Narmada Shiva Lingams come from the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh, India, one of the seven sacred holy places of pilgrimage in India. The collection of these stones is passed down from generation to generation. The Shiva of Narmadeshwara Lingam stones are sacred in both Hindu and Buddhist belief. They are gathered on one sacred day of the year from an area near the source of the Narmada about 300 miles north of Mumbai. They are polished into the traditional oval/egg shape by the action of the river.
According to legend, a dip in the Ganga River is supposed to cleanse one’s soul, seven dips in the Yamuna is supposed to do the same, but mere sight of the Narmada has the same effect. The Ganga herself is believed to visit this river once a year, in the guise of a black cow, to cleanse herself of all her collected sins.
The Narmada River, also called the Rewa, from its leaping motion (from the root rev) through its rocky bed has been mentioned by Ptolemy and the author of the Periplus. The Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas refer to it frequently. The Rewa Khand of the Vayu Purana and the Rewa Khand of the Skanda Purana are entirely devoted to the story of the birth and the importance of the Narmada River which is said to have sprung from the body of Lord Shiva. It was created in the form of a lovely damsel who enamoured the gods and was hence named by the Lord “Narmada” – delight giving. It is also often called Shankari, daughter of Lord Shankar (Shiva).
There is a popular Hindi saying “Narmada ke kanker utte Shankar” which means “the pebbles of the Narmada turn into a manifest form of Shiva” refering to the fact that the pebbles in the bottom of the river take the lingam shape.
The lingum size available is about 2.5cm.
The shape of the Shiva Lingam makes it a powerful energy generator appropriate for healing a unique tool for meditation and cleansing. The natural shaping and polishing process forms a very balanced ritual object that combines both masculine and feminine attributes, providing a unified vibration.
The Shiva Lingam is a stone of insight, allowing the user to recognize and let go of things (feelings, emotions, etc.) that no longer serve or have been outgrown. The lingam represents the center axis of life, connecting earth with universe.
Lingam is symbolic of the Divine Creative Manifestation. The Lingam shape is representative of the power of Shiva, the Lord of Creation, and the masculine creative energy. The markings, also known as the yoni, symbolize the feminine energy, the seed which is fertilized to manifest the creative power in the dance of the cosmos.