Getting a Banalinga (also known as Narmada Shiva Linga or Narmadeswar Shiva linga) is quite easy these days.

You will get them in shops selling religious items. And, they are also sold on websites like ebay.

My question is how to determine whether the stone is really Lord Shiva or just any other lifeless stone?

Getting a Banalinga is important in the sense that since the Lord is already said to be present in it the elaborate procedures of pranapratistha are not needed to invoke the divine presence.

  • Best is to not buy from spurious sources. A true banalinga is retrieved from the depths of the river Narmada.
    – user1195
    Feb 20 '16 at 16:44
  • @moonstar2001 I actually want to know whether there is some test by which anyone can ascertain that the banalinga he is having is a genuine one.I once heard that if you get sound of water inside the linga while you shake it proves that it is a genuine one.
    – Rickross
    Feb 20 '16 at 16:54
  • What do you mean by "stone is really Lord Shiva or just any other lifeless stone?"!
    – Pandya
    Mar 1 '16 at 12:38
  • @Pandya What you have not understood in that statement?If you can elaborate i'll try to explain.
    – Rickross
    Mar 1 '16 at 18:05

I read in a spiritual book(Soota Sanhita,Veermitrodaya) that there are two ways to determine whether a Banalinga is original or not.In the first rule you place it in one of the plates of a torsion balance and in the other place equivalent amount of uncooked rice and balance it after 5 minute and repeat for 7 times.If you feel Shivling is heavier than rice or vice versa then it's an original Banlinga ,or if not then it's a normal stone.if the amount of rice increases (or decreases) in every step with respect to previous one ,then it is a Banlinga or if not then it's a Narmadeswar shivling. If shivling gets heavier than rice then the Shivling is not proper for a householder and vice versa.According to the 2nd rule if you throw an original Shivling in a flowing river after some time you will get it back.
But being frank, I never tried them as the processes are a little complicated ,especially the 2nd one.I hope they will also work like the processes of testing Shilgram and Rudraksh work.I have sent a page from 'Shila chakrarthabodhini',where the underlined descriptions support my words.

  • I know about this book called Vira Mitradaya. I have one book on Lord Shiva which cites it at many places. Thanks for your answer..
    – Rickross
    Jan 25 '18 at 15:26
  • BTW what's the exact name of the book and publisher? If i want to buy that is.
    – Rickross
    Jan 25 '18 at 15:36
  • Is it Suta Samhita which is part of Skanda Purana?
    – The Destroyer
    Jan 25 '18 at 17:04
  • I did not read Soota Sanhita separately .I read a book called "Shila Chakrarthabodhini" by Harakumar Thakur. The Sanskrit book describes different types of Shalgram , Narmadeswar and Banlinga and how they should be worshiped and many more.But it's a rare book and perhaps you may not collect it in a published form. The book which I have is written in Bengali alphabet. You may also read the very famous book " Tapabhumi Narmada" to get more information about this topic.
    – S.Majumder
    Jan 27 '18 at 6:49
  • Suta sanhita is a part of Skanda Purana.please check here.archive.org/details/SutaSamhita-volume1...
    – S.Majumder
    Jan 27 '18 at 7:11

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