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Vishnu :
i) Big in size and black in colour with linear marking at the centre of the opening
ii) with the mark of the mace at the centre of the opening things being the same as above.

Madhusudhana : With a single circular mark at the opening and the marks of a conch and a lotus on his body.

i) green in colour, triangular in shape, and glittering to look at. He holds a single circular mark on his let side and a linear mark on his right side.
ii)with two circular marks, other things apparently being the same as above.

Shridhar :
i) Round n shape and decorated with five linear marks and a good looking garland mark.
ii)with linear marks standing upward on his both sides, other things are the same as above
iii)green in colour, round in shape with a flat upper side and having a lotus mark at the opening.
iv) Very small in size, and marked with two circular and a garland.
v) Glittering like a gem, and having the marked with two circle
vi) he has a glaced body with the mark of vanamala on it, and there are also linear marks on the upper side on his body.

Hrishikesh :
i) shaped like a half moon
ii) With a single circular mark and also with marks resembling the hair of a boar.

Padmanabha :
i) Reddish in colour with a mark of a louts on his body.
ii) With a full and half circular mark, and also with the mark of a petal (of a lotus) but there is no hair mark on the body.

Damodara :
i) Big in size with a small circular mark
ii) Green in colour and big in size with a very small opening. He has a circular mark and one or more yellow spots on his body.
iii) he has single opening not very deep, and two curcular marks one above the other. There is also a long linear mark at his centre.

Sudarshan :
i) Green in colour and glittering to look at. He holds the mark of a mace and a discus on his left side and two linear marks on his right side. A lotus printed with linear marks is also found on his body.
ii) A circular mark at the top and a big opening its deeply dark.

Vaasudeva : White in colour and glittering to look at. He has two circular marks closely printed but not joined, as his opening.

Pradyumna :
i) yellow in colour with a small opening and having several linear marks both at the top as well as on the sides.
ii) Blue in colour with many holes at his small mouth and having a comparatively long shape.

Aniruddha :
i) Blue in colour and round in shape and glaced, and printed with a lotus and three linear marks
ii) Black in colour with a beautifully shaped opening and having the mark of a discus at the centre, another on a side and a small circle at the top
iii) Yellow in colour round in shape and very charming to look at.

Purushottama :
i) golden in colour with a circular mark at the middle portion of his body and a bigger circular mark at the top.
ii) Yellow in colour and marked with dot prints on all sides
iii) With openings on all sides numbering about ten.

Adhokshaja : Deep dark in colour with red linear marks. He is round in shape with a single circular mark and a few reddish spots on his body. He may be either big or small in size.

Acyuta : With four circular marks on the right and left sides and two red circles at the opening. He is also marked with conch, discus, stick, bow, arrow, mace, pestle, flag, a white umbrella and a red spearhead.

Upendra :Green in colour and glittering like a gem. He has a glaced body with one or more circular marks on his sides.

Janardana :
i) With two openings marked with four cirles
ii) Wite two circular marks on the sides and two others at the top.
iii) With one opening at the front side, and another at the back side, each marked with two circles.

Laxmijanardana :With one opening printed with four circles

Hari : Green in colour, round in shape with one opening at the top. The lower portion of his body is marked with dot prints.

i) Marked with the hood of a snake and many circles.
ii) With many holes on his body and marked with several circles iii) Variegated in colour and marked with the hood of a snake and also with circular prints not less than 14 and not more than 20 in number iv) big size, cloudy in colour and marked with 14 chakra prints.

Yogeshwara : The type found at the top of the shalagram mountain.

Pundarikaaksham : Printed with two eye like marks either on a side or at the top.

Chaturmukha : With four linear marks rising from the sides, and also printed with two circular marks on the middle portion of his body.

Yajnamurthi : Reddish yellow in colour, with a small opening and tewo circular marks one at the bottom and one the other side on the right side.

Dattatreya :
i) With white, red and black spot all over his body and a mark of rosary on the topside
ii) Red and yellow and colour, other things being the same as above.

Shishmaarga : Long in shape, with a deep triangular opening and having one or two circular marks on the front side and another on the back side.

Hamsa : Shaped like a bow with mixed colour of blue and white and having the marks of a discus and lotus on his body.

Parahamsa : Shaped like the throat of a peacock, with a glaced body and round opening. Inside the opening there are two circular marks with a sun like print on the right side of them. There are also tewo linear marks forming the shape of a boar on his body.

Lakshmipati : Either the front or any one of his rear side is shaped like the throat of a peacock. He is dark in colour with a big opening and a small circular mark.

Garudadhvaja : Round in shape with the marks of golden horns and hoofs on the body. He is also printed with a circular mark with dark linear marks inside it.

Batapatrashaayin : Round in shape with a mixed colour of white, red and blue, he has also one circular mark with a conch on his left and a lotus on his right side. There are also four circular marks and three dot prints inside his opening.

Vishvambhara : He has 23 circular marks on his body.

Vishvarupa : With one opening and many circular marks.

Ananta : Bigger than vishvarupa in size with five opening and many circular marks.he is also held as a variety of Vishvarupa.

Pitambara : Round in shape having some similarity with the buttock of a cow, and printed with one circular mark.

Chakrapani : Round and glaced in shape, with a small circular mark and many other prints.

Saptavirashrava : Round in shape with a small circular mark and several golden dot prints all over the body.

Jagadyoni: Red in colour with a circular mark a the front of his opening.

Bahurupin : With many openings having the marks of a conch and discus in one of them.

Harihara :
i) With two circular marks and a print lie a shivalinga on his front side.
ii) With three circular marks on the sides. other things being the same as above.
iii) With four circular marks, other things being the same as above.

Swayambhu : Blue in colour with a long and big opening, and having his body encircled by linear marks.

Shankaranarayana :Marked with the print resembling a Shivalinga either side on the right or the left side.

Pitaamaha : He has four different openings with a circular mark in each of them.

Naramurti : Yellow in colour with the mark of a shivalinga on one side and sacred thread on the other.

Shesha : Printed with linear marks forming the coiled body of a snake.

Pralambaghna : Red in colour with the mark of a coiled body and a hood of a snake. This type of forbidden to be worshipped.

Suryamurti : With twelve different circular marks either on the body or inside his opening.

Haihaya :
i) With one opening and different marks of hoods. Amongst these marks two take place o the right side outside the opening
ii) Shaped like a lotus leaf with a golden mark resembling an arc.

Vishnupanjara : Printed with several linear marks created by the insect called vajrakita.

Garuda :
i) Shaped like a lotus with three marks one above the other the central line being longer.ii) Printed with long linear marks and having two, three of four golden spots on his body. In colour he may be green, blue or white.

By a mere look at these stones, all the sins that one had accumulated will at once get destroyed. The sacred stones may be white, yellow, red, black, green, tawny or ash-coloured; they may contain stains, and they may be multi-coloured. The colours might be excessive or faded; the colours may otherwise be difficult to determine. The stones occur thus in many colours and forms. The salagrama-stone is described as the ‘field’ for the presence of Godhead. The differentiations in this regard are dependent on the colours. The Vasudeva-salagrama is white in hue; the Hiranya-garbha-salagrama is yellow; the Pradyumna-salagrama is red. Vishnu-salagrama is black stone; Narayana-salagrama is greenish in colour; Narasimha-salagrama is red; and Vamana-salagrama is like the atasi flower in colour (flax, Linum usitatissimum)