Narmadeshwar Shivling or Narmada Shivling(Lingam) is a unique stone which is formed naturally and found in the Narmada River bed, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, in the village of Bakawan. The Narmada Lingam is formed by merely the flow and current of the water of Narmada River, which may seem almost unbelievable when you see these Narmada River stones, because of the perfect way it is formed into the Egg-like, elliptical Lingam shape. The Narmada Shiva Lingam, is found only in the part of the Narmada River which flows through Madhya Pradesh and not in parts where the river flows through the state of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
The significance of Narmadeshwar Shivling is that it denotes Lord Shiva and has been worshipped since ancient times with reverence as a powerful Shivling and is considered the best Shivling to worship, even better than Parad(Mercury), Gold, Sphatik( Quartz Crystal) Shivlings. The Shivling is an abstract form of Lord Shiva, which is worshipped as Lord Shiva, as a representation of His infinite energy form, which has no beginning and no end. The Narmada river Shiva Lingam is said to have miraculous qualities, excellent in fulfilling desires of the devotees and worshipping this Shivling is highly virtuous. These Shivlings possess extreme healing power, potent in opening the Chakras of the body and is commonly worshipped at home.
Narmada Shiva Lingam is categorized as Swayambhu Lingam, that means it is self manifested or mark of God's existence. It existed by itself, no human crafted it.
Narmada Shivlings are also referred as Banalingams as both are found in Narmada River and are Swayambhu (self created) however there are subtle difference which other traders do not share with everyone because Banalingams are very rare. Click HERE (difference between banalingams and narmada lingams) to read about difference between Narmada and Banalingams
The Skanda Purana mentions that the Narmada River(also called Rewa) sprung from the body of Lord Shiva and the name Narmada was also given by Lord Shiva, a reason for which Narmada is also known as Lord Shiva's daughter. Therefore the river is also called Shankari. The Narmada River is considered so sacred that you don't require to take a dip in it, just seeing the River is equivalent to taking a dip in the holy River Ganga.
The Narmadeshwar Shiva Lingam is composed of Cryptocrystaline Quartz, Agate, Basalt Chalcedony, Iron Oxide of Meteoric origin and Goethite and compared to other stones on Earth, it possesses the highest vibration. The stone is high on hardness measuring 7 on Mohs scale. It is believed that a Meteorite exploded and fell on the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh, which gives it the Mineralogical composition it has. Generally, the sacred Shivling found in Narmada River is Brown, Beige, dark Brown in colour with Red markings, which is said to be caused by Meteorite mineral. The Red markings denote Lord Shiva's female counterpart, Devi Shakti. So the fascinating Narmada Lingam is the embodiment of Shiva and Shakti. Black Narmadeshwar Shivling are rare and equally powerful.
The Shiva Lingam stone Narmada River is highly esteemed by Shaivaites, just like the Vaishnavites regard the Shaligram Shila, the representation of Lord Vishnu, found in the Gandaki River naturally.
During the dry season the water level is at its lowest in the Narmada River. Just before the Monsoon starts, certain families in the villages who have been traditionally appointed collect the Narmadeshwar Mahadev Shivling from the River, after conducting a ceremony. Thereafter, to give it a smooth finish they are polished with the help of mud, Cow dung and natural oils by skilled hands giving us the Narmadeshwar Shivlings for worship.
Types of Narmadeshwar Shivling
The Narmadeshwar Shivlings are categorized in various types, as per the marking on the stone, which are said to denote the impression of the Gods and Celestial Guardians who worshipped it, as mentioned in Siddhanta Sekhara. However, the Narmada Nadi Shivling is so sacred that you may choose any of them to be worship and it will give the same outcome of the Narmada Lingam benefits.
Padma or Lotus - The Lotus or Padma mark on Narmada Lingam is said to have been worshipped by Lord Brahma.
Samkhabha Mastaka or Conch Shell - The Shamkhabha Mastaka is the Conch Shell mark on top of the Narmada Ligam which is believed to have been worshipped by Lord Vishnu.
