We can understand that Shiva linga/lingum depicts entire universe or to say existence. But, Saligram is a fossile of a creature of a type Ammonite. What could be the possible reason behind considering ammonite fossil as symbol of lord Vishnu?

Also, it is said that Saligram found at Gandaki River are the only real Saligram used for worship of lord Vishnu? So, all other Ammonite fossils found across the world are not considered Saligram?

  • Because it is so mentioned in the scriptures ...
    – Rickross
    Dec 27, 2019 at 6:08
  • @Rickross scripts are not mere commands. They always have some reason behind it.
    – Ubi.B
    Dec 27, 2019 at 6:42
  • There is a story given in the Puranas as to how and why Lord Vishnu assumed the form of a Sila. You can find that story on this site as well. That is the reason why and there are no other reasons.
    – Rickross
    Dec 27, 2019 at 6:43
  • @Rickross "Sila" means stone, and stones are not fossils. I mean, you can't say "coal" as a stone or dinosaur can't be put into category of stone. So, "Sila" and "Saligram" are two entirely different things.
    – Ubi.B
    Dec 27, 2019 at 8:00
  • Its called Shaligrama Sila.
    – Rickross
    Dec 27, 2019 at 8:28


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