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A Shiva linga (Caturmulhalinga) , Bihar, North-Eastern India, 4th-10th century CE. Made with ReMake and ReCap pro from AutoDesk.

The phallus (linga) with the four (catur) faces (mukha) is a symbol of the god Shiva.

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The Real Meaning of the Shiva's Linga Symbol

The Shiva Linga or Lingam is a symbol that represents Lord Shiva in Hinduism. As the most powerful of deities, temples are built in his honor that includes a Shiva Linga, representing all the energies of the world and beyond.

The popular belief is that the Shiva Linga represents the phallus, the emblem of the generative power in nature. According to followers of Hinduism, their teachers have taught that this is not only a mistake, but also a grave blunder. Such a stance, for example, can be found in the teachings of Swami Sivananda,

In addition to the Hindu tradition, the Shiva Linga has been adopted by a number of metaphysical disciplines. In this case, it refers to a particular stone from an Indian river that is believed to have healing powers for the mind, body, and soul.

To understand these dual uses for the words Shiva Linga, let's approach them one at a time and begin with the origin. They are completely different but connected in their underlying meaning and connection to Lord Shiva.


History Of Shiva Linga

Shiva Linga is the holy symbol of Lord Shiva that is considered sacred by the devotees of Lord Shiva. The word, ‘Lingum’ in Sanskrit means, ‘Penis’. Shiva Lingum, therefore means Penis of Lord Shiva and is therefore considered most sacred by Shaivaites specially hindu womans (Nari). Siva Linga has been worshipped in Hinduism since ages for physical desires specially for adultery. Worship of Shiva Linga is regarded sacred and superior Shiva Mahapurana says Shiva has thrown his linga “Penis” to satisfy hindu womens but if a homosexual person has desire to sit on it can enjoy in shiva temples (mandir). This is because the form makes worship simple while maintaining the truth the devotees are struggling to see shiva linga due to huge size of its users.

Structure of Shiva Linga
Most prevalent icon of Shiva and virtually found in all Shiva temples, Shiva Linga is a rounded, elliptical, an-iconic image of huge penis that is usually set on a circular base or peetham. According to some scholars the Peetham represents Parashakti, the manifesting power of adultery.

Shiva Lingas are usually made of stone that may either be carved or naturally existing – svayambhu, such as shaped by a swift-flowing river. Shiva Lingas may also be made of metal, precious gems, crystal, wood, earth or transitory materials such as ice. Some scholars say that transitory Shiva Linga may be made of 12 different materials such as sand, rice, cooked food, river clay, cow dung, butter, rudraksha seeds, ashes, sandalwood, darbha grass, a flower garland or molasses, but due sexual desires of hindu ladies the demand is only stone and steel.

Various Interpretation of Shiva Linga
Besides regarding Shiva Linga or shiv penis as the symbol and form of Lord Shiva, religious scholars have given various interpretations of Shiva Linga. Here is the brief description of some of the popular theories and interpretations related to Shiva Linga and its origin:

Worship of the Phallus (the male reproductive organ)
According to some scholars, worship of Shiva Linga “Dildo” in effect means worship of the reproduction function. For, they say that the other meaning of the Sanskrit word ‘Linga’ is gender in general and phallus (the male reproductive organ) in particular. They believe that the base of the Lingam corresponds to the Yoni which mean vagina or the female reproductive organ. Correspondence of Linga and Yoni in a Shiva Linga is therefore interpreted as the representation of the process of copulation. Scholars further opine that the Kalash (container of water) that is suspended over the Shiva Linga from which water drips over the Linga also correspond to the idea of intercourse.

Connecting the origin of Shiva Linga to the early Indus Valley civilization, scholars opine that tribes of the Indus Valley took to the togetherness of Lingam and Yoni in a Shiva Linga as the point of energy, creation and enlightenment.

Interpretation in Tantra
According to Tantra, Lingam is a symbol of Shiva’s phallus in spiritual form. They say, the lingam contains the soul-seed within which lies the essence of the entire cosmos. The lingam arises out of the base (Yoni) which represents Parvati according to some or Vishnu, Brahma in female and neuter form according to others.

