Sri Radha-Raman ji in Sri Vrindavana Dham

tasmai shreeguruve namah

om gang ganapataye namah



Sri-murti-lakshana, aara shaalagraama-lakshana
krishna-kshetra-yaatraa, krishna-murti-darshana

“The characteristics of the Deities should be discussed, as well as the characteristics of the Shalagrama-shila. You should also discuss visiting the Deities in the temple and touring holy places like Vrindavana, Mathura and Dvaraka."

(Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita Madhya-lila 24:335. text - 61 Explanations of Atmarama verse)

"So my request is that you continue your devotional service very faithfully and rigidly, then in this life you will be able to see Krsna face to face. That is a fact. So you follow the advice, as given by Rupa Gosvami, utsahat. The first thing is enthusiasm, that "I must see Krsna." You are seeing Krsna. The Deity of Krsna and Krsna is not different. But even personally we can see. Simply we have to continue the enthusiasm."

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad. Departure Lecture, Caracas 1975

"Krishna is ready to talk with you. He has come. He has descended in archa-murti to talk with you, to be visible by you.
Now you make yourself ready and fit to talk with Krishna. Then He will exchange conversation. This is possible."

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad. Bombay, December 4, 1974.

Sri Gopalaji then smiled and said, “My dear brahmana, just listen to Me. I shall walk behind you, and in this way I shall go with you.”

PURPORT
The conversation between Lord Sri Krishna and the brahmana is proof that the Lord in His archa-murti, or form made of material elements, is not material, for those elements, although separated from the Lord, are also a part of the Lord’s energy, as stated in the Bhagavad-gita. Because the elements are the Lord’s own energy and because there is no difference between the energy and the energetic, the Lord can appear through any element. Just as the sun can act through the sunshine and thus distribute its heat and light, so Krishna, by His inconceivable power, can appear in His original spiritual form in any material element, including stone, wood, paint, gold, silver and jewels, because the material elements are all His energy. The shastras warn, archye vishnau sila-dhih . . . naraki sah: one should never think of the archa-murti, the Deity within the temple, as stone, wood or any other material element. Because of his advanced devotional position, the younger brahmana knew that although the Deity of Gopala appeared to be stone, He was not stone. He was the son of Nanda Maharaja, Vrajendra-nandana Himself. As such, the Deity could act exactly as the Lord does in His original form as Krishna. Lord Krishna was talking to the young brahmana just to test his knowledge about the archa-vigraha. In other words, those who have understood the science of Krishna—Krishna’s name, form, qualities and so forth—can also talk with the Deity. To an ordinary person, however, the Deity will appear to be made of stone, wood or some other material. In the higher sense, since all material elements ultimately emanate from the supreme spiritual entity, nothing is really material. Being omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, Krishna can deal with His devotee in any form without difficulty. By the mercy of the Lord, the devotee knows perfectly well about the Lord’s dealings. Indeed, he can talk face to face with the Lord. (Sré Chaitanya-charitämrita, Madhya-lilä 5.97)

"As Lord Krishna appears in the sound of His holy name, so also He appears within the archä-avatära, His incarnation as the Deity worshiped in the temple. The central focus of every ISKCON temple around the world is the worship of Krishna's Deity form as represented in stone, metal, wood or as painted pictures. Through ceremonial services (püjä) conducted according to Vedic tradition, the devotees fulfill the Lord's injunction in Bg. 9.27: Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, and whatever austerities you perform do that, O son of Kunti, as an offering to Me. This püjä purifies the minds and senses of the devotees and connects them to Krishna in an attitude of love. Mäyävädis decry service to the Deity as idol worship. They argue that God is not present within the Deity, because He is everywhere. But if He is everywhere, then why is He not within the Deity as well? Moisture is also everywhere, even within the air. But when one needs a drink of water, he cannot get it from the air. He must drink the water from where water tangibly avails itself to be drunk: from a faucet, a well, or a clear stream. Similarly, although God is everywhere, it is in His Deity form that He makes Himself tangibly available for worship." (Iskcon Communications Journal #9.1 Sept 2001, Glossary)

"These three, the name, the deity form and the original form of the Lord, are all one.
No distinction should be made between them, for all three are of transcendental, spiritual substance." (Caitanya Caritamrita Madhya-lila17.131)

Srila Prabhupada about worshiping different forms of the Lord

“Especially for the householder devotees, the path of Deity worship is strongly recommended. As far as possible, every householder, by the direction of the spiritual master, must install the Deity of Vishnu, forms like Radh -Krishna, Laksmi-Narayana or Sita-Rama especially, or ANY OTHER FORM OF THE LORD, LIKE NRISIMHA, Varaha, Gaura-Nitai, Matsya, Kurma, Salagrama-Sila and many other forms of Vishnu, like Trivikrama, Keshava, Acyuta, Vasudeva, Narayana and Damodara, as recommended in the Vaishnava-tantras or Puranas, and one's family should worship strictly following the directions and regulations of archana-vidhi. Any member of the family who is above twelve years of age should be initiated by a bona fide spiritual master, and all the members of the household should be engaged in the daily service of the Lord, beginning from morning (4 a.m.) till night (10 p.m.) by performing mangala-aratrika, nirañjana, archana, puja , kirtana, sringara, bhoga-vaikali, sandhya-aratrika, patha, bhoga (at night), sayana-aratrika, etc. Engagement in such worship of the Deity, under the direction of a bona fide spiritual master, will greatly help the householders to purify their very existence and make rapid progress in spiritual knowledge.” Srimad Bhagavatam 2:3:22 Purport

Srila Prabhupada "The salagrama-sila should be worshiped with tulasi where a sufficient quantity of tulasi leaves are available. Worship of salagrama-sila should be introduced in all ISKCON temples. Salagrama-sila is the form of the Lord’s mercy. To worship the Deity with the sixty-four items mentioned may be a difficult job, but the Lord has become so small that anyone in any temple can carefully handle Deity worship simply by performing the same activities with the salagrama-sila." (Caitanya Caritamrita Madhya-lila 24.336)
 






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     salagrama silayam yo mulyam udghatayen narah
     vikreta canumanta ca yah pariksam udirayet
     sarve te narakam yanti yavad ahuta samplavam

     One who puts a price on a Salagrama, one who sells a Salagrama and one who agrees to buy a Salagrama for that price, and  the person who inspects a Salagrama for good qualities or faults, goes to hell until the final devastation.                   Visnu Dharmottara

Beware of Web-sites selling fake, or otherwise 'enhanced' or adulterated Salagrams

    salagrama silayam yo mulyam udghatayen narah
     vikreta canumanta ca yah pariksam udirayet
     sarve te narakam yanti yavad ahuta samplavam

     "One who puts a price on a Salagrama, one who sells a Salagrama and one who agrees to buy a Salagrama for that price, and  the person who inspects a Salagrama for good qualities or faults, goes to hell until the final devastation."                   Visnu Dharmottara