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Mineralogy of Shiva Lingam
Mineral Family: Sedimentary Rock
Major Minerals: Quartz
Minor Minerals: Basalt, Goethite, Iron
Color: Brown, tan, off-white, red-brown, black
Location: Shiva Lingams are found exclusively in the Narmada River, which is located in central India.
Rock Family: Shiva Lingam is not a mineral, but rather a rock. An easy way to understand the difference is that rocks are like cookies and minerals are ingredients like flour or sugar. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! In the case of Shiva Lingam, the rock is largely composed of opaque cryptocrystalline quartz (making it similar to Chalcedony, Agates and true Jaspers) combined with a variety of trace minerals such as Iron (possibly from an Iron meteorite) and Goethite. It may also include Basalt, a fine-grained dark igneous rock, closely related to Obsidian.
Formation: Shiva Lingams have been venerated as a Holy Stone for thousands of years, and as such it is difficult to find purely-scientific information about its origins. It has been suggested that Shiva Lingam comes from a vein of sedimentary rock composed of layers of medium-grey and ocher-red colored materials, which is unique to the Narmada River region. According to most sources, Shiva Lingams were formed after a meteorite hit the region 14 millions years ago. Supposedly, the heat and power of the impact fused the local stones together with the meteorite material. The newly formed rocks were then tumbled in the river and over time took on their distinctive oblong shape.
Mining: Shiva Lingams are gathered for one day only each year, at the beginning of the monsoon season when the Narmada River is at its lowest level. The stones are taken near the mouth of the Narmada River, about 300 miles north of Mumbai. Local villagers who have the requisite “ancestral rights” go into the river and haul out the river rocks by hand or with the help of their oxen. Some of the Shiva Lingams have a natural oblong shape, but if they aren’t quite right, they will be shaped using hand-tools. The stones are then polished and coated with a mixture of wax, mud, herbs and oils, to bring out the color of the markings and gives the stones a soft glow. The Shiva Lingams are then sold to stone merchants, who sell them locally for veneration purposes and abroad, mainly to collectors. The stones can range in size from little tiny ones, less than in inch in size, to huge boulders.
Enhancements: All Shiva Lingams may be considered fully natural without any enhancements beyond hand-polishing and, occasionally, shaping with hand-tools.
Other Names: Banalingam, Bana Lingam, Banashivalingas, Bana Shiva Lingas, Narmadeshvara
History of Shiva Lingam
Shiva Lingam is a very unique healing stone found only in India and has been worshiped as a symbol of the god Shiva for thousands of years. However, outside of India, it may be considered a relatively “new” healing stone to the larger metaphysical world. As such, it is not included in any of the older lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers.
Shiva Lingam is sacred to Lord Shiva, the Transformer and the Destroyer, one of the most important, and perhaps the most complex, of the Hindu deities. He is usually depicted as a blue-skinned masculine deity with an all-knowing third eye on his forehead. Shiva, along with his beautiful Goddess-wife, Parvati, are considered to be the source of “Shakti” or power, a great cosmic force that flows throughout the universe.
Shakti is intimately tied to the act of creation itself, and as such is a powerful symbol of sacred sexuality. The word Shakti is sometimes used to describe purely female power, in the sense of women as the creators of life. However, it can also be seen as creation involving both male and female aspects. The word “lingam” is often translated as penis, but in essence it is better described as the “Sacred Masculine.” Similarly “yoni” which may translate into womb or vagina, is more accurately the “Divine Feminine.” Together, Shiv Shakti, with their lingam and yoni, represent the dance of the cosmic creative force.
The Shiva Lingam stone is said to be a perfect fusion of the male and female Shiv Shakti energies. The solid egg-shape represents the male energy of Shiva and the space that existed before the Universe was born, which holds the Universe now, and will exist after the Universe is gone. The male aspect represents knowledge and permanence. The colored markings on the stone represent the female energy of the Goddess. Each stone has its own unique markings, just as each life has its own unique journey. The female aspect represents wisdom and change. Together, they evoke pure balance and harmony.
Shiva Lingams are found exclusively in the Narmada River, one of the 7 sacred sites in India. It has been said that if a pilgrim washes in the sacred Ganges River the water will take away all of their sins, but if a pilgrim so much as glimpses the Narmada River, all one’s sins will be forgiven. Narmada translates from Sanskrit to mean, “the giver of pleasure.”
The Shiva Lingams found within the Narmada River have a number of different creation stories. According to one myth, they were created when Lord Shiva was destroying the wicked city of Tripura. His arrows rained down on the Earth and one of them fell in the Narmada River, splitting into many pieces and becoming river rocks. Because they were created by Shiva himself, they carried his Divine presence within them. In another myth, the first Shiva Lingam was a present from Shiva to his loyal devotee, the demon-king Bana. Bana had incurred the wrath of the other gods because of his wicked ways, but Shiva honored him anyway, and so this stone is sometimes called “Bana Lingam” rather than Shiva Lingam. In yet another myth, the Goddess Parvati personally shaped the first Shiva Lingam out of sand as a sign of her great love and devotion to her divine husband.
Shiva Lingams are considered to be “self-manifested forms” of Lord Shiva himself. Many Hindu households, as well as temples, have a Shiva Lingam on an altar. They may be decorated with fresh flowers, bathed in incense and ghee (clarified butter), sung to with sacred songs and chants, and used as a focus during meditation. Natural Shiva Lingams are viewed as physical representations of the God himself, and very different than a carving created by a human. A statue has to be consecrated in order to be holy, while a Shiva Lingam stone is inherently holy. The most sacred Shiva Lingams are called swayambus, meaning that they were naturally oblong and were not shaped by human hands at all.
Healing Properties of Shiva Lingam
Spiritual: Shiva Lingam brings us into full balance and empowerment, connecting us directly with both the Divine outside of us and the Divine within us. It resonates with the Sacred Masculine and the Divine Feminine principles, helping us to see this energy in ourselves as well as in others. It is a powerful Tantric stone, teaching us how to use our sexuality as a form of prayer and creative energy. It helps us to explore and release outdated notions of sin and shame, allowing us to live and love joyfully. Shiva Lingam reveals that the Light and Shadow sides of ourselves are just two aspects of a great, complex whole. It activates the Kundalini energy, raising our vibration skyward, while simultaneously grounding us. When used in meditation it brings both a deep feeling of peace and as well as a song of ecstatic joy. Shiva Lingam is attuned to ALL the Chakras and astrological Signs. It is connected to all the Elements and Numbers.
Emotional: Shiva Lingam is a wonderful stone for connection and non-judgement. It helps us to see each person we encounter as a beautiful, vibrant, and essential part of Creation. Shiva Lingam encourages us to deeply connect with others and to form powerful bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty. Shiva Lingam helps us to remember that we are never truly alone, and even if we are far from our loved ones, that our love remains an unbreakable bond. Shiva Lingam is an excellent stone for romantic partners, helping us to keep our passion fiery and our hearts warm and gentle with each other.
Mental: Shiva Lingam breaks apart any self-limiting beliefs and patterns that hold us back from joy and peace. It laughingly chides us for believing any “stories” we may have about our own imperfections. It reminds us instead that we are beautiful beyond measure and capable of incredible deeds. Shiva Lingam invites us to actively question any thoughts which separate us from others, particularly thoughts based on the dichotomy of good/evil or purity/sin. Shiva Lingam opens our minds to receive increasingly powerful levels of knowledge and wisdom, thereby allowing us to transform ourselves in a myriad of ways.
Physical: Shiva Lingam is said to stimulate healing on all levels and for all parts of the body. It is most often used by metaphysical healers to treat infertility and problems associated with the sexual or reproductive systems. It is believed to be an especially potent fertility stone and is often placed by, or under, the bed of a couple wishing to conceive.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Shiva Lingam
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Shiva Lingam was artisanally-mined in the Narmada River.
Stones are gathered by hand from the river, causing only minor environmental damage.
This alluvial river mining is relatively low risk for miners.
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This Shiva Lingam was polished by a family-owned lapidary in Surat, northern India.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
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The son of the owner contacted me via email and said we should do business together. I asked him if he would be at the Tucson Gem show and agreed to visit their tent in 2017. Most of their stock is crystal balls and so wasn’t applicable for my business. But they did have a few tumbled stones that no other source was carrying. They purchase directly from the mines. The son will be inherited the business one day and hopes to modernize it.
Shiva Lingam Tumbled Stone
Color: Light and dark brown. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger.
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Shiva Lingam
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