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Great News! The “Guide to Shaligrams” Has a Publisher!

H. W. , January 22nd, 2022

Wonderful announcement everyone!! My second manuscript, designed for a popular general audience, finally has a publisher! I can hardly believe it but the book will be coming out…


Shaligram Interpretive Practice (Secondary Markings)

H. W. , January 3rd, 2022

One of the most complicated aspects of Shaligram interpretation, and the one that often takes the longest to learn, is reading the various small markings that indicate the…


Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief (Book Review)

H. W. , August 2nd, 2021

“Shaligram Pilgrimage in the Nepal Himalayas” has gotten a formal book review! LINK:


In the Presence of the Gods (Book Review)

H. W. , July 6th, 2021

Shaligram Pilgrimage in the Nepal Himalayas has been reviewed in Himal Mag! Check it out! https://www.himalmag.com/in-the-presence-of-the-gods-shaligram-pilgrimage-review-2021/


“Shaligrams as Kin”

H. W. , December 1st, 2020

My newest article, called “Cornerstones: Shaligrams as Kin” will be coming out from the Journal of Religion early next year. Here’s a preview: “The courtyard of Dinesh and…


It’s Book Release Day!

H. W. , October 5th, 2020

Firstly, a sincere thank you to everyone who has helped to make this work possible. It’s been years in the making. But today is the day, and “Shaligram…


“But What Is It Really?” – Notes on Science, Pseudoscience, and Religion in Fossil Folklores

H. W. , August 1st, 2020

“Yes, but what is it really?” The man pressed. “A fossil, or God?” Sitting in the domestic airport in Kathmandu, Nepal waiting on the day’s flights into the…


“Shaligram Pilgrimage in the Nepal Himalayas” – Pre-Order

H. W. , May 8th, 2020

My books just went up for library pre-order! I can’t believe I am finally looking at it!! LINK: https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789463721721/shaligram-pilgrimage-in-the-nepal-himalayas


Getting a Fake Shaligram, Intentionally

H. W. , April 14th, 2020

So, I got a fake Shaligram. But don’t be indignant on my behalf, it was on purpose. One of the most pervasive fears many Shaligram devotees (or would-be…


Keshav Shaligram

H. W. , February 13th, 2020

I don’t think I have ever done the Keshav Shaligram yet for my occasional “Spotlight” series. So, let’s do that one today! Because there is much to say…


Happy New Year!

H. W. , December 31st, 2019

Tonight, I happily bring in 2020 with a Surya Shaligram! May the New Year bring light, joy, and illumination to the world. फूल खिलेंगे गुलशन में खूबसूरती नज़र…


Shaligram Interpretive Practices: The Vasudev Shaligram Example

H. W. , December 6th, 2019

One thing I love about Shaligram interpretive practices is how extensively narrative they are. As in, not only does each specific ammonite fossil invoke stories about the geological…


A Shaligram is Born – Part 2

H. W. , November 18th, 2019

This second part on the birth of Shaligrams is meant to briefly demonstrate the concrete links between the sacred contexts of Shaligram veneration and the actual practices devotees…


A Shaligram is Born – Part 1

H. W. , November 13th, 2019

Witnessing the appearance of a Shaligram stone within the Kali Gandaki river is to, quite literally, witness its birth. Formed in the womb of the mountains (the Himalayas)…


A Visit to the Damodar Kund

H. W. , July 13th, 2019

Recently, a friend and devotee I’ve been blessed to know for a while now was finally able to make his yatra (pilgrimage) to the Damodar Kund. For those…


Shaligram Paleontology

H. W. , June 24th, 2019

In honor of Cephalopod Week, I’ve put together a short discussion on the types of ammonites typically found in Shaligrams. So, here we go! The Nepal Himalayas contain…


Perspective: The Many Ways of Shaligram Darshan

H. W. , June 10th, 2019

Shaligram shrines are each as unique as the households that look after them. As I move into the planning stage for my second manuscript on Shaligram interpretive traditions,…


Reading Shaligrams

H. W. , March 27th, 2019

The book is nearly complete! It’s been a long road but I will be turning in the revised and completed manuscript to my publisher in just a few…


Shaligram Stone in an Ammonite Museum

H. W. , November 11th, 2018

Whenever I am paging through endless spreadsheets of museum collection data on fossils I am always on the lookout for a few magic words: Ammonite, Spiti Shales, Nepal…


Preparing to Publish and Seeking a Title!

H. W. , October 12th, 2018

Great news! I’m excited to announce that my book manuscript has been accepted and is now officially under contract with Amsterdam University Press for their “New Mobilities in…


Spotlight: Dadhivamana (Vamana) Shaligram

H. W. , September 12th, 2018

While it is listed as Dadhivamana in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, this Shaligram is often described as a variation of the more common Vamana Shaligram of the Dasavatara…


Spotlight: Vaikuntha Shaligram

H. W. , August 27th, 2018

Vaikuntha (the Place of Non-Hindrance), Paramapadam, Vishnupada (Vishnu’s feet), or Param Padam (the Supreme Abode) is the celestial home of Vishnu. In most of the Puranas, and in the majority o…


Muktinath Cable Car

H. W. , August 14th, 2018

Depending on how long the project takes, this will be a fascinating addendum to my upcoming manuscript on Shaligram pilgrimage and mobility in Mustang. http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-08-…


Spotlight: Yagnamurti Shaligram

H. W. , June 24th, 2018

                                   Yagnamurti Shaligram Yajna (or conversely, Yagna) literally translates as “sacrifice, worship, or…