Salagram Sila

Where the Salagramas are they found and what are they
The Saligramas are found only in the Gandaki River at Mukti Kshetra – also called Muktinath and Damodar Kunda, one of the most sacred pilgrimage places in north-west Nepal. Here the natural elements are displayed in a miraculous form. Flickering blue flames of natural methane gas burn on water, earth and stone – in an offering said to have been first lighted by Brahma, the Hindu Creator. Muktinath’s sanctity goes far back into antiquity. The Indian epic Mahabharat mentions it, calling the place Shaligram. The river Gandaki is a very ancient river; and the geologists say that it existed even before the formation of the Himalayan ranges. It rises beyond the Himalayan ranges, probably in Tibet, and flows (in the north-south direction) into Nepal, which is the southern valley of the Himalayas, and India. The situation of the birth of the river is given as North 27 27 and East 83 56’; it courses in the south-western direction, and joins Ganga in a place called Bhavatyapur in Bihar. It is an important tributary of the river Ganga. It is called Salagrami or Narayani in Uttar-pradesh. It was known to the Greek geographers as Kondochetts.
The glossy black fossils called shaligram are found in here. On the outside they look like small rounded rocks, but split open they reveal the imprint of ammonites formed 140 million years ago. Because of its wheel-like shape or chakra, the shaligram is associated with the Hindu god Vishnu. The chakras on the stones are formed by the river worms called Vajra-keeta. Its teeth/nails are said to be harder than granite stone. The Vajra keeta worms drill the stones, get inside and live there. During their stay inside the stones, they cause these chakras. Similarly outside chakras also are caused by the worms only. Saligrama are used as living place by the worms not used as shells. The chakra formation is found both on the outer and inner surface of the saligrama. Sometimes this can be seen through the holes on the Saligrama with the aid of torch light. The holes are termed as vadana or mouth.

What the scriptures say about Saligramas

Padma Purana:
Salagrama Sila Rupi Yatra Tisthati Kesavah |
Tatra Devasurayaksa Bhuvanani Catur Dasa ||
With Keshava in the form of Salagrama Sila reside all the devatas, asuaras, yaksas and the fourteen worlds.
Lord Shiva further declares that, “My devotees who offer obeisances to the shalagrama even negligently become fearless. Those who adore me while making a distinction between myself and Lord Hari will become free from this offence by offering obeisances to shalagrama. Those who think themselves as my devotees, but who are proud and do not offer obeisances to my Lord Vasudeva, are actually sinful and not my devotees. O my son, I always reside in the shalagrama. Being pleased with my devotion the Lord has given me a residence in His personal abode.
Giving a shalagrama, is the best form of charity, being equal to the result of donating the entire earth together with its forests, mountains, and all.
The Garuda Purana describes the glories of keeping a shalagrama-shila with the auspicious mark of a cakra in one’s house.
Ato’dhisthana Vargesu Suryadisviva Murtisu |
Salagrama Silaiva Syad Adhisthanottamam Hareh ||
The Lord resides in many places in which he may be worshipped, but of all the places Salagrama is the best.
Skanda Purana – Haribhakti vilas
Drstva Pranamita Yena Snapita Pujita Tatha |
Yajna Koti Samam Punyam Gavam Koti Phalam Bhavet ||
Lord Siva spoke to Skanda, his son, saying that any person who has seen Salagram Sila, paid obeisances to Him, bathed and worshipped Him, has achieved the results of performing ten million sacrifices and giving ten million cows in charity.
Pujito’ham Na Tair Martyair Namito’ham Na Tair Narah |
Nakrtam Martya Loke Yaih Salagram Silarcanam ||
(Lord Siva speaks to his son, Skanda) In this mortal world, if anyone does not worship Salagram Sila, I do not at all accept any of their worship and obeisances.
Brahma Purana the Supreme Lord Vishnu states that any shila from the place of shalagramas can never be inauspicious though cracked, chipped, split in two though still in one piece, or even broken asunder.
Lord Shiva also confirms in the Skanda Purana that even if a shila is cracked, split, or broken it will have no harmful effect if it is worshiped with attention and love by a devotee. It further states there that the Supreme Lord Hari, along with His divine consort, Lakshmi, live in the shalagrama that has either the mark of a chakra, a chakra along with the mark of a footprint, or a mark resembling a flower garland.
Gautamiya Tantra States that 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.

The Mythological story

According to the Puranas once a fierce battle broke out between Lord Shiva and the demon Jallundhara. They both appeared equally matched with no one ready to lose, and hence the battle continued for a long time. It was not an ordinary battle between the gods and the demons, but a match between the chastity of two chaste women Parvati and Vrinda. Lord Shiva knew it well that unless the chastity of Vrinda, the wife of Jallundhara, was spoiled he could not be killed. But it was against the nature of gods to spoil the chastity of a chaste woman. Hence despite knowing everything the Gods were helpless.
But for Jallundhara nothing was a taboo. So, thinking that by spoiling the chastity of Parvati he could defeat Lord Shiva Jallundhara reached Parvati in the guise of Lord Shiva. But Parvati, who is herself is the supreme ruler of illusion Maya, knew the craftiness of Jallundhara and ended his guise and signaled Lord Krishna (Vishnu) that it was now just to spoil the chastity of Jallundhara’s wife, Vrinda, and it will not be a sin. So, Lord Krishna approached Vrinda in the guise of Jallundhana. Vrinda could not understand the craftiness and lost her chastity. Later when Vrinda came to know the reality, she was infuriated and gave four seeming curses to Lord Vishnu to become stone, grass, tree and plant. Hence Lord Vishnu took four avatars (incarnations). He became Saligram-stone, Kusha-grass, Pipal-tree and Tulsi-plant. Since then these became four are considered holy and are worshiped.

