Salagrama stone

Salagrama is a precious stone-like object of different shapes found at the Gantaki river in Nepal. These stones have special marks like spiral, chakras, thread etc. formed on them. As per Hindu belief, Salagramas are sacred with the presence of God and part of their worship. They believe that by a mere look at these stones, all the sins that one had accumulated will at once get destroyed. 
Why are these stones called Salagrama?
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That is due to a story in the Varaha Purana 144-145, which says that once there was a sage by the name Shalankayana, who was performing austerities and devotional meditation in many holy places with the view to gain a great devotee of Lord Vihsnu as his son. He visited the sacred tirtha (holy place) of Muktinatha in present day Northern Nepal, high in the Himalayas, and took his bath in the icy waters of the Kali Gantaki at the back of Annapurna mountain. Extremely tired from his climb in the high altitude, he finally took rest under a sala tree. 

How to identify the divine Salagrama?
The details to be examined are the shape and the colour of the stone, the number and location of chakra-marks, the type of filaments that are present in the crevices and fissures and the deity-identity.










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