Interpretation in Puranas
Puranas, especially the Vamana Purana, Shiva Purana, Linga Purana, Skanda Purana, Matsya Purana and Visva-Sara-Prakasha attribute the origin of Shiva Linga to the curse of sages leading to the separation of and installation of the phallus of Lord Shiva on earth. Some also refer to the endlessness of the lingam to be linked to the egos of Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. Other scholars view on this point is different as due to Parwathi loose character shiva has cut his linga and thrown it as he saw Parwathi having sex with a elephant which result Lord Ganesha can be seen now days being thrown in Gatars and nala.


The other variations on the use of Lingam for Shiva worship

Apart from the above story in the Puranas, there are other variations on the origin of this symbol of Lord Shiva, some of which ascribe a complex and intellectual origin to it.

For example, when Shiva is visualized as the intangible primordial Creative Power, the lingam is said to be his representation which can be worshipped by his followers, who require a tangible object to focus their prayers on.

This stream of thought however does not deny the phallic connotations of the lingam. Its literal meaning as a distinguishing mark links these two interpretations. Consider a newborn male child. What is the sign which distinguishes its sex?

Thus, the phallus is the lingam, the symbol of Shiva’s manhood, and of which the human organ is just a microcosmic reflection.

Another legend describes why the lingam is believed to be one of the most potent emblems in Hindu ideals. It all started with Lord Brahma and Vishnu, who were debating over their relative supremacy.

Their arguments were interrupted by a superluminous glow from a strange and blazing pillar, its shape was similar to the lingam. Both of them sped towards this indescribable bright light, which grew before their eyes into infinity, piercing the earth and extending through the heavens.

Overwhelmed and shocked by the mysterious vision, the two gods decided to seek the beginning and end of this burning immensity.

Brahma took the form of a swan flew upwards, and Vishnu dove down acquiring the shape of a boar. Both of the gods, however, could not understand the extent of this fiery column at either end and returned exhausted and confused.

At that moment, the central part of the pillar split open and Shiva revealed himself in his full glory. Overawed, both Brahma and Vishnu bowed before him. Thunderous laughter, or the sound of AUM, issued from the pillar, filling the sky.

It now became clear that the glowing, flaming lingam was a pillar of fire, connecting heaven and earth. It had no end and no beginning, but it had direction, upwards, as does the earthly fire.

In metaphysical terms, it was (is), the vertical axis that both holds apart and joins heaven and earth, dividing and uniting them at the same time, an apt symbol of cosmic integrity. Like the Tree of Life, it is both the foundation and support that ensures equilibrium between heaven and earth.

In Vedic hymns, Rudra (an epithet for Shiva) is identified with Agni, who in these sacred texts is deified as the carrier of the sacrificial offerings to the gods for whom they are intended. Hence, Agni is the mediator between men and gods, and acts as a metaphysical bridge between the two, just like the cosmic lingam.

An appropriate observation here is that every creative process is accompanied by the generation of heat. In that context, the sexual act is nothing but the offering of the seed of life into the sacred fire of love.

Hence, Agni, the God of Fire, is eminently suited as a metaphoric emblem of the Tejas (creative heat) of Shiva, both metaphysically and physically.

In this setting, it is interesting to note that in temples where the linga is worshipped, there is often a conical pot, kept hanging over it.

At the bottom of this vessel is a small hole, from which water drips continuously. The idea is to cool the ‘fiery’ lingam. In the shrine, Shiva is eternally in the embrace of the goddess.

By entering the sacred enclosure we are, in a sense, interrupting his amours. Thus water is poured to stifle the hotheaded god’s temper. Shiva is Bhairava (quick-tempered), but he is also Ashutosh (One who calms down quickly). Indeed, a devotee needs to calm his god before asking for favors.


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Kaaba has nothing to do with Hinduism.

Vikramadithya's Empire extended up-to Arabia. He built a Shiva temple there.

IN Sayar-Ul-Okul page No. 315, the author praised Vikramadithya.

Gold dish of King Vikramadithya found inside Kaaba

In the west the other bank of the Sindhu River in the South the Setu Badarinarayana in the Himalayas formed the North limit and the city of Kapilavastu, the boundary in the East. These were the limits of Vikramaditya's Empire.

2.There is no such thing called Sayar-Ul-Okul. It is a lie made by P.N.Oak. If this is available, the PDF of Sayar-Ul-Okul can be found online.

3.No inscriptions of Vikramadithya found in Kaaba.

It was circulated by pagans because they believed that all planetary deities(7) revolving around the Earth.Muslims would say like it was circulated by Abraham.

