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Shiva Linga and Worship
  Shivling or Shiva lingam connects a devotee with the Supreme Being – Lord Shiva. The lingam is the symbol of Lord Shiva and the lingam puja helps the devotee in understanding Lord Shiva. The Lord cannot be described but still we say he is without a beginning and an end and is without a form. It is difficult for a devotee to understand this formless nature. Therefore Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga before Brahma and Vishnu. The Lingam thus is a symbol of Lord Shiva. Each Lingam puja, step by step, takes the devotee to the eternal truth – that he/she is part of the Supreme Being.

Worshipping Shivling at Home

Before starting the Puja, the devotee takes a bath and wear freshly washed clothes.

Smearing ash (bhasma): The devotee worshipping Lord Shiva should smear holy ash on his forehead in three horizontal stripes – Tripundra. The stripes symbolize Absolute Knowledge, Purity and Penance (Yogasadhana).

Wearing rudraksha: The devotee should wear a rudraksha beads’ mala while worshipping Lord Shiva.  The rudraksha converts the divine light frequencies into the sound frequencies in the human body and vice versa. Hence, it facilitates the absorption of divine frequencies and transformation of one’s thoughts into divine language, so as to reach one’s divine Principle of worship.

Rudraksha absorbs sattvik frequencies and emits similar frequencies from its mounds. When a genuine rudraksha is held in the hand, its vibrations can be felt in the fingers. At that time, the body is absorbing the sattvik frequencies emitted by the rudraksha.

Hymns praising Lord Shiva or the mantra ‘om namaha shivayaa’ are repeated throughout the puja .

First it is the panchamrit abhishek – the libation of five holy liquids over the lingam. The libation  can consist of any five of the following – water from river Ganga, honey, sugarcane juice, milk, yogurt, ghee, seawater, coconut water or milk, fragrant oils, rose water or other precious liquids. Usually, only milk of cow is used. While pouring the liquid, om namah shivaya is uttered. Some devotees utter the Lord’s name 108 times and some 1008 times. There is no fixed rule.

After the panchamrit abhishek, the lingam is cleaned with water from Ganga. (This is might not be possible always so just normal water.) After this the lingam is smeared with sandalwood paste and is decked with flowers. Water and sandalwood paste is used to keep the lingam cool, as Lord Shiva is always in a highly inflammable state. In some Shiva temples, cooling liquid constantly drops from pot hung above the Lingam.

Bel leaf is offered to Linga.  It is kept on the pindi with its back facing upwards and the stalk pointing toward the worshipper. The intention is to draw the combined energy from these three leaf petals towards oneself, leading to the reduction of one’s trigunas.

Next, sweets, coconut and fruits are offered to the Lord. Camphor and incense are lit and ‘arati’ is conducted.

Finally, ringing of bells or blowing of conch indicates the end of Puja. White ash (vibhuti) is rubbed on the forehead and it is also distributed. Fruits, sweets and coconut are distributed as ‘prasad.’

Message number: 14571, 17 March 2007
Lingayatism or Veerashaivism

Ishtalinga Information

Lingayatism or Veerashaivism is a name given to social reformation to
deprive social classes of prejudices and superstitions . The
adherents of this social spiritual formation much above than a meagre
religion are known as Lingayats or Veerashaivas. The term is derived
from Lingavantha in Kannada. There is still a debate to include this
as a religion or not as it represents a whole new social reformation
attributed to Basavanna and others in the 12th century. Since it
originated in India and the literary works had mentions of Sanathana
Dharma (or the Hindu) it is popularly considered a sect of Hinduism.



The Lingayats make it a point to wear the Ishtalinga at all times.
The Istalinga is made up of light gray slate stone coated with fine
durable thick black paste of cow dung ashes mixed with some suitable
oil to withstand wear and tear. Sometime it is made up of ashes mixed
with clarified butter. The coating is called Kanti (covering). Though
the Ishtalinga is sometimes likened to be a miniature or an image of
the Sthavaralinga, it is not so. The Ishtalinga on the contrary is
considered to be Lord Shiva himself and its worship is described as

Thus, for the Lingayats it is an amorphous representation of God.
Lingayat thus means the wearer of this Linga as Ishta Linga. Here the
word Ishta is a Sanskrit term meaning 'adored' or 'desired'. Unlike
Advaitins however, Lingayats do not treat the Ishtalinga as merely a
representation of God to aid in realising God but worship the
Ishtalinga itself as God. Lingayats do not partake non-vegetarian
food like most brahmins.

