Can we keep the Siva Linga at home and is this good or bad for families? Some of the Lord Shiva's devotees are advising me to avoid the Shiva Linga to keep in home.
Yes. Shiva Linga can be kept in your house but you must follow some rules to keep Shiva Linga in your house, as we invited Shiva into Linga by doing Prana Pratista.
Dr.Annadanam Chidambara Sastri gives some instructions one must follow to keep Shiva Linga at home. This video is part of Telugu Program called Dharma Sandhehalu which is aired on Bhakti TV.
Lord Shiva has two forms. Akalam and Sakalam. Akalam is Nirguna form (unmanifested) which is worshiped in Linga. Sakalam is manifested form with Goddess Parvathi as Parameswara. It is said that by anointing Shiva Linga with water and offering Bilva leaves to linga (placing those leaves on top of Linga), we can tie Kamadhenu in our house. There is no Dosham in keeping Shiva linga at home.
It is suggested to do Abhishekam to linga and offer Bilva leaves daily. If you go to other place, you can immerse Shiva Linga in rice. It's not mandatory to know Namaka-Chamaka Mantras (Sri Rudram) to do Abhisheka but heartfelt Abhisheka with water is enough. Make sure the Puja Room is clean and sacred.
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Note: Parad shiva lingam doesn't need pran pratishta because it is believed that shiva is already present in mercury(shiv tatva).
I live in Bhubaneshwar , which is a Shaiva Pitha. The Lingaraj Temple is quite famous and devotees from all over India visit this Temple . A large number of Shiva Temples , have been built in Bhubaneshwar , between 8th Century AD to 11 th Century AD.
We do keep Shiva Lingas at home for worship . There are no restrictions imposed on the worship of Shiva Linga . It is worsipped along with Images or Paintings of other Gods and Goddesses..
One thing , however, we are required to remember, is this -" SARVAM KHALU IDAM BRAHMAM "--God has transformed Himself into the whole Universe. " KA KAN MEIN BHAGAWAN" -is the equivalent in Hindi ..God exists in all atoms and particles in this Universe --is the meaning of this.