Cheraman Perumal was a saivite Saint, he was one among 63 Nayanmars. He lived in late 8th century and early 9th century, who couldn't meet founder of Islam

Kabaleeswarar Temple was built in 7th century AD. But the name Kaaba was given to it much before 7th century AD.

They not only worshiped Allat, Aluzza and Manat, they worshiped them along with other many deities.

Denying everything P.N. Oak said with proof is rediculous . there are sanskrit inscriptions n Kaaba still present . The depression in a Mosque is in the shape of a perfect Linga - only its concave & linga's convex. Revolving enmass produce -ve energy whereas in temples it is clockwise . The Prophet's Uncle was a Idol carver & Muhammed worked & traded under him . when he was shunted out of Medina , his target was to conquer Mecca with a reciprocating religion . The rituals inside the kaaba's certainly in vedic style . Hence there's truth and connection between the Kaaba & Shiva linga

Indologist Koenraad Elst clarifies this in his blog:

The incurable Hindu fondness for PN Oak

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010

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As for the Kaaba being a Shiva temple, this is untrue but it has a serious kernel of truth. Typologically it was of course Pagan “idol” temple. Muslims recognized Hinduism as essentially the same kind of idol-worship as the native Arab religion. The Kaaba’s presiding deity was the moon-god Hubal, similar to Shiva in that the latter is depicted as carrying the moon on his head. His three goddesses Al-Lat, Uzza and Manat, were believed by the Muslims to have taken refuge in the Somnath (Shiva) temple on the Gujarat coast. This is the reason why more than any other, that particular Hindu temple was singled out for destruction upon destruction.

Paganism has thrown up similar deities in widely separated parts of the globe. The Arabs could easily think up a moon god and a triple goddess without ever having heard of Shiva and his Parvati, Durga and Kali. And if at all there was a Hindu influence at work here, it can easily be explained through the well-attested trade contacts rather than through a fairy-tale of King Vikram.

A more in-depth analysis of this topic can be found in Sita Ram Goel's Hindu Temples: What Happened to Them? (Vol. 2) where the author concludes by saying:

There is no evidence as yet that the pre-Islamic Arabs were Hindus, or bore Hindu names, or knew the Atharvaveda, or were guided by Brahmanas. The Janam Sākhī seems to have preserved the Hindu refugee version of what happened in Arabia after the advent of Islam. It is on record in Muslim histories that Hindus resident in lands invaded by Islam had to run for their lives. The same thing had happened in the Roman Empire after it was taken over by Christianity.

The common people everywhere are prone to interpret events in the language of their own culture. It may be that by the time the story reached Guru Nanak, or perhaps much earlier, the Kaaba had become a Shiva temple in the eyes of Hindus, and the principal idol there a Shiva-linga. The pagan priests who presided in the Kaaba became Brahmanas, and the Quran a perversion of the Atharvaveda. What is quite obvious is that the Hindus, resident or present, in Arabia did not relish the revolution that had upturned Arabia's ancient religion, and imposed a new belief-system by means of brute force. The image of the Prophet and his followers formed by Hindus at that time was more than confirmed by their subsequent experience of Islam in their own homeland. They had no reason to revise the story which has persisted till today, in spite of the herculean efforts made by a whole state apparatus to proclaim the Prophet as 'a great religious teacher', and to whitewash Islam into 'a noble faith'. In any case, the subject needs serious investigation by scholars in the field.


Incredible Shiva Lingas Carvings Emerge from the Shalmala River as Dry Weather Lowers the Water

Dry weather has caused a drop in the level of the Shalmala River in Karnataka State, India, revealing thousands of carvings in the rock bed of male and female sexual symbols – linga and yoni – and of Nandi, the Hindu God Shiva’s bull mount.

The place is called Sahasralinga, which means “thousand Shiva lingas” as around this many linga are carved on rocks in and around the river. On Shiva’s feast day, Mahastrashivaratri, thousands of his worshipers visit the site to worship him.

“During Shivratri, thousands of pilgrims visit this place [in Karnataka] and offer pujas, a perfect time when the water level in the river is low and most of the Lingas are visible with their bases called Yonis,” says the website Sott.net . “Each Linga also has an individual bull carved facing towards them. No one really knows when or who carved these Lingas but it is speculated that the King of Sirsi, Sadashivaraya, may have ordered their construction during his reign from 1678 to 1718.”

One myth says Shiva's phallus was so gargantuan, even Brahma flying up and Vishnu flying down could not find the limits of it. The story is mentioned in three Puranas, or holy texts of Hinduism, including the Shiva Purana.

