Shiva Lingham stone, smooth with tan striping around in a lovely pattern.
From the Narmada river in India, the Lingham is seen as a symbol of the energy and potential of Shiva himself.
Weight 147.90 grams, 5.22 ounces, 0.33 lbs., 1/3 of a pound
Length 72.89 mm
Width & Thickness 38.72 mm in center
25.40 mm is equal to 1".
Narmada Shiva Lingams come from the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh, India, one of the seven sacred holy places of pilgrimage in India.
The Shivalings found in the Narmada are made of crypto crystalline quartz, and are said to have been formed from a meteorite that fell to Earth several million years ago.
The collection of these stones is passed down from generation to generation.
The Shiva of Narmadeshwara Lingam stones are sacred in both Hindu and Buddhist belief.
They are gathered on one sacred day of the year from an area near the source of the Narmada about 300 miles north of Mumbai.
They are polished into the traditional oval/egg shape.
According to legend, a dip in the Ganges (Ganga) is supposed to cleanse one’s soul, seven dips in the Yamuna is supposed to do the same, but mere sight of the Narmada Lingham is said to have the same effect.
The Ganga herself is believed to visit this river once a year, in the guise of a black cow, to cleanse herself of all her collected sins.
The Narmada Shiva represents the blending of male and female energy, with the shape of the stone representing the male (knowledge), and the markings on it representing the female (wisdom).
This blending of Shiva and his consort or energy, Shakti, is essential for the growth of the human race.
The lingas also illustrate harmony through duality.
In these, exists the energy of divine acceptance of what is, as it is.
They represent power, creation and the physical plane and help to ground the energy of their worshippers.
The fiery energy of Shiva’s penance, or tapas, called 'jwaalaagni' continues to blaze all over and is from him.
By bathing the lingam, the symbol of Shiva, with cooling substances like milk, water, yogurt and cooling, fragrant herbs, we keep him cool and balance out his fiery energy.
This practice of bathing of the diety is called Abhisheka in Sanskrit and Lord Shiva is known as Abhisheka Priya, or one who loves Abhisheka, so the more we bathe him, the happier he is.
The Narmada River, also called the Rewa, from its leaping motion through its rocky bed has been mentioned by Ptolemy and the author of the Periplus.
The Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas also refer to it frequently.
The Rewa Khand of the Vayu Purana and the Rewa Khand of the Skanda Purana are entirely devoted to the story of the birth and the importance of the Narmada River which is said to have sprung from the body of Lord Shiva.
It was created in the form of a lovely damsel who enamoured the gods and was hence named by the Lord “Narmada” – meaning "delight giving".
It is also often called Shankari, daughter of Lord Shankar (Shiva).
There is a popular Hindi saying “Narmada ke kanker utte Shankar” which means “the pebbles of the Narmada turn into a manifest form of Shiva” refering to the fact that the pebbles in the bottom of the river take the lingam shape.
Narmada lingas are also called Banalingas.
They are also called Svayambhu Lingas, meaning in Sanskrit “Self-existent mark or sign of God”, because they are discovered in nature and not carved or crafted by human hands.
Shiva is represented by the Bana Lingas found in the Narmada river bed near the island of Mandhata.
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