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What is a Shivling? [duplicate]

As far as I know and understand, the Sanskrit word "lingam" लिन्गम् means the genital organ of a human or an animal. Is the Shivling the same thing? If this is so, what is the significance behind ...
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Why people worship shiv-ling? [duplicate]

'Shiva linga' is a form , a symbol of our origin. Form is tangible and objective, thought is intangible and subjective. "When 'linga' meets with 'yoni' we come in this universe, we born , we ...
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Why is Lingam said to be the symbol of phallus(Penis)resting in the middle of a rimmed, disc-shaped yoni(Vagina)? [duplicate]

I have come across the following information online on lingam: The lingam is often represented alongside the yoni (Sanskrit word, literally "origin" or "source" or "womb"), a symbol of the goddess or ...
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What does linga literally mean in Shiva Linga? [duplicate]

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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How does the god Shiva changed to Lingam idols [duplicate]

What is the story about the Shiva Lingam and God Shiva. All the gods having the Human Idols except God Shiva. How it was happened that God Shiva giving shape in Lingam Idols.
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Is there any erroneous belief to worship of Shiva Linga? [duplicate]

As we know that penis is the most hidden part of body, and society could not accept to see any one nude. Then isn't it disrespecting to worship Lord Shiva's penis ?
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Why are temples devoted to Brahma so rare?

It is well-known that temples devoted to Brahma are extremely rare compared to temples devoted to Vishnu and Shiva (or, indeed, any number of other deities, e.g. Murugan, Ganesh, Hanuman, etc.). ...
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What is the story behind lord Ganesha's broken tusk?

In many idols of lord Ganesha, I saw that the left tusk is broken. Credit: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/64.102 What is the story behind that broken tusk? Does it signify something?
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Is it true that Lord Shiva's description is different in Vedas?

The description of Lord shiva is holder of Trishul and damaru, holder of pinaka bow, Ganga flowing from his head, having a moon on head, having snake in his neck,having 3 eyes,having body covered by ...
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What is the difference between a Shiva temple and a Jyotirlinga?

Spread across India, we have many temples of Lord Shiva and we also have about twelve Jyotirlingas. I want to know whether there's any difference between a Shiva Temple and a Jyotirlinga.
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Do we have any details about the oldest idol of any Hindu God found anywhere in the world?

What is the oldest idol of any Hindu God being found anywhere in the world? If possible provide some details about how much old it was. How did it look like? And what material was it made of? Please ...
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Why do we celebrate Maha shivratri festival?

Every year we celebrate Maha Shiva Ratri Festival and every time one question roaming in my mind and that is "Why"? Why do we celebrate this festival? Every Festival have its meaning but I don't ...
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Can we keep Shiva Linga at home?

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.
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If Shiva Linga is worshiped in all yugas then what curse did Rishi Bhrigu give to Lord Shiva?

EXPLANATION : Shivalinga is said to be the Formless Brahman and is worshiped from the beginning. There is also a story of Bhirgu rishi cursing Lord Shiva when he visited Kailash. It was misunderstood ...
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What is the story of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...
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What is the story of Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...
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Are there any scriptural references of the trinity "Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh(Shiva)" as depicted in popular culture?

Brahma is typically depicted as an ancient deity with multiple heads [& hands] in various directions. Vishnu is depicted in form of a deity sleeping in the midst of an ocean over a big snake (...
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Which mantras should be recited to properly worship Lord Rudra?

Apart from Gayatri mantra ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि तन्नो रुद्रः प्रचोदयात्॥ Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dhimahi Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat॥ and Rudram- Chamakam and Namakam. Are ...
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What is the story of Siva's Incarnation (ईशान) Ishan?

According to what I have studied yet the 23rd incarnation of Lord Shiva is (ईशान) Ishan (The ruler). The story related to this incarnation is not described much deeper or it can be my fault that I ...
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Why is sage Bhrigu called the son of Varuna the ocean god?

The Taittirya Upanishad makes up the seventh, eighth, and ninth Vallis (sections) of the Taittirya Aranyaka of the Yajur Veda. The last of these three Vallis is called the Bhrigu Valli, and this how ...
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What is the story of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...
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What is the story of Kasi Vishwanatha Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...
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What is the story of Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...
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What is the story of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...
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How can God be cursed?

As I was looking through this question Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in a linga form? I came across an answer by keshav, where he narrates the story of sage Brighu cursing Brahma and Shiva. We ...
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What is the story of Bheemshankar Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...
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What is the story of Kedarnath Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...
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Can you worship an idol of Shiva?

Can you worship a statue (idol) of Lord Shiva? Not just the Shiva linga.
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What is the story of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...
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What is the story of Somanath Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Godesses Saraswati in Linga Purana states: सर्वं लिंगमयं लोकं सर्वं लिंगे प्रतिष्ठितम् । तस्मात्सर्वं परि...
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Why Maha Shivaratri won't fall on Karthika Masam?

Karthika Masam is sacred days dedicated only to Lord Shiva. Then Why Maha Shivaratri won't fall on Karthika Masam?
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While praying, who are allowed to touch/caress "Shiva Linga", the sacred phallus?

As per this thread, there are various opinions of whether the idol at the temple should be touched or not: Is it allowed to hug/touch the main idol at a temple? Now there is a special case of Shiva, ...
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What is the story of Ghushmeshwara Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...
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What is the story of Trayambakeshwara Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shiva has been worshipped in Linga form from time beginning as described in answer here. Among the Lingas there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are of special importance. Mahatmya of 12 Jyotirlingas is ...
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Why does the Todala Tantra describe worshiping Nilakantha as sinful?

Just like Vaishnavas follow Pancharatra Agamas and Shaivites follow Shaiva Agamas, Shakta follow Shakta Agamas, aka Shakta Tantras. (I discuss an exception which proves the rule here.) One such ...
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Swayambhuva form of Shivalinga

Baijnath is famous for its 13th-century temple dedicated to Shiva as Vaidyanath, ‘the Lord of physicians’. The Baijnath temple has been continuously under worship ever since its construction in 1204 A....
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Why Shivling was worshipped as per Mahabharata?

I know that as per puranas like Shiva puran & Linga puran that , Lord Shiva had emerged as a fire pillar. Later on which became shivling. But are there any reasons as per Mahabharata that why it ...
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Do the idols of gods and goddesses need to be made of same colour?

Do the idols of gods and goddesses worshipped in temples be of same colour as depicted in scriptures?