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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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Unhealthy signs related to shiva lingas

I have a shiva linga at home on which I provide water everyday , but recently some insects and flies fly near the shiva linga . Is this a bad sign that the linga is actually not producing any good ...
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How to do prana Prathishta of a shiva linga

What are some of the scriptures and texts that give a detailed explaination on how to do a prana Prathishta of shiva linga at home .
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Why is killing even evil brahmins categorized as 'brahma hatya'?

The fact that in Hinduism 'brahma-hatya' is given special importance is discriminatory but we won't talk about that. What I am curious is why is the killing of evil brahmins - like Vritra by Indra and ...
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did mahadev disrespect mata parvati?

So my question is ...when I was reading shiva purana edited by J.L Shastri I found this in section 2.4 rudra-samhita (kumara-khanda), does this mean shiv/Mahadev disrespected his wife? I have very ...
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How many shiva lingas can be kept at home?

What does the puranam say about keeping the number of shiva lingas at home? We traditionally have one shivalinga at the main room , on the deity altar along with maa Kali and other deity pictures , ...
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How can there be fire inside Mahakal garbhagraha and harm the priests there?

Is this some leela? I know the rational answer is some chemical reaction but Mahakal is above all this. If he wants he could have stopped it and the injuries to devotees and priest. Not to say this ...
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Do any Scriptures mention the Shaivite Ritual of Linga-Dharana?

Do any Vedas, Puranas or Agamas mention the Shaivite ritual of Linga-Dharana?
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Difference between small and large size shiva linga?

Is there any difference in the functioning and effect of small shivalingas and large shiva lingas which are kept in temples. What will happen if we keep a large shiva linga at our home ? Can it bring ...
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How to worship a shiva linga?

How does one practice to worship shiva linga in house? What are the specific days and events which are essential to be performed, and do we have to put milk,curd,honey and ghee each week to maintain ...
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What are the various types of Banalingas that are present near Narmada river?

Banalingas present near the holy Narmada river have various kinds of colours and design on them. Some are red , some have a black dot, some are bi coloured in red and white and various other colours. ...
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Some interesting facts about narmadeshwara shiva linga?

I am thinking of buying a narmadeswar Shiva linga. Can anyone tell me what are the do’s and don’t s of this type of shiva linga and what should be done daily for the proper maintainable of this shiva ...
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How to design Shivalinga form?

Who was instrumental in designing Shivalinga the form we worship across planet Earth?
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Shiva with four hands | explanation

Can anyone explain below form of Lord Shiva: I have few specific question: What’s the name of this form. Front two hands are showing some mudras. What’s the object attached to His Trishul. Meaning ...
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Natural Shiv Ling consecration

We have found a natural Shiv Ling in a forest that we would like to consecrate and bless to Lord Shiva. What are suggested mantras, operations and related to do it? Water, Milk would be sufficient ? I ...
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Brahmasutra Lingam and its types

I found some lingams with lines carved on them but for some lingams there are no lines carved. I've heard that the lingam which has these lines is more auspicious than the regular ones. So I'd like to ...
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Shiv Puran Section 4 Chapter 12 ( Kotirudra Samhita Adhyay 12) states Shiv ling is Penis and Yoni is Vagina

In the mentioned Chapter, Rishi Suta explains the story behind Shivling. In the translations it states that Shivji appeared in front of wives of Sages holding his penis in his hand and sages curse him ...
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Do scriptures support the offering of Turmeric to Shivling?

Many people oppose the offering of Turmeric (Haldi) on Shivling by claiming that Haldi is of feminin nature while Shivling is of masculine. By that logic, Kumkum should also be prohibited for ...
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how should i change shiv ling with proper way

Namaskaram Hi im a lingayat and my family has been doing shiv upasana from a long time recently grew interest in upasana and we always wanted to change the existing shiv ling because we wanted a ...
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Is the Gudimallam lingam a testament to Shivling being phallic?

