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I am giving an additional account. The linga form of worship is the symbolic worship of Lord Shiva. As per Puranas like Brahmanda purana, Linga Purana, in the very beginning Shiva appeared to Brahma and Vishnu in the form of a bright splendor column of light whose beginning and end they both could not find out. So the linga form of Shiva also signifies the ...


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First of all the real name is not Shiva Linga, The real name is Jyotirlingam. It is a form of Jyoti. Jyoti is a fire, whose shape is exactly the shape of lingam. Question is why lingam for only shiva? "Shiva appeared in jyotirlingam form to solve dispute of Brahma and Vishnu" so for shiva, jyotirlingam is not full truth. We need to put focus more on ...


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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 Mahapuranas one of the Purana is named Linga Purana, thus glorifying the status of Linga. Linga is worshipped because Linga contains everything of this world. In ...


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In Verse 19 of Yuddha Kanda - Book Of War, Chapter [Sarga] 123, Valmiki Ramayana, Lord Rama himself says that he worshiped Mahadeva. एतत् कुक्षौ समुद्रस्य स्कन्धावारनिवेशनम् || ६-१२३-१९ अत्र पूर्वं महादेवः प्रसादमकरोत्प्रभुः | "See this island, located in the middle of the ocean, where my troops were stationed. At this place, the lord Shiva (the ...


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The Best definition of Lord Rudra is given by Lord Krishna himself in Harivamsha Parva [2.74 section] of Mahabharata: रुद्रो देव त्वं रुदनाद् रावणाञ्च रोरुयमाणो द्रावणाच्चवातिदेवः । Lord Rudra, You are the one who cry, who makes other cry and who removes the cry of Samsara (misery of Samsara). Rudra who cries: Rudra takes birth as son of Lord ...


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This excerpt from the Uttara Kanda of the Padma Purana recounts the story of how Shiva worship came to be restricted to the linga. A group of sages were once conducting a yagna (ritual) on the banks of the Saraswati river, when they started to wonder which god to dedicate the ritual to. So they sent sage Bhrigu (famous for his short temper) to test which ...


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There's a subtle difference between Shiva and Shankara or Rudra. Shiva is Supreme Purusha while Shankara aka Rudra is human manifestation of Supreme Purusha Shiva. Shankara or Rudra is generally depicted as wearing snake over his neck with a trident in his hand. Supreme Purusha Shiva, as formless, is generally worshipped in Linga form. This answer explains ...


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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 city of Kasi and Lord Vishwanatha in detail. During creation, Nirguna Brahman got split into a Purusha and Prakriti (Saguna form as Shiva-Shakti; ...


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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 to the Procedure of Lingaarchana or Worship the Shiva Linga, the Maharshi stated that once Devi Parvati also inquired of the same and Shiva Himself revealed ...


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I will try to answer the question what exactly Shiva Linga means. Hopefully this will answer your question as well. I am copy-pasting from a blog I wrote about Shiva Linga- Shiva Linga means “Shiva’s Symbol”. Here Shiva refers to Para-Brahman. Adi Shankara defines the word Shiva as “the very nature of Chit & Anand”. Hence, Shiva refers to Para-Brahman, ...


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From shivmandirsarthali.com: (emphasis mine) Abhishek is a Sanskrit term denoting a devotional activity of giving Holy bath to a deity. It literally means “to cleanse.” Before starting the ritual, a devotee washes his hands and pours water over the Ling. However, this practice is not to cleanse the Ling, as God doesn’t need any cleansing. He is the purest—...


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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 balance and in the other place equivalent amount of uncooked rice and balance it after 5 minute and repeat for 7 times.If you feel Shivling is heavier than rice or ...


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Answer to your question is - Yes, we can drink the Abhisekha water which is also called the "Charanamrit". There is a chapter in the Narada Purana which describes the Deva Puja Vidhi, Matrika Nysasa Vidhi etc in details. Quoting from the above page: Deva Puja vidhi: Maharshi Sanat Kumara then described to Brahmarshi Narada the procedure of worship. ...


