Types of Shaligram Shilas as in Garud Puran
The varieties of Shalagram recorded in the Garuda Purana (Panchanan Tarkaratna, part1 Chapter 45) run as follows:
White in colour having two circular marks joined with each other at the opening.
Reddish in colour, having two circular marks joined with each other, and also the mark of a
lotus on the easter side of his body
Yellow in colour and long in shape with a small opening.
Blue in colour and round in shape with a hole at the top side of his body.
Black in colour with three linear marks at the opening.
He holds the mark of a mace at the centre of his body, and a
circular mark at the lower middle portion, his upper middle portion being comparatively bigger.
He holds three dot like mark on his body or at his opening.
he holds two circular marks of unequal size.
Big in size, blue in colour and printed with three linear marks and one or more dots.
Round in shape with a flat upper side.
printed with five linear marks and mace.
Round in shape with a comparatively smaller height, and printed with one or more beautiful circular marks.
Variegated in colour with many circular marks.
Big in size, blue in colour with a deep circular mark at the centre.
Red in colour with a small opening.
Printed with a long linear mark, a circular mark and lotus, and having one or more holes.
With a big hole, a big circular mark, horse neck shaped,five linear
marks and the marks of a kaustubha gem, an Ankusha (spear head) several dots and dark spot.
Blue in colour, printed with a lotus and circular mark, and glittering like a gem.
Long in shape and printed with a lotus and two linear marks.
Green in colour, with a circular mark on his left side and a linear mark on his right side.
Round in shape with a single opening. He has four circular marks at
the opening and is decorated with a vanamala, one footprint of a cow and a golden linear mark.