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Śālagrāma or sālagrāma refers to the Shaligram village in Nepal and to the smooth stones or ammonite fossils found in the Gaṇḍakī River near Shaligram. While generally believed to be a natural, complete, and full manifestation of Viṣṇu, and also perceived to be his aniconic form, śālagrāmas are sometimes associated with Śiva as well, and more recently also with Devī. Śālagrāmas are worshipped in temples and in homes, usually …

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Narayanan, Vasudha, “Śālagrāma”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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