I have read different stories about this on Quora. Some of my childhood friends would tell some different stories to me about this.

I need to know what it really means and why we worship it?

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    Avoid using such words in public site. I removed it! Aug 28, 2019 at 16:11
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    @ParabrahmanJyoti oops. I didn't notice while writing. My intention was not that hope you understand.
    – Vikas
    Aug 28, 2019 at 16:12
  • It means Shiva's symbol. The word Linga means "symbol" literally. Genitals in human body are also called linga because it is a symbol to differentiate the gender. For more details : youtu.be/kWdyrWBLdKU
    – user19357
    Jan 2, 2020 at 5:42

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This is answered in

Meaning 1

These chapters convey that in the beginning it was representation of Shiva's Niṣkala (nameless and formless) aspect or his representation as piller/column of fire.

Meaning 2

Later on,

Lord Śiva said:— 45. O gods, O sages, you listen to my words with reverence. If my penis is supported in a vaginal passage there will be happiness.

  1. Except Pārvatī, no other woman can hold my penis. Held by her my penis will immediately become quiet.


  1. Śiva became delighted and so also Pārvatī, the mother of the universe. That phallus was held by her in that form then.

So, now, below is the meaning of it

The pedestal shaped as the vagina and the phallus fixed therein are symbolical of the eternal creative forces personified as Śivā [Pārvatī] and Śiva.

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