. Salagrama or Shaligram is a fossilized shell utilized in South Asia as a notorious image and token of the god Vishnu as the General Guideline by Hindus of Vaishnavite and Smarthist organizations. Shaligrams are typically gathered from waterway beds or banks, for example, the Gandaki Stream in Nepal. They are viewed as simple to convey and famous in specific customs of Vaishnavism, as an aniconic portrayal of the celestial. They are ordinarily as circular, dark hued Ammonoid fossils of the Devonian-Cretaceous period which existed from 400 to 66 million years back.
. The biggest and heaviest Shaligrama can be seen at the Jagannath Sanctuary committed to Vishnu, at Puri in Orissa. The principle ISKCON sanctuary in Scotland, called ‘Karuna Bhavan’ is celebrated for lodging the biggest number of Shaligram Shilas outside of India.
. The sculpture of Master Vishnu in Ananthashayanam (halfway dozing stance on his snake) act at the Padmanabhaswamy Sanctuary, Thiruvananthapuram is likewise produced using the Shaligrams of the Gandaki Waterway.