Shiva Lingam

December 27, 2010 Comments Off on Shiva Lingam

The Shiva Lingam

The linga/lingam is the holy symbol of Lord Shiva that is considered sacred by the devotees of Lord Shiva. It is believed that at the end of all creation, during the great deluge, all of the different aspects of God find a resting place in the Lingam; Bhrama is absorbed into the right, Vishnu to the left and Gayatri into the heart.

Normally, Shiva Lingas are made of carved stone. However whenever such a shape of stone is found naturally existing,  such as shaped by a swift-flowing river,
they are called “swayambhu”. These “swayambhu” lingas are held in very
high respect and are considered very potent. Many devotees have
discovered such swayambhu Shiva Lingams near the holy Narmada river.

Shiva Linga may also be made of 12 other different materials such as sand, rice, cooked food, river clay, cow dung, butter, rudraksha seeds, ashes, sandalwood, darbha grass, a flower garland or molasses.

Many scholars Interpret the shape of Shiva Linga as an Abstract Symbol of
God and suggest that the shape represents the formless Supreme Lord.

Shiva Purana describes the interesting story of how Lord Shiva appeared as the infinite Cosmic Column of fire, whose origins, Vishnu and Bhrama were unable to trace.

there are twelve important lingas and these are known as jyotirlingas. The
Siva Purana describes the legends associated with these  jyotirlingas.

The twelve jyotirlingas are:
Tryambakeshwar
Kedarnath
Vishwanatha
Somnath
Mahakal
Omkareswar
Bhimashankar
Baidyanath
Rameshwar
Mallikarjuna
Grishneshwar
Nageshwar

The Shiva Linga prayer is known as  ”Lingashtakam

 

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