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Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in a linga form?

This question can be answered into two aspects: 1) Why is Linga form worshipped ? 2) Why is Shiva primarily worshipped in Linga form ? 1) Why is Linga form worshipped ? Among the 18 major ...
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What are offerings to shivalinga and what are fruits of it?

The details of how to perform Shiva Linga Archana(including the details of mantras to be used etc) are briefed in the Lingaarchana chapter of LingaPurana: As Rishis asked Lomaharshana Maharshi as ...
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What are the three Shivalingas ( Itara, Bana and Swayambhu) mentioned in some Agama texts?

First of all, its quite obvious that here Lord Shiva is talking about three internal lingas that is located inside our body. But, as is well-known, as is our body so is the cosmos. So, these lingas ...
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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.?

Why Maa Lakshmi says that neither Lord Brahma nor Lord Vishnu only Lord Shiva commands her to move from one place to another.? This is the interpretation of mahapashupatastra blog for the below ...
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What is the story of Kasi Vishwanatha Jyotirlinga?

The Greatness of Kasi (Varanasi) and Kasi Vishwanatha Temple are described in many Puranas. Kasi is known as Avimukta Kshetra. Chapter 22 of Kotirudra Samhita of Shiva Purana describes the origin of ...
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What is the story of Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga?

Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva in Linga form during the Setubandha event and Lord Shiva established himself as Jyoti Swarupa there and that Linga became popular as Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga. ...
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What is the story of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga?

The stories of all jyotirlingas are described in KotiRudraSamhita of Shiva Mahapurana. Chapter 15 of same Samhita describes the story of Sri Mallikarjuna or Malleswara in detail. After going around ...
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How to determine whether a Banalinga is genuine or not?

I read in a spiritual book(Soota Sanhita,Veermitrodaya) that there are two ways to determine whether a Banalinga is original or not.In the first rule you place it in one of the plates of a torsion ...
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If Shiva Linga is worshiped in all yugas then what curse did Rishi Bhrigu give to Lord Shiva?

Firstly, Can anyone really Curse Lord Shiva? Do the sages who come for fractions of time in the Universe have power to curse the Lord Shiva? No, it isn't possible. When in a story we see that ...
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What is the significance of pouring milk on the Shivling?

Milk is used for Shiva-Linga Abhisekam beacuse it is one of the thing which can be used for Linga Abhisekam. For eg. Kamika Aagama (which is one of the 28 principle Shaiva Aagama) state: वर्णभूत शरा...
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What happens to Lord Shiva's trishul during dissolution of universe?

As described in answer here Kashi only survives Kalpantaka Pralaya: ब्रह्मणश्च दिने सा हि न विनश्यति निश्चितम्। तदा शिवस्त्रिशूलेन दधाति मुनयश्च ताम्।। २३ ।। Even after the completion of a ...
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What are the three Shivalingas ( Itara, Bana and Swayambhu) mentioned in some Agama texts?

These lingas do not actually mean the physical swayambhu and bAna lingas. There is an esoteric meaning to this in the tantric tradition with respect to Kundalini. The location of Swayambhu linga is ...
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Can I put Shivalinga in refrigerator to create Himalaya like conditions? Will Lord Shiva be pleased?

I can't speak anything regarding whether you should do it or not. It is the relation between devotee (you) and Lord. However after seeing your description of your question, I felt to write this answer....
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Can we keep Shiva Linga at home?

Yes. Shiva Linga can be kept in your house but you must follow some rules to keep Shiva Linga in your house, as we invited Shiva into Linga by doing Prana Pratista. Dr.Annadanam Chidambara Sastri ...
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Why don't we do complete 'Pradaxina' (Circumambulation) of Shivalingam?

The Shastras prescribe only a half pradkashina for Shiva.That is why we do not complete the pradakshina. For the Pancha Devata Deities the rules(for pradakshina ) are as follows: Eka Chandaya ...
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What are some Stories of Lord Shiva which show tremendous Love of him to his devotees?

