusa-sukta is a Vedic hymn which is chanted when worshiping Lord Visnu, in which the Lord is described as the personification of the process of sacrifice. Ideally, the Purusa-sukta is chanted with svara and sama, or proper pitch and rhythm. This must be learned from an expert. In simplified salagrama-sila puja, simply chant the first verse of Purusa-sukta.

In worshiping a temple salagrama-sila, you may use either the mula-mantra used for the main Deity, or the gopala-mantra (the sixth of the seven guru-given mantras), or the mula-mantra for Vasudeva (om namo bhagavate vasudevaya or om namo narayanaya).

Tuesday, October 14, 2014







Sriman Madhvacharya was born around 1238 A.D., in a village called Pajaka, about eight miles southeast of the modern town of Udupi, in the Karnataka State. He lived for 79 years and preached Dvaita (Dualism).
Sriman Madhvacharya evolved a dualistic system of Philosophy from the Prasthana-Traya Granthas. It is unqualified dualism. Madhva’s Vaishnavism is called “SadVaishnavism”, as it is distinct from “Sri Vaishnavism” of Sri Sri Ramanujacharya.
Sriman Madhvacharya made a study on “Pancha-Beda”, which is often named as “Atyanta Bheda Darsanam”. It is classified as five distinctions:
1. The distinction between Supreme and the individual soul
2. The distinction between Supreme and non living matter
3. The distinction between the individual soul and non living matter
4. The distinction between one individual soul and the other
5. The distinction between one material thing and another.
The Atyanta Bheda Darsanam has been further categorized as ‘Padartha’ or objective reality, i.e.
a. Independent (Svatantra)
b. Dependent (Paratantra)
The Svatantra is one who is independent in total – meaning God, The Supreme and the Reality. Whereas the ‘Soul’ (Jiva) and the ‘World’ (Jagat) are the dependants (Paratantra) of the Supreme. Hence God rules them. The Supreme is the Independent and cannot be further classified, whereas the dependents are further classified as Chetana and Achetana. The positive signs are the ‘Chetana’ (intellect) i.e. Conscious souls and ‘Achetana’ (ignorant – unawareness or unconscious) that of ‘matter and time’. Unconscious entities are either eternal like the Vedas or eternal and non-eternals like ‘Prakriti, time and space’, or non-eternal like the products of ‘Prakriti’.
Before defining the unconscious entity, Sriman Madhvacharya explains about the Svatantra and Paratantra which is Nitya-Mukta i.e. eternally free from Samsara. In this study the ‘Svatantra’ is Maha Vishnu, Who is intelligent and Who is the Governor of the world and Whose Nitya-Mukta or the energy or power is Lakshmi. Vishnu can be realized through various group forms (Vyuhas) and Avataras (Divine incarnations). Likewise, the foremost ‘Paratantra’ is Lakshmi, the energy or power of Vishnu, Who is co-eternal and Who can assume various forms without a material body. She is not affected by pain or sorrow. Their sons are Brahma and Vaayu.
Prakriti (Pra = Supreme + Kriti = created/creation):- It is believed in the philosophy of Sriman Madhvacharya that Creation is different from Him. Based on this study he said that Vishnu is the efficient and the material or the cause of the world. God energizes Prakriti through Lakshmi and makes its evolution into the visible world. Prakriti is the material cause as all the objects, bodies and organs are made by Prakriti. The three aspects of Prakriti are presided over by the three powers – Lakshmi, Bhu (Saraswati – earth) and Durga. Avidya (ignorance) is also a form of Prakriti that hides the Supreme from the vision of the individual soul.
Sriman Madhvacharya believed that the world made of Prakriti is not an illusion but a reality, distinct from God. It is not also a transformation of God as that of curd out of milk nor is it a body of God. Hence it is unqualified and absolute dualism.
Sriman Madhvacharya accepted the classification of souls made by Sri Sri Ramanujacharya as:
a) Nitya – the Eternal (like Lakshmi)
b) Mukta or liberated (the Demi-Gods, Rishis, and Sages) and
c) Baddha or bound ones
Sriman Madhvacharya added two more to these: Those who are eligible and not so eligible for Moksha
(i) The completely surrendered ones, even though Baddha are eligible for Moksha.
(ii) Those who are not eligible for salvation are classified as
(a) Nitya-Sansarins i.e bound by the cycle of Samsara and
(b) Those whose destiny is hell – the region of blinding darkness (Tamoyogya).
Based on this classification the individual soul (Jiva), a distinct entity becomes plurality of souls. It is believed, as based on the classification, no two jivas are alike in character. As soul (Jiva) is different from God and matter (Prakriti), it depends on God for guidance. The Lord impels the Jivas to action in accordance with their previous conduct. Because of the past deeds the Jivi has to undergo sufferings and pains by which its impurities are removed, it attains salvation and skips the cycle of life and death and enjoys the blissful and true nature of a Jiva. Although the Jivas are graded and the classes of souls in the realm of bliss are various, as such there is no discord among them as they are aware of Brahman and have no faults. But the soul does not attain equality with God. They are entitled only to serve the Lord. Through nine types of devotion {Nava vidana bakthi} souls attain salvation with the grace of God.
He took a stand different from Sri Sri Shankara on Brahman and constituted nine most famous statements (Prameyas).
The Shloka that lays out the nine prameyas is
SrIman Madhvamate
harih paratarah, satyam jagat, tattvatho bhedho jIvagaNA, hareranucarA, nIchoccabhAvam gatAh |
muktir naijasukhAnubhUtir, amalA bhaktih tatsAdhanam, hyakshrAdi tritayam pramANam, akhilAmnAyaikavedyo harih ||
1) Harih Paratarah
Harih ---------------- Hari
Parataraha -------- (is) Supreme

