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Bāṇ[[aliñga]] literally means ‘liṅga of [[Bāṇa]]’.
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Bāṇ[[aliñga]] literally means ‘[[liṅga]] of [[Bāṇa]]’.
  
 
==Occurence of Bāṇaliṅgas==
 
==Occurence of Bāṇaliṅgas==
Bāṇaliṅgas are natural liṅgas of Śiva (svayambhu or self-manifest) made of crystallized quartz. They are generally found
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Bāṇaliṅgas are natural liṅgas of [[Śiva]] (svayambhu or self-manifest) made of crystallized quartz. They are generally found
 
in some sacred rivers like the Narmadā.
 
in some sacred rivers like the Narmadā.
  
 
==Significance of Bāṇaliṅgas==
 
==Significance of Bāṇaliṅgas==
[[A]] legend goes that Śiva got them manifested at the special request of Bāṇā[[sura]], [[a]] great devotee of his. It is hence named as ‘bāṇaliṅga’.
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[[A]] legend goes that [[Śiva]] got them manifested at the special request of Bāṇā[[sura]], [[a]] great devotee of his. It is hence named as ‘bāṇaliṅga’.
  
 
==Characteristics of Bāṇaliṅgas==
 
==Characteristics of Bāṇaliṅgas==
Though several stones shaped like a liṅga are found in the river Narmadā, not all of them are bāṇaliṅgas. Special characteristics are prescribed for them in order to determine which ones are true bāṇaliṅgas. The bāṇaliṅgas occur in many shapes, sizes and colors. They are hence given different names.  
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Though several stones shaped like a [[liṅga]] are found in the river Narmadā, not all of them are bāṇaliṅgas. Special characteristics are prescribed for them in order to determine which ones are true bāṇaliṅgas. The bāṇaliṅgas occur in many shapes, sizes and colors. They are hence given different names.  
 
* The ‘āgneya-liñga’ will be rose in color and warm to touch.
 
* The ‘āgneya-liñga’ will be rose in color and warm to touch.
 
* The ‘yāmya-liṅga’ is shaped like a cudgel.  
 
* The ‘yāmya-liṅga’ is shaped like a cudgel.  
* The ‘varuṇa-liñga’ is round in shape.  
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* The ‘[[varuṇa]]-liñga’ is round in shape.  
 
* The ‘raudra-liṅga’ resembles a piece of bone.
 
* The ‘raudra-liṅga’ resembles a piece of bone.
 
* The ‘vaiṣṇava-liṅga’ has variegated colors.  
 
* The ‘vaiṣṇava-liṅga’ has variegated colors.  
They are sometimes given different names of Śiva like Svayambhu, Mṛtyuñjaya or Nīlakaṇṭha depending upon their external characteristics.
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They are sometimes given different names of Śiva like Svayambhu, Mṛtyuñ[[jaya]] or Nīlakaṇṭha depending upon their external characteristics.
  
  

Latest revision as of 22:34, 15 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Banalinga, BANaliJga, Baanaliyga


Bāṇaliñga literally means ‘liṅga of Bāṇa’.

Occurence of Bāṇaliṅgas

Bāṇaliṅgas are natural liṅgas of Śiva (svayambhu or self-manifest) made of crystallized quartz. They are generally found in some sacred rivers like the Narmadā.

Significance of Bāṇaliṅgas

A legend goes that Śiva got them manifested at the special request of Bāṇāsura, a great devotee of his. It is hence named as ‘bāṇaliṅga’.

Characteristics of Bāṇaliṅgas

Though several stones shaped like a liṅga are found in the river Narmadā, not all of them are bāṇaliṅgas. Special characteristics are prescribed for them in order to determine which ones are true bāṇaliṅgas. The bāṇaliṅgas occur in many shapes, sizes and colors. They are hence given different names.

  • The ‘āgneya-liñga’ will be rose in color and warm to touch.
  • The ‘yāmya-liṅga’ is shaped like a cudgel.
  • The ‘varuṇa-liñga’ is round in shape.
  • The ‘raudra-liṅga’ resembles a piece of bone.
  • The ‘vaiṣṇava-liṅga’ has variegated colors.

They are sometimes given different names of Śiva like Svayambhu, Mṛtyuñjaya or Nīlakaṇṭha depending upon their external characteristics.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore