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Bana Linga – Shivling with Striations

Bana Linga is a unique Shivling with a number of striations formed by a natural process. Bana Lina are Swayambhu – appeared naturally. The striations may be in sizes ranging from that made of a needle point to that of a hand. Legend has it that Bana Linga appeared on earth when Shiva destroyed the Tripuri palaces of demons. The stones from the Tripuri that fell on Narmada River turned into Bana Linga.

Bana Linga is named after Demon Banasura as he was an ardent devotee of Shiva and Shiva blessed him with them. It is believed that Banasaura how was doing austerities to please Shiva on the banks of Narmada collected the Lingas. As the Lingas were in the possession of Banasura it got the name Bana Linga.

Close up of Striations on
a Bana Linga
There are numerous other legends also associated with the name Bana Linga – one is that Bana means an arrow, a reed-shaft, cow’s udder and pike.

Another legend has it that Shiva appeared in the form of Linga before Banasura on the Narmada River bank and the pieces from the linga that flowed into the Narmada River are the Bana Lingas.

Another legend has it that Bana Lingas were worshipped by Devas in Heaven.

Bana Linga come in the color of ripe jambu fruit, honey, black beetle, blue, deep red, green and touch stone. The base of Bana Linga is of the same color.
There are also Bana Lingas with specific images like that of conch, lotus, mace, banner etc.

The shape of Bana Linga is like that of an egg or the teat of a cow.

The popular place associated with Bana Linga is the Narmada River.

Naturally occurring Bana Lingas are found at Amaresvara on the Mahendra Mountain in Nepal and at Kanyatirtha Ashram at Amaresvara.

Bana Lingas can be worshipped at home and it is believed that it fulfills the desires of a devotee and blesses him with peace and prosperity. It can also be carried along with a devotee.