Found only in the Narmada River in India, Lingams (commonly known as Shiva Lingams and referred to as Banalinga) are a variety of cryptocrystalline quartz that is oval in shape and contains earthy hues, usually two-toned. These Lingams are gathered once a year in a special ceremony and then polished by hand. In ancient Sanskrit, Shiva Lingam means a “sign” or “symbol” and the actual lingam stones are used in Shiva worship.
The Lingam is known to be one of the oldest religious symbols known to humans. Shiva Lingams are said to symbolize the Divine Creative Manifestation, and they are also known to balance the masculine and feminine energy forms within everyone. 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. Geologists theorize that the iron oxide, of which the yoni is composed, was impregnated in the river bed millions of years ago by a meteorite.
Shiva Lingam's oval shape makes it a powerful energy generator appropriate for healing and a unique tool for meditation. 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 you to recognize and let go of things (feelings, emotions, etc.) that no longer serve you or have been outgrown.