There are many stories where Lord Shiva shows immense love to His devotees. 1. Story of Kubera: Just after creation, Kubera prayed to Lord Visveswara in holy city of Kasi. Shiva himself moved to ...
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What is the story of Somanath Jyotirlinga?

Somnatha Jyotirlinga is first of the Jyotirlingas on Earth (Bhooloka). Story of Somesvara is described in detail in both Shiva Mahapurana and Skanda Maha Purana. This is how Chapter 14 of RudraSamhita ...
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What is the story of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga?

The following are the two stories about Mahakaleswara told in the Koti Rudra Samhita of Siva Maha Purana taken from here. Origin of Mahakaleshwar Linga Summary: A Brahmin named Vedapriya, who was ...
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What is the story of Ghushmeshwara Jyotirlinga?

The story of Ghušamesvara,the twelfth Jyotirlińga is described in detail in Chapter 32 and 33 of Koti Rudra Samhita of Shiva Mahapurana. In Northern region near Devagiri hill, there lived a Brahmana ...
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What is the story of Kedarnath Jyotirlinga?

Nara-Narayana were two prominent sages, who were sons of Yama and previous births of Arjuna and Krishna respectively. They lived in Badrikashrama and they were known for their fight with ...
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"Akasam Lingamityahu..." which Purana is the source of this verse?

The verse is from Skanda Purāṇam. The Śabda Kalpa Drumaḥ states that the verse from Skanda Purāṇam though the particular khaṇḍa or samhita is not stated. लिङ्गव्युत्पत्तिर्यथा, -- “आकाशं लिङ्गमित्या...
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Can we wear Banalinga as pendant around our neck?

In Tamil Shaivism and Kamika Agama (according to the Tevaram, Nampi Arurar), the Bana Linga is classified as Acala Linga (i.e., Lingas that should not be moved, thence, not wearable): The Lingas are ...
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What is the difference between red-blue rudra and the karpur gauram shankar rudra?

There are infinite Rudras. In the 11th Anuvaka of Sri Rudram too we find: नमो रुद्रेभ्यो ये पृथिव्यां येऽन्तरिक्षे ये दिवि येषामन्नं वातो वर्षमिषवस्तेभ्यो दश प्राचीर्दश दक्षिणा दश प्रतीचीर्दशोदीची...
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What are the salient features of Rameswaram Shivalinga mentioned in Ramacharitmanas?

Here is how Ramcharitmanas Describes establishment of Shiva Linga by Lord Rama. The Lanka Kanda 1st Dohas Chaupai mentions: सैल बिसाल आनि कपि देहीं। कंदुक इव नल नील ते लेहीं।। देखि सेतु अति ...
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What is the story of Trayambakeshwara Jyotirlinga?

Triyamabakeswara Jyotirlinga is related to origin of River Godavari, Rishi Gautama and Ganga River. Shiva Linga here has faces of 3 Gods of Hindu Trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara and thus Shiva ...
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Is Shiva lingam mentioned in Vedas?

Lingam-Yoni symbol was probably adopted by the Saivites later than the Vedas. The philosophy is same as that of Vedanta. Why is Shiva worshipped as a Lingam? The answer is that the Saivites use the ...
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Shiv Lingam Position

From the Kamika agama purva pada part one, chapter 4 discusses one of these aspects Verse 17: The west facing linga is considered to be superior. If it is not available, east facing linga may be used ...
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4 of 12 Jyotirlinga are in Maharashtra ; please confirm?

Vaidyanātha Jyōtirliṅga Chapter 1 of the Koṭirudra Saṃhitā of the Shiva Purana places the Linga in a cremation ground or citābhūmi (and alternatively at a place called parali): वैद्यनाथं चिताभूमौ - ...
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Can someone please list some Linga shaped mountains/hills? What are their stories?

There is a peak in Himalaya mountain region of India which is called as Shivling (mountain). Shivling is a mountain at tapovan in the Gangotri Group of peaks in the western Garhwal Himalaya, near the ...
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