The Garuda Purana (abridged)

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The Garuda Purana (Garuḍa purāṇa) is a smriti Purana (smṛti, Hindu customary law). Its first part contains a dialog between Vishnu and Garuda, the King of Birds. The second half contains details of life after death, funeral rites and the metaphysics of reincarnation....

Various Names Of ‘shaligram’

Describing how a Shaligram is named on the basis of number of Chakra present on it, Lord Vishnu said-’ If there is only one Chakra on the Shaligram idol then it is called ‘Sudarshan’. In the same way, Shaligram with two Chakras is known as ‘Laxmi Narayan’ while that having three Chakras on it is called ‘Achyut’. Shaligram with four Chakra on it is known as ‘Chaturbhuj’, that with five Chakras ‘Vasudev’. Similarly, Shaligram with six, seven, eight, ninth, tenth, eleven and twelve Chakras are called ‘Pradyumana’, ‘Sankarshan’, ‘Purushottam’, ‘Navavyuha’, ‘Dashatmak’, ‘Aniruddha’ and Dwi-Dashatmak respectively. Shaligrams with more than twelve Chakras are called infinite.

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