The gudimallam lingam which dates anywhere around 1 BC to 2 AD is probably the oldest surviving shivling. This however is unmistakably phallic in nature. Does this prove that shivling is a penis after ...
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Worship of multiple Devis/avatars?

Please understand from the outset that I am a Westerner who is very new to the idea of bringing Hindu precepts into my life formally, so anything foolish or ignorant I say should be taken with that in ...
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How to make Lord Shiva happy so he fullfills a wish?

This isn't a materialistic wish so please don't think I am trying to trade with Lord.
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What is the symbolic significance of Maa Lakshmi offering bel fruit (Shree Phal) during her Shiv Puja.?

Disclaimer.: My intetion is not to hurt the sentiments of any sampradaya or infact anyone. As every Pouranik story has an inner symbolic meaning behind it. Hope u will understand. Note.: I am ...
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How to find which chakra a lingam is consecrated?

In many old shiva temples we can find Lingams with some markings on it. The markings aren't same in every lingam. Are those markings is to identify that the lingam is consecrated for a particular ...
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Are there devotional objects for worship of Lord Vishnu (comparable to the shivling used for worshipping Lord Shiva)?

For Lord Shiva, there are shivlings/lingam that people use for devotional worship. Are there any comparable devotional objects that many people use to worship Lord Vishnu, or objects that represent ...
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Is there a difference between Avimukteswara and Visvesvara?

The original Kashi Vishwanatha temple is thought to have been at the place that the Gyanvapi mosque stands, the original temple having been razed by Aurangzeb. However I came across two articles (...
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Significance of Linga svarupa compared to Moorthi svarupa of Lord Shiva

What is the significance of Linga svarupa compared to Moorthi svarupa of Lord Shiva Why we see so many lingas all around the world What is the significance of the linga svarupa or shape
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What is the material that is present in all the 12 Jyotirlingas that we have?

What is the material composition that is present in all the 12 Jyotirlingas that we have? Across the globe we see Shivalingas appearing don't we consider any of them as Jyotirlingas? Was there any ...
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Why should the Yoni (Potruding part of Shiva Lingam) always face North?

I've noticed and understood that, wherever the Shiva Lingam is, the Yoni of the Shiva Lingam should always face North? I have two Questions: I've seen certain temples in India where Shiva lingas are ...
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Direction of shiva lingam [duplicate]

I've went to many Lord Shiva temples and seen the lingam in different directions. In some temples, the direction is like this: And in some temples, the direction is like this: Why is there a ...
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Is the Shiva Linga related to the phallus (Based on the incident in Daruvana) [duplicate]

Śiva himself assuming a very hideous form came there in order to test their devotion. He was very brilliant but stark naked. He had smeared ashes all over his body as the sole ornament. Standing there ...
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how is a khandit shivling revived again and restored

very soon gyanvapi temple will be restored. what are the procedures as per shastras to revive nd reinstall a khandit or abandaoned shivling like the one there is present at gyanwapi well? plz explain ...
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What are the dimensions of original Visvesvara Linga as per scriptures?

As there is already a question about Jnanavapi, where answers are quoting from Skanda Purana, Kashi Khanda to give the details information about Jnanavapi. It says: Īśāna who was identical with Rudra ...
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What are symbols for worshipping Goddess Sarasvati, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Brahma of the trinity pantheon?

It is often said that when there was a feud/ struggle for Swarga between deisms (led by Lord Indra) and devils(led by Jalandhar) the deisms were unable to assassinate Jalandhar due to piousness of her ...
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How should one worship shivalinga at home

I wish to know about what material of shivling can one have at home. I have read that crystal and narmada shivling are best to be kept at home. At the same time, I have also read that mud shivling is ...
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Can I put Shivalinga in refrigerator to create Himalaya like conditions? Will Lord Shiva be pleased? [closed]

Can I put Shivalinga in refrigerator to create Himalaya like conditions? Will Lord Shiva be pleased? I got this random thought whilst reciting Shiva Chalisa...I want to do something different that ...
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Does Vishnu serve & worship Shiva only using the Agamas?

