Questions tagged [shiva-lingam]

The Shiva Lingam is a representation of Lord Shiva for worship in temples. It also represents the infinite nature of Lord Shiva.

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How did the ritual of offering water and belpatra to lord Shiva start?

Does Shiv purana mention about shravan month and worshipping lord Shiva with water and belpatra during that month?
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Pouring of water on 'shivalingam' [closed]

While attend an lecture, i was told that the shivalingam is made up of granite that has radioactive counterparts of Uranium, radon and many other elements. So pouring the water on the shivalingam ...
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Why Lord Shiva consume Kanjaa or some other drugs? [duplicate]

A person who is more than all and if he consider as supreme by all, doesn't fall love on anything by nature.But Lord Shiva loves to consume drugs. My question is that is he consume drug for a bad ...
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Why should prasad offered to a shivling not be consumed?

I have heard from a few sources that the Prasad offered to Shivling should not be consumed by us. On searching stackexchange I found this post "Can devotees drink Abhishekam water" which talks about ...
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Which one of Vedas has referred to Dhyanalinga consecrated by Sadhguru?

In Sadhguru : A Life, one of his disciples mentioned a priest in Trichy mentioning Dhyanalinga is consecrated by a Grihasta Yogi, and he remembers reading about this in one of the Vedas. Does anybody ...
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Can I pour water on the shivling for abhishek as many times as I want?

I go to a temple where there is a shivling set on some soil at the base of a tree. So all the water poured goes in the root, and I feel good about giving the tree so much Shiva Nirmalaya to drink. ...
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Is cooked or uncooked rice offered in rudrabhishek? If so, which one?

Is cooked or uncooked rice offered in rudrabhishek? If so, which one? Or is it both?
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Can we touch the shivling to spread the contents of the offering like curd or ghee around it while doing Abhishek?

I read on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva_Puja that - Fingers should not be put in water, milk and ghee etc., because the touching of nails makes these things inauspicious. But when I offer ...
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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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Honey on Shivling

What are the benefits of putting honey on Shivling as per scripture?
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Did Lingodbhava incident take place twice in this Kalpa?

In Thirukandiyur near Thanjavur district, there is a temple for Brahma dev by the name Brahma Sira Kandeeswarar temple. It is believed that lingodbhava incident of where Shiva appearing in linga form ...
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How to do Prana Pratishtana of Shiv Lingam?

Recently I got a Shiva Lingam for my home altar. Since its not a Swaymbhu or Banalinga, It must first be energized through Prana Pratishtana. But I do not know the method and mantras for doing the ...
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Shiva Linga realization within the body

The Shiva Linga is generally symbolized in stone as an external object of worship. Can the true Shiva Linga be seen within the body of man via the minds' eye?
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Has Shiva Linga worship been diluted over time from the real to the unreal?

What do the ancient writings say about worshiping Shiva Linga. Is the phenominal Shiva linga that is worshipped today a true representation of the God head or is the the long forgotten subtle Shiva ...
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Is Shiva lingam mentioned in Vedas?

If so, please provide the verses. It would also be helpful if you provide a link.
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How to find defect in a Shiva linga or a Vigraham or a Shaligram

I started performing Shiva pooja of the family pooja which was carried forward from great-grand father to grand father to father to mother and now me. Are there any experts, priests who can see ...
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According to scriptures, how Bana lingas are formed in Narmada river bed?

For those who don't know what are Bana Lingas, they are self manifested lingams which can be found only in Narmada river bed. What is the reason for formation of those Bala Lingas and how those Lingas ...
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What is the story behind the famous Shiva linga of Amarnath, India?

is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. The cave is surrounded by snowy mountains. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees make an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave on ...
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How does the Karnataka's Lingayat community worship differently compared to other Shiva Linga devotees? [duplicate]

The community name is derived from the "Linga", & hence it should be part of Hinduism. However, recently Karnataka government proposed special religious status to the Lingayat community. Is the ...
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What are different symbolic representations behind lingam?

I know shiva lingam is call Mark of God, some shiva lingams are phallic symbols mainly in tantric traditions, some represent brahmand, I want to know what different scriptures say about different ...
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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 difference between red-blue rudra and the karpur gauram shankar rudra?

I know there are multiple rudras, the rudra born from brahma is said to be red and blue in colour, but sankar or ShiVa are said to be karpur gauram and nila kantham, what's the difference between the ...
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Mounds of earth with saris

Hello I hope this question isn't stupid or offensive in any way - in KZN, South Africa, the biggest Indian settlement in the world outside of India, I have recently noticed (again, as I'm sure I saw ...
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Krishna's presence in Puranas

If Krishna was born in 3228 BCE , how was he present during the Puranas when he fought against Shiva due to Banasura and Anirudha's fight ?
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As per which scriptures worshiping two Shiva Lingas in one house is not considered good?