Chhatra or Parasol - The Narmada Shiva Lingam that bears the mark of an Umbrella/Parasol, called Chattra (Hindi), depicts that the King of Heaven, Lord Indra worshipped it.
Padha or Three Steps - When a Shivling Narmadeshwar is marked with three steps or Padha, it is said to have been worshipped by Lord Yama, the God of Death.
Siro Yugma or Heads Mark - The Hindu God of Fire, Lord Agni, is said to have worshipped the holy Narmadeshwar Shivling which is marked with the Heads Mark or Siro Yugma.
Kalasha or Water Pot/Vase- If the Kalasha mark is seen on the Narmadeshwar Lingam stone, God of Water or Lord Varuna worshipped the stone.
Dhvaja or Flag/Banner - The Dhavaja or Flag mark on the Shivling from Narmada River, is believed to have been worshipped by God of Air or Lord Vayu.
Gada or Mace - Lord Ishana, who is the keeper of the Northeast direction, as per Vastu Shashtra. The mark of Mace or the Gada, on the sacred Narmada Shiva Lingam, signifies that Lord Ishana has worshipped the Lingam.
Narmada Shivling Worship
Once you buy the Narmadeshwar Shivling for home or office, you may install it in the Puja Alter on a Yoni base and worshipped. The ancient texts specify that the size should be at least of four fingers, i.e. four inches, for it to qualify to be worshipped. Anything lesser than that size may be carried or worn as a pendant or Locket as a power tool. Puja of the Narmada Shivling is immensely meritorious.
It is interesting to note that because the Narmada Lingam is a Swayambhu Lingam, self created or formed naturally, it does not require the Prana Prathishta ritual or process of consecration, which is generally done for other Shivlings. So be it Narmadeshwar Shivling for home or for Temple, it can be installed and worshipped. If one wants, then the ritual of consecration of this holy Shivling can be done, which speeds up manifesting desires.
Abhishekham is a sacred bathing of the Shivalinga which is done with a mixture of Milk(unboiled), Water, Curd, Ghee(clarified butter) and Honey. Chanting Lord Shiva Mantras is part of the process. You can offer flowers, incense, Sandalwood paste, Dhatura, Bael Patta etc. It is said that there is no compulsion to conduct Abhishekham every day. Chanting Lord Shiva Mantras is beneficial to evoke more positive energies from the Narmada nadi Shivling.
Narmadeshwar Shivling Benefits
The Narmada Shivling is sought after as it is well known for its supreme power. Bigger sized Narmada Lingams are worshipped and smaller sized can be made in into beautiful talisman to be worn in the neck. The mere presence of the Narmada Lingam in the house or workspace is enough to fill the space with positive energies, which help every inmate in the place. The meritorious Narmada Shivling benefits everyone without discrimination, which is one of Lord Shiva's numerous attributes.
Narmadeshwar Shivling is famous for opening the Chakras (energy centres) of the body and raising the Kundalini. A reason for which it is desired by spiritual seekers, people who practice Sadhana etc.
Worshipping this Shivling heal diseases and ailments.
The Narmada Shivling worship during the Shani Sade Sati phase, eases the malefic effects of Saturn/Shani for the native. The ill effects of malefic Planets too are reduced to minimum.
Worshipping and meditating on the Narmadeshwar Shivling, enhances concentration and focus.
This unique Shivling is a great tool for aligning with Lord Shiva energies, and has been used for the same since centuries by spiritual seekers and devotees.
Keeping the Narmada river Shiva Lingam ushers prosperity.
It is helpful in maintaining or building harmonious relationships, especially among family members/between couples and stands for unity.
Negative Karmas get dissolved by worshipping the admirable Narmadeshwar Shivling.
The Narmada Lingam can be used to correct Vastu Dosh.
It propels growth in business, bringing opportunities, clients when installed in office/workspace.