Hari is the Supreme Lord and there is none superior to Hari. Hari is the One and Only Independent Reality.
2) Satyam Jagat
Satyam --------------- True
Jagat ------------------ World

The world is real. According to Sriman Madhva the reality is very much that we live in this world. In context to Sri Sri Shankara calling this materialistic world as a dream, Sriman Madhva says that we are not yet awakened from the dream to say that this is a dream. Hence what is happening at this moment is to be considered.
3) Tattvatho Bhedho JIvagana
Tattvatho ------------ Virtues
Bhedho -------------- Difference
Jivagana ------------ Living beings

Difference in beings according to their virtues. Every follower of the Madhva school firm believe in the Pancha-bheda—five real and eternal distinctions—
Atyanta Bheda Darsanam or Pancha-bheda:
A) Jiiveshvara bheda
The difference between Supreme Being and the Individual Soul {God and Living things}
B) Jadeshvara bheda
The difference between Supreme Being and the Non Living Matter {God and 

C) Jiiva-Jiiva bheda
The difference between two individual Soul. Within the category of trees there are apple trees and there are lemon trees. {If this has been misinterpreted for division in caste then it is NOT the mistake of the Acharya. It may be the difference of two individuals of same family also like two brothers having common parents}
D) Jada-Jiiva-bheda
The difference between individual Soul and Non Living Matter {There is the category of trees and there is the category of hills. Trees and hills belong to different categories.}
E) Jada- Jada bheda
The difference between Non Living Matter. Within the category of books there are religious books and there are friction books.
4) Hareranucaraha
Harer --------------- Hari’s 
Anucaraha -------- Followers

Having talked about difference due to distinction, Sriman Madhva concludes all are followers and servants of Hari.
5) Nichoccabhavam Gataha
Nicha --------------- inferior
Uccha -------------- superior
Bhavam ------------ feeling
Gataha ------------- exists

There is gradation among the beings. Some are superior; some are inferior. The law of karma at work. Because of their past karma, there are differences or gradations, taratamya among jivas. We have ripe apples as well as row apples in a basket. If this gradation were not to be there we would not have sentenced a criminal to jail.
6) Muktir Naijasukhanubhutih
Mukthi ------------- Salvation
Naija ---------------- without
Sukha -------------- Bliss
Anubuthir --------- felt

Moksha is the realization of innate happiness of the self. Ones life has a worthy meaning if it has mukthi (salvation).
7) Amala Bhaktih Tatsadhanam
Amala -------------- Pure
Bhakti -------------- Devotion
Tat ------------------- that (mukthi)
Sadhanam --------- Achievement

The means of achieving moksha is uncontaminated and unconditional Bhakti (devotion). Here Sriman Madhva emphasizes on Bhakti alone. There is no mention of Jnana (knowledge).
8) Hyakshsraditritayam Pramanam
Hya ---------------- Conclusion (Anumana)
Akshara --------- Word (Sruthi) (Sabda)
Adhi -------------- and
Tritayam -------- Three
Pramanam ----- Witness (Pratyaksha)

