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As the story goes in the Purunas, Lord Vishnu and Brahma compete to find the beginning or end of the Agni Linga to establish who is the superior deity. At the end of the competition Brahma and the witness Ketaki flower become ineligible for worship. My questions are as follows.

1) What or who exactly is the swaroopa of Agni Linga? Is it Lord Shiva or ParaBrahm? What does it Signify?

2) Is this story just a fabricated legend or is there any mention of this in the authentic Puranas?

http://www.mahashivratri.org/legend-of-shiva-linga.html

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    The story is told, among other places, in the Vidyeshwara Samhita of the Shiva Purana, and it is Shiva who turns into the Jyotirlinga; see my answer here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/267/36 Note that Shuva is considered as Brahman in the Shaiva Puranas. Commented May 2, 2015 at 4:45
  • I've even seen claims that the story is in the Brahmanas of the Rig Veda, although I haven't confirmed this; see my question here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/4068/36 Commented May 2, 2015 at 4:48

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