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Saaligramam worship

From: Mohan Sagar (
Date: Sun Jan 05 1997 - 21:01:39 PST

This morning, my family and I had the good fortune of offering thirumanjanam
to three saaligramams in our home.  The aradhana was led by our good
friends, and fellow memebers of this group, Mr. C. S. Ramesh and his wife,

During the aradhana, I pondered this unique form of the Lord, and wondered
as to the origins of His worship.  It is my understanding that the worship
of the Lord as the Saaligramam is part of Pancaratra beliefs. But, I am
wondering how this practice is reconciled with the worship of the temple
archa that is so strongly extolled by the Azhwars and Acharyas.  

I would very much appreciate some insight on this.

Daasanu Daasan,