Banalinga, Bāṇaliṅga, Bana-linga, Bānaliṅgā, Banalimga: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Banalinga in Shaivism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Bāṇaliṅga (बाणलिङ्ग) refers to a type of sthāvaraliṅgas, or, “immovable liṅgas”, according to a list found in both the Suprabhedāgama and the Kāmikāgama. The term is used thoughout Śaiva literature.

Source: eScholarship: The descent of scripture: a history of the Kamikagama

Bāṇaliṅga (बाणलिङ्ग) refers to the “Bāṇa-type Liṅgas”, according to the Kāmikāgama: an ancient Śaiva Āgama scripture in 12,000 Sanskrit verses dating to at least the 5th century and represented as an encyclopedic account of ritual instructions (kriyāpāda).—In modern print editions, the Kāmika-āgama is structured in two major parts. The Uttarabhāga consists of 98 chapters (paṭalas) [...] Chapters 35 to 71 are mainly concerned with installation and construction rites. Chapters 35 to 37 thus describe the installation of pedestals, Bāṇa-type liṅgas (bāṇaliṅga-pratiṣṭhā), and liṅgas suitable for rites conferring wordly benefits.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Bānaliṅgā (बानलिङ्गा) refers to “egg-shaped pebbles”, images of which are found scattered within Hindu temples.—T. A. Gopinath Rao points out the specificities of each temple by saying that each temple is filled with numerous images of gods, goddesses, parivāra-devatas (gods related in a family), devas (attendants to the gods), śālagrāmās (cakra–an ammonite shell), bānaliṅgās (egg-shaped pebbles), yantras (mystic and magical diagrams engraved upon metallic plates), navagrahas (the nine planetary divinities), certain divine animals and birds, certain holy rivers, tanks, trees and sepulchers of saints.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Banalinga in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Bāṇaliṅga (बाणलिङ्ग) refers to a type of Caraliṅga (mobile liṅga), as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 1.18. Accordingly, “[...] the auspicious Bāṇaliṅga is a bestower of vast kingdoms to the Kṣatriyas. [...] A crystal Liṅga (sphāṭikaliṅga) and a bāṇaliṅga bestow all sort of wishes on all. If a devotee does not possess a Liṅga of his own, there is no harm in using another’s Liṅga for the purpose of worship. [...] When the worship is over, the Liṅga shall be kept in a casket and placed separately in the house. Persons who worship their own Liṅgas shall, after the worship is over, offer as food those articles of diet to which they are accustomed”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Banalinga in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bāṇaliṅga (बाणलिङ्ग).—a white stone found in the river नर्मदा (narmadā) and worshipped as the लिङ्ग (liṅga) of Śiva.

Derivable forms: bāṇaliṅgam (बाणलिङ्गम्).

Bāṇaliṅga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bāṇa and liṅga (लिङ्ग).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bāṇaliṅga (बाणलिङ्ग):—[=bāṇa-liṅga] [from bāṇa] n. a white stone found in the Narmadā river and worshipped as the Liṅga of Śiva, [Religious Thought and Life in India 69.]

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Banalinga in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Banalinga in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Bāṇaliṃga (ಬಾಣಲಿಂಗ):—

1) [noun] a white, round stone found in the river Narmade and worshipped as the Linga, the symbol of Śiva.

2) [noun] (vīr.) one of the five kinds of linga.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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