Sriman Madhva while talking of mukthi says it can be achieved through Bhakti alone. Bhakti towards Hari and the jnana (Knowing about Hari) is already available through perception, inference, and scriptural testimony, ie. Pratyaksha, Anumana, and Sabda.
Pratyaksha (perception):
There are jivatmas who have got the vision of the Supreme at some point of time. Like as we could let us say see “Fire”.
Anumana (inference):
Some times at the circumstantial evidence we have got to conclude the presence of the Supreme. Like if there is smoke on a hill we conclude that there must be fire at the bottom of the smoke. Even though fire is not visible from the foot of the hill. Let us suppose there is water in a vessel we immediately conclude it to be hot by seeing the vapors. The earth is rotating on its own axis; there must be some power to spin this huge ball. What is that power which makes this earth rotate?
Sabda (sound from Sruthis):
The testimony of the scripture. This is same as Sri Sri Ramanuja felt that the destiny has proclaimed at the crown of the all scriptures that SRINIVASA is the Para Brahman.
9) Akhilamnayaikavedyo Harih
Akhila -------------- All
Amnaya ----------- Praise
Eva ----------------- only
Vedyo ------------- Vedas
Harih -------------- Hari

Srimad Ramanujacharya was born in 1017 in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. He lived for 120 Years and preached Visistaadvaita (qualified non dualism) philosophy. Though he did not differ much from Sri Sri Shankaras’ Advaita philosophy, he wanted to clarify certain things.
The Visishtadvaita philosophy is an ancient one as it was originally propounded by Sri Bodhayana in his Vritti written around 400 B.C. Based on this, text interpretation of Brahma sutras was made by Srimad Ramanuja.
In the opinion of Srimad Ramanuja, God is not only eternal, ‘His’ nature contains elements of plurality i.e. ‘He’ is empowered with manifestation.
Srimad Ramanuja rejects the doctrine that the materialistic world is illusory and unreal. According to Srimad Ramanuja, the materialistic world is not unreal unless it is viewed as distinct from Brahman. The materialistic world is not simply a realm of false and illusory appearances. He says the materialistic world can never be overlooked by illusion. If illusion itself were to subdue the Brahman, then illusion would be greater than Brahman. His version of this materialistic world is the drama (leela), which happens at His instructions.
Srimad Ramanuja also differs from Sri Sri Shankara on equating Jivatmas and Paramatma. Jivatmas can never be equated to Brahman; though he is a particle of Brahman his position is to serve the Brahman. As the hand is a part of the body and also a servant of the body.
Srimad Ramanuja preferred Saguna Upasana worship in Gross form (idol worship). He agreed to Sri Sri Shankara about the Jnana (knowledge) being important for salvations, but felt Jnana (knowledge) and Bhakti (devotion) are both necessary. Like the knowledge of the pill for a headache alone cannot relive the pain one should take the pill.
The means for moksha is Bhakti through Prappati or Saranagati. Bhakti is a state of mind achieved through the process of karma yoga and / or jnana yoga, wherein the mind naturally flows to Brahman and is delighted only in thought of Brahman. Prappati is a state of mind in which the jivatmas appeals to Brahman to save it from its attachment and consequent pains.
Sri Vaishnavism talks of two types of prappati:
Vadakalai View
Some positive gesture is necessary on the part of the jivatmas to deserve the grace of Brahman, because He can be deemed partial if He grants moksha to both deserving and undeserving. This is based on 'Markata Nyaya'- a comparison with a mother monkey carrying its infant only when the infant takes effort to cling or attach itself to the mother.
Tenkalai View
Lord's grace is spontaneous. He can grant moksha to anyone He likes. This is based on 'Marjala Nyaya'- a comparison to a mother cat carrying its kitten holding it in its mouth without any effort on the part of the infant (unlike in the case of monkey)
Srimad Ramanuja never distinguished between ‘Param nirguna’ (formless, without attributes) and ‘Aparam Saguna’ (with attributes) i.e. Brahman. According to the His theory, God is personal with qualities like omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence. When Vedic text describes God as Nirguna it means that God is untouched by the qualities like high and low. Being Saguna (i.e. with attributes) ‘He’ stands perfect without changes in accordance with space and time.
Since God is accepted by this philosopher as Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient, the Srimad Ramanuja declares that ‘He’ is the only ‘Truth’, Jnana (knowledge) and Ananda (bliss). Moreover, the Srimad Ramanuja speaks in his Vedanta sutra that the Lord is immanent, transcendent and unchanging.
Further it is clear that the entire universe is latent in ‘Him’ during ‘Pralaya’ which is projected during creation. But the essence of the Lord will remain unchanged. Hence the difference which is found in ‘Brahman’ in this theory will be named as ‘Svagatha Bheda’ (internal difference). ‘Prakriti’ consists of soul (Jiva) and matter is considered as its modes i.e. ‘Chit-Achit’ and ‘Vishishta’ (truth-world-importance/Visesha). The lord takes five fold forms viz. – ‘Para’ (The transcendent), ‘Vyuha’ (the group), ‘Vibhava’ (the incarnation), ‘Archa’ (the image) and ‘Antaryamin’ (the immanent).
Therefore, what has been witnessed as different/variety of materials, forms and individual souls is not an illusion or Mitya but a part of Brahman’s nature. Matter is considered to be the body of the lord and said to be real. No doubt it is a non-conscious substance (Achit) as it undergoes a real evolution (Parinama) during dissolution (Pralaya) as it exists in a subtle state as ‘Prakara’ (supreme deed) of God. Hence matter is dependent on and is under the control of the Lord. It forms the object of experience for the soul as pleasure and pain and through the nature of Karma of the soul. Hence it is neither ‘good nor bad’.
Why do Jivas need to undergo karma?
Since the ‘Prakriti’ contains trigunas (3 characters) i.e. Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, the Karmic cycle is associated for a temporary period. And it is well known that the Supreme being attached with His body [Param Nirguna (formless) with Aparam Saguna form with attributes)] is detached of the bodily actions i.e. Prakriti. That is why ‘His’ state is called ‘Suddha Tattva’ (feature of purity) has only ‘Sattva’ (the truth). Srimad Ramanuja threw some light on ‘Prakriti’ that is body of God. He classified matter as conscious and non-conscious. The conscious matter is given importance as ‘the essence of God’. These souls are categorized as Nitya (eternal) Mukta (free) and Baddha (bound).
Nitya: These souls have attained salvation and live with God permanently at Vaikunta.
Mukta: These souls are free from bondages of birth and death and have attained salvation now after repeated cycles of birth and death.
These two categories of souls live with God but with separate identity as a servant of the Supreme by rendering some service.