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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 the earth, Kartikeya reaches Kaliasa and Narada communicates him about the marriage of Ganesha. Kartikeya knowing this leaves Kailasa and goes to Krauncha ...


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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 gives some instructions one must follow to keep Shiva Linga at home. This video is part of Telugu Program called Dharma Sandhehalu which is aired on Bhakti TV. ...


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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 someone curses Shiva and Shiva suffers from it, it is not that Shiva suffers because of effect of that curse, it's because Shiva wishes to do so. Tapa Shakti ...


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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 शरावैस्तु वज्राद्यैर्गोमयोद्भवैः| पैष्टिकैर्वा सुरचितैः राजिका लवणेन च|| ४०६ कोष्णाम्बुभिर्गन्धतोयैः कषायैरभिषेचयेत्| पयोधति घृतक्षौद्र शर्कराद्यैः ...


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Lord Shiva is very fond of Abhishek. To make a continuous abhishek on the Shiv Ling, they put a copper pot which a very small hole at the bottom. This way water's abhishek runs for long period of time. Some people also put milk init. Majority of Shivling worshipped in temples and sacred places have pots hanging on top of the Shivling. A hole is made on the ...


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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. Rameshwaram is one of the popular pilgrimage site and it is one of the Char-Dham. Rameshwara Jyotirlinga is described in several Puranas like Shiva Purana, Brahmanda ...


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Yes, there is truth value in what they said. The linga from of Shiva denotes the unborn supreme Brahman. The origin of linga has been described in Shiva Purana, Linga Purana, etc. The linga denotes a column of fire that extends infinitely from top to bottom without a middle: etasminnantare liṃgamabhavaccāvayoḥ puraḥ vivādaśamanārthaṃ hi prabodhārthaṃ ca ...


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As far as I know the this Taj Mahal as Shiva temple theory was propagated by a self taught, self proclaimed historian P N Oak. I am not discarding his theory because he did not have proper training but his evidence and logic does seem to be pretty shaky. I will not go into specific details on this answer but Indologist Dr. Koenraad Elst has deconstructed ...


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A tortoise in front of lord Shiva's idol symbolically signifies two reasons :- As we know that when you try to touch or harm a tortoise, it will take his legs and head inside his shell, hence this signifies that even humans should withdraw all his senses from our material world, which in Hindi we say Moh-Maya nahi rakhni chahiye. Its the way that tortoise ...


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Etymology of Linga Before entering into an explanation of Shiva Linga, I have to say a few words on the meaning of the word Linga. Linga is derived from the Sanskrit root Lika which means to sculpt or to paint, and Linga means one that sculptures or paints. God being the Sculptor of the Universe, He is known as Linga, and this word has become ...


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The story of Mahabali's previous birth is told in this excerpt from the Kedara Kanda of the Skanda Purana. It describes a gambler who has been a really big sinner all his life. One day he is taking some flowers, betel leaves, and sandal paste to pay a prostitute, when he is accosted by robbers who take all his possessions including his clothes, so all he ...


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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 of Shiva Purana describes the story. Daksha's 27 daughters were married to Soma, the moon God. But Moon God always loved Rohini more compared to other wives. ...


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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 Sahasrakavacha. These sages did Tapasya for Lord Shiva daily and Shiva used to come here as Parthiva Linga pleased by their blessings. He stayed there as Kedarnatha ...


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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 of Bharadwaja clan named Sudhrama. He was well proficient in Vedas and Dharma. He had a wife called Sudeha who was chaste and devoted to Lord Shiva. Though she ...


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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 Himalayas (Kailasa) in human form as Shankara or Rudra to stay close to his devotee. Chapter 19 Rudra Samhita (Sristi Khanda) of Shiva Purana says यक्षाणां कि...


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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 divine day of Brahmā, the city of Kāšî does not get destroyed. O Sages, at that point of time, Siva holds it over the tip of his trident. पुनश्च ब्रह्मणा ...


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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 at the muladhara chakra of the astral body. bAna linga is believed to be located at the region of anAhata chakra. Itara linga is located at the ajna chakra ...


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