The book Nitya Karma Puja Prakasha (Gita Press) says: In a house, if two Shiva Lingas (linga dvayam), three Ganeshas, two conch shells (Shankha), two Suryas, three Durga Murtis (or three Shakti ...
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Were there originally 64 Jyotirlingas in the world?

Is it true that it is mentioned in the Linga Puranas, that originally there were 64 Jyotirlingas in the world? If yes, then in which chapter is it mentioned? Can anyone please enlighten me on this.
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What is the difference between Eswaran and Sivaperuman?

Upanishads says Easwaran is our god and he has no shape and can't feel it on your senses , we pray lord shiva is our first and almost god,he has shapes and lingam, did lord Shiva is creation of ...
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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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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 are the three Shivalingas ( Itara, Bana and Swayambhu) mentioned in some Agama texts?

In Agamas, we find the mention of three Jyotirlingas or Shiva lingas known by the names Itaralinga, BAnalinga and Swayambhu linga. For example in KulArnava Tantram Lord Shiva says: ...
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Which scriptures describe swayambhu linga lakshanas (signs) and what are those?

I have a small book called Shiva Tattva PradipikA which discusses the various facts associated with Lord Shiva by quoting from scriptures like Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Agamas. In it we find the ...
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What is the chronological order of appearance of Jyotirlingas?

12 Jyotirlingas are shown in the pic. I'm interested to sort these Jyotirlingas based on the time of their appearance. ( To analyze the pattern they form once joined based on chronological order of ...
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Can we wear Banalinga as pendant around our neck?

Banalingas or Narmada lingas are considered as Swayambhu Shiva Lingams which are found on the river beds of Narmada river. There are many shops which sell them online as wearable pendants. Like this: ...
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“Akasam Lingamityahu…” which Purana is the source of this verse?

I have a small book on Lord Shiva called "Shiva Tattva Pradipika". In the final chapter of the book i found the verse in question. The author says its a Puranic verse but does not mention which ...
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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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Can married women do abishekam on shivalingam at home?

We have a very small thumb size, black colour shivalingam at home. Can my mother and me do abishekam on it? Also I want to know the difference between laghurudram and Mahārudram .Which helps in ...
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What is the significance for a woman of seeing one's hair parting filled with Vibhuti (sacred ash ) during her marriage in her dreams?

What is the significance for a woman of seeing one's hair parting filled with Vibhuti (sacred ash ) during her marriage in her dreams? Do any Scriptures discuss the significance of such dreams? Does ...
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What were the exact reasons of birth of all the Shivansh?

After going through stories of Shivansh, following patterns happened to be common in all- All were against Lord Shiva. Even they wanted to kill Mahadeva! All were against Devas despite of the fact ...
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What happens to Lord Shiva's trishul during dissolution of universe?

I've read Kashi is absorbed into trishul at the time of Dissolution. But Trishul too has to be absorbed. Can anyone give references about the Trishul? As it has to be absorbed, So Kashi ultimately ...
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What are some Stories of Lord Shiva which show tremendous Love of him to his devotees?

Can anyone provide some proofs that show Lord Shiva really includes his devotees as part of his own? A serial based on Mahadeva, they sometimes show as if Lord Shiva has unequal vision for his ...
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Question Regarding Shiva Linga? [duplicate]

I have a shiv-Linga at home, which I think is made of ceramic material. I perform the puja by pouring simple tap water, then sandalwood tilak, then flowers and then dhoop/incense sticks. I don't know ...
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What are offerings to shivalinga and what are fruits of it?

What are offerings to shivalinga and what are fruits of it? It is said that if we offer water of river Ganga, we attain Moksha after death, similarly milk is offered for long life. But this ...
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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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Is Banlinga/Naramadeshwar Linga proscribed to keep at home? Why?

Is Banlinga/Naramadeshwar proscribed to keep at home? Why? Any story behind them?
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Why don't we do complete 'Pradaxina' (Circumambulation) of Shivalingam?

Why don't we do complete Pradaxina of lord Shiva - Shivalingam? In a Shiva temple from a panditjee over there I've heard that we can't do complete Pradaxina of Shivalingam because he is ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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What are the salient features of Rameswaram Shivalinga mentioned in Ramacharitmanas?

It is believed that the presiding deity, of the Ramanathaswamy Temple(in Rameswaram)viz the Lingam of Lord Ramanathaswamy(Lord Shiva), was consecrated by Lord Sri Rama. It is learnt that in the ...
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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 ...