After Shiva's complete supremacy was established during the Fiery Linga incident shortly after creation, Shiva instructed Vishnu & Brahma to worship him using the Agamas and they obeyed well. From ...
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Can someone please list some Linga shaped mountains/hills? What are their stories?

To give an example, here are 2 Linga peaks - Kailash (which is associated as abode of Lord Shiva) and the birthplace of Hanumanji, Anjaneri How many more mountains and hills have this kind of shape ...
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What is the explanation for Devi bhagavatam 4:20:36?

What is the explanation and commentary (if any) that Sri Nilakantha Dikshita has provided for Devi Bhagavatam 4:20:36-37? Is the translation for the same available? [Devi bhagavatam 4:20:36-37] : O ...
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What's is the relative sacred body part name for Lord Brahma similar to Padmanabha and Shivalinga for Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva respectively?

I have noticed that the names denoting the sacred body part of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are Padmanabha and Shivalinga respectively. I am thinking "Head" is the sacred body part of Lord ...
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Different methods of doing Śivaliṅga Abhiṣekam?

What are different kinds and methods of Śivaliṅga Abhiṣekam? Several priests and jyotiṣika (astrologers) recommend doing abhiṣekam with water (जल ), milk (दुग्ध ), bhasman (भस्मन्), sugarcane ...
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The real story behind Baijnath and Gokarna

A similar story goes for two different cities. Baijnath and Gokarna. Which one is the correct one? If both of them are true, did Ravana carry Shivlinga twice?
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Why Maa Lakshmi says that neither Lord Brahma nor Lord Vishnu only Lord Shiva commands her to move from one place to another.?

According to Mahabharata.: “śrīruvāca na mā̃ virōcanō vēda nāyaṁ vairōcanō baliḥ. āhurmā̃ duḥsahētyēvaṁ vidhitsēti ca mā̃ viduḥ.|7 bhūtirlakṣmīti māmāhuḥ śrīrityēvaṁ ca vāsava. tvaṁ mā̃ śakra na ...
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4 of 12 Jyotirlinga are in Maharashtra ; please confirm?

Tryambakeshwar Bhimshankar Vaidyanath Ghrishneshwar Hello. am confused with some maps showing Vaidyanath to be located in Parli, Maharashtra and some in Deogarh, Jharkhand. Any literary proof to ...
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In Lingashtakam, does "Sanchit Paap" refer to "Sanchita Karma" or are these two separate concepts?

There is a verse in the Lingashtakam, कुङ्कुमचन्दनलेपितलिङ्गं पङ्कजहारसुशोभितलिङ्गम् । सञ्चितपापविनाशनलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥५॥ kuṅkuma chandana lēpita liṅgaṃ , paṅkaja hāra suśōbhita ...
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Is the worship of white Shivalinga forbidden at home?

I recently got myself a Shwet (white) Shivalinga. But I read somewhere on the Internet that worshipping of shwet shivalinga is only permissible at shamsaan and not at home. Is it true? If false is ...
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Commentaries for Shiva taking linga form from Shiva Maha Purana

Puranas of Sanatha dharma allows different types of interpretations. Some are historical, some are metaphorical, some are symbolical, some are allegorical, some are scientific facts including ...
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Why is Om believed as Pranav mantra? although humming sound Mmm.. in the AUM chant is the Pranav/moola mantra

Mmm, the humming sound of a bee, is the Pranava mantra. This is the sound of our Pranan or breathing. That's why it is called Pranava - the sound of breathing. Why is this fact not preached? Often ...
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Shiv Lingam Position

What is the correct orientation of a domestic Shiv Lingam? Where the Yoni should face? Any position is formally allowed or should be positioned for example facing North or South? In this case , can ...
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Were the Shiva and Lingam independent concepts prior to the emergence of Puranas?

I read somewhere that concept of lingam is absent in vedas and onle emerged with the advent of Puranas. Is there truth in it?
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Symbol on Shiva linga

lThere’s a triangle similar symbol on most of shiva Lingam’s. What does the symbol represent. Can anyone explain please?
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