Baddha: These souls are still in Samsara (the vicious cycle of life and death) undergoing pains and pleasures according to karma till they are emancipated with the Will and grace of God.
Srimad Ramanuja considered Srinivasa (Tirumala Venkateshwara) as Para Brahman. This is endorsed in the Dyana Sloka of the Sri Bhasya written by him.
vinatha-vividha-bhUtha-vrAtha-rakshaika DhIkshE
Sruthi-Sirasi VidhIpthE BrahamaNi SrInivAsE 
bavathu mama parasmin sEmushI Bhakthi-roopA

The meaning of this verse can be summarized thus:
Akhila Bhuvana Janma stema bhangadhi leele 
Vinatha Vividha Bhutha Vratha Rakshaika Dhikshe

Akhila -------- Whole
Bhuvana ---- Universe
Janma -------- Things that has birth
Stema --------- Stability
Bhanga ------- Broken {Instability} 
Adhi ----------- Also
Leele ---------- Drama
Vinatha ------- Humble
Vividha ------- Different
Bhutha -------- Beings 
Vratha --------- Good Deed
Rakshaika ---- Protect 
Dhikshe --------- Vow

The drama of stability and instability of the living things in the whole universe and protection of the good deeds of the humble beings are taken care by Him.
Sruthi Sirasi Vidhipthe Brahamani Srinivase 
bavathu mama parasmin semushi Bhakthi-roopa

Sruthi ----- Scriptures
Sirasi ----- over the head
Vidhipthe ---- ordered by destiny
Brahamane ------ Brahman
Srinivase -------- is Srinivasa
Bavathu ------- Let
Mama ------------ Me (myself) 
Parasmin ------- attain (you)
Emushi --------- by knowledge
Bhakthi Roopa --- devotion

