Banalinga, aka: Bāṇaliṅga, Bana-linga, Bānaliṅgā; 4 Definition(s)

Introduction

Banalinga means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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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: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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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)

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.

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

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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”.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation
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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-English dictionary

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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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