ShaligramThe shell was revealed by geologists to be a Sedimentary-fossilized shell. However, it clearly has a lot of religious significance and cultural impartations to the Hindus (mainly Vaishnavas). Its literal meaning is to“Lord without form”. It is a symbol of the divine and an abstract representation of it. This belief is shared by the Hindus of India sub-continent. The Shaligram is considered the home of Lord Vishnu by the Vaishnavas.
Vaishnava Dharma, or Vaishnavism, is one major tradition within Hinduism that considers Vishnu the Supreme Lord. Its followers are called the Vaishnavas. As a religion, it co-exists with Shaivism and Shaktism in the Hindu Dharma (Religion).
Shaligrams, naturally formed, round, black-colored Ammonoid dinosaur fossils with circular or spiral markings, are up to 2 meters in diameter.
The river bed of a himalayan stream is where Shaligrams can be found. It’s located between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.Gandaki River, Nepal.
The Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa, is home to the largest and heaviest Shaligrama. The Damodar Kunda is the exact location.
This shaligram can be found at the Shaligram Shila. They have been proven to have existed for close to 100 million years, long before humans evolved.
According to legends Shaligram, the stone shelters a small insect called the “Stone Insect”.“Vajra Keeta ”It has a single diamond tooth.
It is able to cut through the Shaligram stones and stay within them. They are hundreds of millions years old, dating back to the time when the Himalaya was an ocean floor.
Its special significance is due to the Discus of Lord Vishnu marks. It bears the marks of Chakra(A series of lines that look like a wheel)ShankhaOr (a Conch shell).
Gada(The mace),Padma(sacred lotus-an aquatic plant) The Shaligram is arranged in a specific order. Although it differs in the order of the four symbols, the Vaishnavas link the Shaligram to different incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
Lord Vishnu’s appearances include the Chakra, Shankha and Gada, as well as Padma. If the marks were in the order of Shanka, Chakra and Gada, then the Shaligram would be allies with Keshava.
However, if they had been in the same order as Padma and Gada, Chakra, Chakra, Shanka, then it would have been worshipped as Narayana.
Both Keshava as well as Narayana are the incarnations Lord Vishnu. The Purans (Scriptures on Hindu dharma) mention Vishnu in their reference toThere are 20 types of ShaligramEach of these can be attributed to Lord Vishnu’s incarnation.
It is possible to see the geological explanation of these stones from a rational perspective. They are fossilised remains from creatures that lived in the ocean.Ammonites‘ (an extinct marine molluscan animal group) that died 65 million years ago. This was in the ‘Cretaceous’ era. It is almost the same time as the extinct dinosaurs.
The legendadary stories of the Hindu Dharma tell us how Sati Vrindha cursed Lord Vishnu after he killed her. Vrindha was Jalandhar’s wife.
He was a demon king born from the union of Shiva’s third eye with the ocean. Vrindha is also known as Lord Vishnu’s greatest devotee.
This curse must be wiped away Lord Vishnu incarnated in four avatars. He was incarnated as stone (Shaligrama), grass, Kush, tree (Pipal), and plant (Tulsi), the Sanskrit name for Basil.
The Shaligrams have been considered most auspicious to see and worship since this time.
According to the Sashtras (the Scriptures), Shaligrama worshiped for six life values: Wealth, Protection and Righteous Living. Good health, pleasures, and Spiritual blessings are also included.
In the Garuda Puranam (the Scripture), it is mentioned that ‘Mukthi’, which is Sanskrit for Salvation, can be found in all places where Saligrama Silai is present.
The stories also tell how the Mahabharata narrates how the Shaligrama To Yuddhistira, the eldest son and Queen Kunti’s King Pandu, and the King Of Indraprastha and later the King of Hastinapura, is significant.
Adi Shankara recorded Shaligram worship in his works the Taittiriya Upanishad and the Brahma Sutras. This suggests that Shaligram worship has been a well-known Hindu ritual. It is not likely to lose its importance due to its widespread popularity as both an artifact and a medium of worship.