Destiny has proclaimed at the crown of the all scriptures that SRINIVASA is the Para Brahman. May I attain that Supreme through knowledge and devotion.
Sri Sri Shankaracharya was born in Kaladi in Kerala in 788 A.D and preached Advaita (non dualism) philosophy. Though he lived for only thirty-two years, his achievements are unparallel.
Here are some of his views about BRAHMAN {Supreme Being}
Brahma Satyam. Jagat Mithya. Jivo Brahmaiva Na Parah.
God is real. World is not. The individual is none other than God.
Brahma Satyam. Jagat Mithya.
According to Sri Sri Shankara, there is only one Absolute Brahman and He alone is true (Satya). The materialistic world we live in is not real (Asat), or it is only vyavaharika satya. What does vyavaharika satya mean? Let us suppose we dream of winning a brand new car in a lottery and driving it, though we experience the drive once we are awake there is no car. Did we not experience the car drive in the dream is it not true? Yes, it was true, if so then where is the car? This is vyavaharika satya. Sri Sri Shankara says that appearance of this world is due to Maya—the illusory power of Brahman—, which is neither Sat, nor Asat.
As for the “falseness” of this world - first let us make it clear that Advaita does not claim that this world is false. It only says that it is illusory. Let us pause a minute here and go over the rope and snake analogy. A man sees a coiled rope in insufficient light and thinks it to be a snake, and is therefore afraid. Later, when he sees it again with the help of a light source, he recognizes it as a rope, and realizes he was in error when he thought it to be a snake. However, till he realizes that this object of perception is not a snake, he harbors the illusion that it was a snake i.e. he was under the influence of his own ignorance about the true identity of the thing, and was therefore under "mithyatva". The same "snake" is later, at the moment of realization, understood to be a "rope". Similarly, we humans’ think this world has an independent reality, and assumes that the pleasures, joys, frustrations and miseries we experiences here are somehow "real". It is this that is "mithya".
Jivo Brahmaiva Na Parah.
Sri Sri Shankara equates every individual soul to none other than Brahman. We the Jivatmas (Living Beings) are parted from Brahman and have been in this world ones our moral coils are shed we once again merge with Brahman. We may be identified in many name but we all end up merging with the Supreme. This analogy may help understand better. If we hold a glass tumbler and ask any one if it empty, they say it is empty but no it has air inside it. Is the air inside the tumble different from the air outside? What happens if the glass tumbler is broken? Will not the air which was inside the glass tumbler get mixed with the air outside? Like wise the glass tumbler is our body and the atma is the air in it, one the body is broken (is dead) the atma merges with Paramatma. And the same can be said to the water that is taken out of the ocean by cupping our palm. Is the water in the cupped palm called ocean? No but once it is poured back into the ocean it is ocean. Likewise individual souls {Jivatma} will merge into Supreme Soul {Paramatma} in death.
Sarvam Vishnu Mayam Jagat.
The entire world is filled with Vishnu.
Sri Sri Shankara having said that entire world is filled with Vishnu he introduces Panchayatana Puja.
At the time of Sri Sri Shankara, sectarian worship was very much in vogue. Each school claimed supremacy of their Ishta Devata and philosophy, and was not tolerant of other schools. The primary schools in existence where the sects of Ganapatya, Saura, Vaishnava, Shaiva and Shakta. A lot of time was spent fighting about the supremacy among these schools. This kind of fighting was not very productive, since it went against the ultimate Advaita teaching of vedanta.
The Panchayatana puja, traditionally practiced among Smartas was established by Sri Sri Shankara, enabling to worship Ishta devata with an Advaita buddhi, while including all the other major sectarian devatas. The Ishta devata to be placed in the center, with the other remaining deities placed around it.
Person generally sits facing East, while placing the devatas in the following order:
Center North East South East South West North West
Ganapati Vishnu Shiva Surya Durga
Surya Shiva Ganapati Vishnu Durga
Vishnu Shiva Ganapati Surya Durga
Shiva Vishnu Surya Ganapati Durga
Durga Vishnu Shiva Ganapati Surya

Jnanat eva tu kaivalyam.
Knowledge alone can give salvation. It is the knowledge of understanding Brahman, which is the only means to attain Moksha.
Aham Brahmasmi I am Brahman
Tat twam asi That Thou Art
Ayam Atmane Brahma Self is Brahman
Prajnanam Brahma Consciousness is Brahman