Saligrama – the stone Divine
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In the Padma Purana Lord Siva declares the greatness of Saligrama Shila as follows:
Mallinga Kotibhi Drsthi Yad Phalam Pujiti
Saligrama Sila Yamtu Ekasyam Iva Tad Bhaved
The merit obtained by seeing and worshipping hundreds of thousands of My Lingams, is equivalent to that obtained by worshipping one single Salagram shila (stones).
If this is what Lord Shiva says, lets know where the Saligrama are found, what they are, their legend, types, Pooja and benefits etc., from the links given on this side
Your products will be sent by courier normally within 7 days after receiving the payment. In some cases where the product is out of stock, it may take up to 15 days to courier.
Most of these are either natural products or hand made products and hence there will be so minor difference in size shape colour etc. and they cannot match the photographs 100%.
Saligrama
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The regularly available normal Saligrama looks like a black stone with some marks on it and is kept in pooja. In some cases it can be an open one showing chakras. This being a natural product the size, shape and color varies from Saligram to saligram.
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Black Sudarshan Saligram
Saligramas showing a chakra as above are known as the Sudarshan Saligrama. It is Considered highly auspicious to give the blessings & allround protection of Lord Vishnu.
Saligramas showing a chakra as above are known as the Sudarshan Saligrama. It is Considered highly auspicious to give the blessings & all round protection of Lord Vishnu.
Shivalinga Saligrama
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Open Shivalingam Saligrama pair

 The above type Saligrama with a Shiva Linga like rod shape inside is called Shivalinga Saligrama. Keeping it at Pooja place is considered highly beneficial for health, good married life, spiritual progress and peace of mind. What we ship will have the basic characteristics as above but not exactly like the photo as it is a natural product.
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Garbhalingam Saligrama
In this type of Saligrama the Shiva Linga is inside the hole and called Garbha Lingam. What we ship will have the basic characteristics as above but not exactly like the photo as it is a natural product.
This type of long Shivalinga Saligrama is called Ananta Lingam. What we ship will have the basic characteristics as above but not exactly like the photo as it is a natural product.

Rare Shivalingam with yoni. Not for sale
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Shivalinga Saligrama with an OM encircling it. Not for sale.

Varaha Saligrama
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Varaha Saligrama (the eye is artificial)
The Saligrama with a boar like shape is known as Varaha Saligrama and is worshipped as Lord Vishnu’s avatara.
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Varaha Saligrama

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Varaha Lakshmi-Narayana pair
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Varaha Saligrama with an OM shape on the back side
A very rare Varaha Saligrama with a perfect boar face and an OM mark on the reverse side. You will get this exact piece.

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A rare Double Golden Sudarshana Saligrama with OM mark at the center.
This is a very rare Saligrama. It has very neat Sudarshana chakras on both sides with several golden flakes. On one side it has an OM mark at the center
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Devi Saligrama
Saligrama with the above type of hole in it is known as Devi Saligrama and is considered highly auspicious for all round peace and prosperity if kept at the Pooja place. What we ship will have the basic characteristics as above but not exactly like the photo as it is a natural product.http://www.astrojyoti.com/images/hayagriva.jpg
Hayagreeva Saligrama
Lord Vishnu took the Avatara of Hayagreeva, a white horse faced form, to rescue the Vedas stolen by the demons. Hence the Saligrama with typical horse mane like marks is Known as Hayagreeva Shila. Worship of Lord Hayagreeva is very auspicious for all types of knowledge and learning. It is also lord Hayagreeva who gave the two famous Devi Stotras – Lalita Sahasranama Stotra & Lalita Trishati stotras to Agastya Muni.
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Janardhana Saligrama
The Saligrama with a white band as in picture is called Janardhana Saligrama. It is a very large piece – weighing over 9Kgs and 8″x6″ in size. Partly golden colour.http://www.astrojyoti.com/images/KoormaSaligrama.JPG

Kurma Saligrama
Lord Vishnu took the Avatara of Kurma, a tortoise to rescue the world from sinking in to the sea.. Hence the Saligrama with a tortoise like shape is called Kurma Saligrama.
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A very rare Kurma saligrama with an OM mark
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 Lakshmi-Narayana Saligrama together
In this type of Lakshmi Narayana Saligrama both the chakras are together and you can see the chakras through the opening. Some call this Lakshmi Narasimha Saligrama also. http://www.astrojyoti.com/images/salagramLNfivekg.JPG
largest Lakshmi Narayana Saligramas
This is one of the you can hope to get, weighing 5 kg & 6″ x 5″ in size. 
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Lakshmi Saligrama
Saligrama with the above type waving lines is known as Lakshmi Saligrama and is considered highly auspicious for wealth and all round peace and prosperity if kept at the Pooja place. What we ship will have the basic characteristics as above but not exactly like the photo as it is a natural product.
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Rare Saligramas
Matsya Saligrama side 1 Green bands
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A very rare green Buddha Saligrama with an OM mark on one side
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Varaha Saligrama