The Narmadeshwar Shivling is favoured by Energy healers and used as a tool for healing lower energies.
The protective power of this Shivling does not allow negative, evil energies and Black Magic to effect the space it is kept in.
Placement of Narmadeshwar Shivling
As per Agama Shastra, there are two acceptable orientations of the Shiva Linga.
1. The Yoni base facing the North and the devotee facing the East (towards the West face of the Lingam). 2. The Yoni base facing the East and the devotee facing the North (towards the South face of the Lingam). The Yoni base here shall mean the point from where the Abhishek liquid (Water or Panchamrit) flows out of Shiva Ling.
Due to the demands for the desirable Narmadeshwar Shivling there are fake versions of the Shivling in the market and one should be careful while buying it.
Rudra Centre has genuine, natural Narmadeshwar Shivling collection for customers to choose from for the purpose of Puja with or without Yoni base, made of different material.
Namaste Ms Neetaji, Received the Narmada Shiva Lingas in excellent condition yesterday. It was a joyous day for me. Many thanks for your kindness in replacing the item and sending them fast. Rudra Centre's customer service is highly commendable. Rest assured Rudra Centre will have another regular customer henceforth. God Bless. Om Namah Shivaya. Best regards CHANDRA MOGHAN SP
Dear Ms Neetaji, I received everything you sent me yesterday in good condition and I love my Shivlings with Abhishek pot, snake and stand. You did a great and a wonderful job. Thanks. Thanking you in appreciation. With regards, Ila Patel
Thank you for the prompt shipping of my order, received a few weeks ago. Everything arrived safely, and the rudrakshas are just beautiful. Will have them blessed at Kadavul Temple on the island of Kauai. Narmada lingam is such an interesting one. Thank you also for the gifts of mala, CDs, gold coins, yantra, and navaratna necklace, which is adorning the Siva Nataraja in the shrine room. Will recommend Rudraksha-ratna highly. Aum Namasivaya, Indivar Sivanathan
I just received my package containing the rare black 10 inch narmada shivalinga and the parad bracelet. I had been inspired the night before to arrange the other large shivalingas I have in my temple to represent the four directions of the compass as well as the four varnas and the four elements. My biggest one is a brown narmada shivalinga that is a foot long and weighs 20 pounds. As I pulled the living embodiment of Lord Shiva out of the plastic, I felt giddy all over as a girl about to be wedded to her husband. The linga fitted perfectly into a white marble mortar I had bought many months a
Dear Rudra Center Team, Namasthe! Received The Narmada Lingam on friday. It is very magnificent and royal in the yoni base you have provided. The culmination of our rudraksha purchase was the narmada shivji. All of us were very emotional after seeing the beautiful Natural Lingam. The saying 'Satyam sivam sundaram' is apt for the Lingam. Feel very very humbled. Hope we can serve Shivji with atmost humiltiy. That is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Thanks and warm regards to every one at Rudra center. Roopa
I happily received my Narmada Shivling on 26-2-2010. The packaging of the items were excellent. The Shivling was extremely beautiful. Thank you for your caring and prompt service. My past experiences with your concern makes me strongly conclude that you are Customer oriented and that only the satisfaction of the customer is your goal. Happy to buy from such a good service minded seller. Bala Venkatesh
I would like to thank you very much for the prompt arrival of the Shiva linga stone. It is so beautiful and I do appreciate the fact that you acted so quickly and efficiently. I would also like to thank you for the gift. Yours most sincerely, Claire Bellenis
A week back I have received the Narmada Shivalingam pendant (Small) I had ordered. Thank you for sending me the product on time and with efficiency. But I could not stop myself from writing to you for the striking beauty of the product.Frankly speaking, I did not expect the product to be so exquisite which far exceeded my expectation. It even looks and feels much more beautiful than what appears on your website. Holding it in my hand for the first time, I could feel the genuineness and authenticity of the product. Even the packaging and delivery were extremely good. Moreover, I really liked th