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From: Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian (rbalasub_at_ecn.purdue.edu)
Date: Tue Jul 22 1997 - 15:27:42 PDT
I have a question after reading the post by VVijay236@aol.com. It was written: >total of 28 Salagramams for the garland to adorn Lord Venkateswara at >Buffalo. The Pratishta of the Lord took place in the middle of June 97. In the smArtha tradition (to which I belong) the shAlagrama is considered Lord NarAyaNa himself. I would think that the same is true in the shrI vaishhNava tradition also. So unlike other vigraham-s there is no need for Avahana and the usual procedures. So I am curious why the Lord is adorned with a garland of shAlagrAma-s. Also how would the garland be made? I would presume that a hole would have to be made in the shAlagrAma. But this seems to contradicts with the view that the shAlagrAma is bhagavAn himself. Or is it made without making a hole in the shAlagrAma? Is this some thing from of the vaishhNava Agama-s? Thanks in advance for clarifying my doubts. Ramakrishnan.