Shiva Linga from Narmada

The smooth, round pebbles stones found in Narmada river are called “Bana Lingas or Narmada Shiva Linga”.

Narmadeshwar Shiva Lingams are found only in one place on the entire planet, the Narmada River. They have the highest frequency of any stone on the planet! Read more

Shivling Abhishek

Place the Shivaling along with three Rudrakshas under the Abhishek Pot. Take flowers in both hands and offer them on the Shivaling chanting thus- 

Hastaabhyaam Kalashadwayaamrit Rasei-raaplaavayantam Shiro, Dwaabhyaam Tou Dadhatam Mrigaashavalaye Dwaabhyaam Vahantam Param. Ankanyast-kar-dwayaamritghatam Kailaash-kaantam Shivam, Swachhaambhojagatam. Navendumukutam Devam Trinetram Bhaje. 

i.e. I pray to Lord Mahamrityunjaya Shiva who holds two pots of divine elixir in his two hands, who sits on the Kailash mountain on a lotus flower and who has a moon ornamenting his forehead. 

Take water in the right palm and chant thus – 

Asya Shree Trayambak Mantrasya Vashishtth Rishih Anushtup Chhandah Trayambak Paarvati Patirdevataa Tram Beejam, Bam Shakti, Kam Keelakam, Mam Sarva Rog Nivritaye Sarva Kaarya Siddhaye Akaal Mrityu Nivritaye Mahaamrityunjaya Trayambak Mantra Jape Viniyogah. 

Then let the water flow on to the ground.

Puja for Shiva Lingam

While chanting “Om Namah Shivaya” or singing the “Maha Mrityunjaya mantra”, wash first the lingam in the bowl containing the clean water. After a through bath, wipe dry with a soft tissue. Follow this with milk and then with rose water. After the final bath, install it in a place of worship with full love and devotion. Apply “Vibuthi”, sandal paste and then “saffron”. After that offer the incense/Dhoop of Googal. Bilva leaf will compliment the lingam along with flowers. 

Rudram chanting pleases Lord Shiva which is either recited or played during the Abhisheka (Divine Bathing). Sanskrit mantras are coined in such a way that they are shelled with divine vibrations and it certainly heals the environment & atmosphere. The above process is the Puja and if done with a pure heart and consciousness and true aspiration, the Lord will certainly accept it.

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Linga and its significance
  Linga Represents The Formless Siva

Siva-Linga speaks to you in unmistakable language of silence: “I am one without a second. I am formless.” Pure, pious souls only can understand this language. A curious, passionate, impure foreigner of little understanding or intelligence says sarcastically: “Oh! The Hindus worship the phallus or sex-organ. They are ignorant people. They have no philosophy.” When a foreigner tries to learn the Tamil or Hindi language, he first tries to pick up some vulgar words. This is his curiosity-nature. Even so, the curious foreigner tries to find out some defect in the worship of symbols. Linga is only the outward symbol of the formless being, Lord Siva, who is the indivisible, all-pervading, eternal, auspicious, ever-pure, immortal essence of this vast universe, who is the undying soul seated in the chambers of your heart, who is your Indweller, innermost Self or Atman and who is identical with the Supreme Brahman.

Sphatikalinga—A Symbol Of The Nirguna Brahman

Sphatikalinga is also a symbol of Lord Siva. This is prescribed for Aradhana  or worship of Lord Siva. It is made up of quartz. It has no colour of its own, but takes on the colour of the substances which come in contact with it. It represents the Nirguna Brahman or the attribute-less Supreme Self, or the formless and attributeless Siva.

The Mystic Shakti In The Block Of Stone

For a sincere devotee, the Linga is not a block of stone. It is all radiant Tejas (energy) or Chaitanya (consciousness). The Linga talks to him, makes him shed profuse tears, produces horripilation and melting of heart, raises him above body-consciousness, and helps to commune with the Lord and attain Nirvikalpa Samadhi. Lord Rama worshipped the Siva-Linga at Ramesvar. Ravana, a learned scholar, worshipped the golden Linga. What a lot of mystic Shakti there should be in the Linga!May you all attain the formless Siva through the worship of the Linga, the symbol of Lord Siva which helps concentration of mind and which serves as a prop for the mind to lean upon, in the beginning, for the neophytes.

The Shivalingam denotes the primeval energy of the Creator.It is believed that at the end of all creation, during the great deluge, all of the different aspects of God find a resting place in the Lingam; Brahma is absorbed into the right, Vishnu to the left and Gayatri into the heart. The Shivalingam is also a representation of the infinite Cosmic Column of fire, whose origins, Vishnu and Brahma were unable to trace.

Legend has it that Parvati fashioned a Shivalingam with a fistful of sand at Kanchipuram and worshipped Shiva; this lingam is known as the Prithvilingam, denoting the primordial element earth. Shivalingams in several temples are swayambus, or that which appeared on their own, or that which is untouched by a chisel. On the other hand, there are temples where the Shivalingam is carved out of stone and installed. The highly polished Shivalingams of the Pallava period bear several stripes, as in the Kailasanatha temple at Kanchipuram.

The bottom of the pedestal [named Avudaiyar in Tamil] represents Brahma, the octogonal middle represents Vishnu and the upper circular portion represents Shiva. The upper portion of the Shivalingam may be of various shapes, cylindrical, elliptical, umbrella shaped. Images may also be (rarely) carved on a Shivalingam.

Nandi, the bull is depicted facing the sanctum in all Saivite temples, symbolizing the human soul Jeevatma yearning for realizing its oneness with Paramatma, the ultimate reality.

The stones are made of crypto crystalline quartz and legend has it that they formed when a meteorite fell to earth several million years ago. The natural movement of the river is believed to help create the egg or oval shape of the stones. They’re only gathered on one day each year and are hand polished to give them a smooth and gleaming surface.

Shiva Lingam’s are said to have one of the highest frequency vibration rates of all the stones on earth. As such, the vibration is said to be perfect for purification purposes, whether at home, work or in an area of sacred space.

The Story about the Bana Lingams


There is a story narrated in Aparajita-pariprchchha (205, 1-26) about the origin of the bana-lingas and their association with the Narmada river. Siva wanted to destroy the ‘tri-pura’, which had been obtained as a boon by the arrogant demon Banasura, and he let go a fiery dart from his great bow ‘pinaka’. The dart broke the three ‘puras’ into tiny bits, which fell on three spots: 1, on the hills in Sri-kshetra (of unknown identity), 2, on the peaks of Amarakantaka in the Vindhya ranges, and 3, on the banks of the holy  river Narmada. The bits that fell in these places soon multiplied into crores,. each bit becoming a linga. As they formed part of the possession of Banasura, they were called Bana-Lingas. Amarakantaka, the peak in Madhya Pradesh, is in close proximity to the source of the river Narmada, which according to the puranas, originated in the Vindhya mountains and flowed in the Kalinga country. Padma-purana says that there are along this river as many as sixty crore and sixty thousand holy ghats, all of which are associated with bana-lingas and raudra-lingas.

Linga Purana underlines that prakriti is a source of the manifestation of the linga. It explains that of the Trinity, Brahma represents the seed or bija, Vishnu the receptacle or yoni and Rudra the seedless or nirbija (from which the seed has emerged without a cause), but is the cause of the Universe ( bija). Thus the personal forms of deities belong to the realm of the linga. Above the linga and the alinga and all the manifest forms, Siva is the ultimate.Sankhya philosophy states that the linga signifies both prakriti and vikriti According to the various Puranas and the Saivagams, the linga symbolises the Supreme Being which stands for god himself and is the seat of entire creation and its dissolution.

According to the Linga Purana, lingas are made of different materials. It is believed that they were made by Viswakarma and offered to many gods. However, the six main kinds of lingas are those made of stone or rock or the sailaja linga, those made from jewels or the ratnaja linga, ones made from metal or dhatuja, made of wood or the daruja linga, the mntika linga made of clay and finally the ksanika linga which is made on the spot from any material. Each of these six kinds are further subdivided and when all are calculated the total amounts to forty-four types of lingas.

Worship of different types of lingas yields different results. The ratnaja linga yields prosperity and gives glory, the sailaja linga the achievement of perfection, sarvasiddhi.  The dhatuja linga helps to accumulate wealth, the daruja linga yields enjoyment, while the lingas made from earth help in acquiring all perfection.

The linga thus symbolises transcendental power which is identified as Brahman, and is the centre of Saivite philosophy. Siva is represented in beautifully sculptured forms as well as by the symbolic linga. The linga thus has many dimensions and interpretations. Yet it remains a unique spiritual symbol which does not restrict itself to any one religious order, but is a part of the Hindu way of life.

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