Along the river Shalmala in Karnataka thousands of beautiful carvings of yonis, lingas and Nandi are exposed when water levels drop. (Photo by Unique.creator/ Wikimedia Commons )

“According to Puranas, once the other two of the triads of Hindu Gods, Brahma and Vishnu were fighting over each other’s prowess,” says Mahashivaratri.org. “Horrified at the intensity of the battle, the other gods asked Shiva to intervene. To make them realize the futility of their fight, Lord Shiva assumed the form of a flaming Linga in between Brahma and Vishnu and challenged both of them by asking them to measure the gigantic Linga (phallic symbol of Lord Shiva).”

Awestruck, Brahma in the form of a swan flew up, while Vishnu as a boar went down into the earth. They searched for thousands of miles but could not find the limits of the great lingam.

However, the exhausted Brahma came to the ketaki flower on his way up and forced it to lie that Brahma had seen the top of the lingam, where the flower used to live. Brahma confronted Vishnu alongside the lingam and said he, Brahma, had seen the origin. Then the pillar split open and out jumped Shiva in all his glory. Braham and Vishnu bowed to him in a sign that they accepted his supremacy. Shiva told the two they were born out of him and the three deities separated into different divine aspects.

Shiva, angry with Brahma for lying, decided no one would pray to Brahma, which explains why there are only four significant temples to Brahma while there are so many for Shiva and Vishnu. Shiva also decided the ketaki flower could not be offered in any rites or worship.

A Shiva lingam in Linga Temple near Narsimha Statue Badavilinga Temple ( public domain )

The same day that Shiva appeared as the lingam is celebrated as Mahashivaratri—which Mahashivaratri.org calls the grand night of Shiva. Devotees of Shiva fast that day and pray that night, and believers hope their worship will bring them prosperity and happiness.

While Shiva’s phallus ranks among the most famous and largest of phalli, many other cultures have propitiated male fertility symbols.

“The ancients would place in orchards and gardens a phallic stone to promote blossoming and fructification,” says the book Larousse Greek and Roman Mythology.

An ancient Peruvian phallus of the pre-Columbian Wari culture (Photo by russaiva/ Wikimedia Commons )

Phallic stones or herms were also placed to propitiate the Greek gods Dionysus and Hermes, who was sometimes said to be Priapus' son or father. Propitiation or celebration of phalli has also been known in Japan, China, Bali, India, Russia, the Americas, parts of Africa and other places around the world.

Featured image: The riverbed rock carvings also show Nandi, Shiva’s bull mount. The lingam in this photo is the protuberance, and the figure that encircles it is the yoni, or feminine symbol. (Photo by Sott.net)

Mark Miller has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and is a former newspaper and magazine writer and copy editor who's long been interested in anthropology, mythology and ancient history. His hobbies are writing and drawing.


#5. Let’s know about the Legend of Shiva Lingam

This can be started from the traditional story of Shiva Lingam as depicted in the Hindu Puranas.

It was once when God Brahma and God Vishnu wanted to learn about their powers and test who is the most powerful one. They started fighting to represent each other’s powers.

The other gods got shocked at the intensity of the battle and so asked God Shiva to interfere and prevent the destruction of the universe.

As a result of this, it was on the 14th day in the dark fortnight of Phalguna month that Lord Shiva took his form of a flaming Linga (erect penis) in between Brahma and Vishnu.

He actually wanted to make them realize that their uselessness destructive fight is of no use.

Shiva literally challenged both of them to measure the size of his gigantic Linga (penis) and find hits end.

They eventually accepted the challenge to prove who is more powerful. Brahma took the form of a swan and Vishnu took the form of a boar respectively.

They went for the journey to find out the reality. But, it was seen that no one was successful in their attempts to measure the Linga.

Lord Brahma was literally exhausted and confused with his search to discover the uppermost part of the fiery Linga.

As a result, he tried to cheat both Vishnu and Shiva and made Ketaki flower lie that he had seen the cover of the column where the blossom had previously dwelt.

Later, after meeting Lord Vishnu, Brahma started boasting about his victory and said that he had successfully measured the Linga and had also discovered the top part.

Right then, Lord Shiva pierced himself from this central pillar revealing his omnipresence.

Surrendering into the magnificent sight both Brahma and Vishnu bowed to the Supreme soul of Lord Shiva accepting the greatness.

Lord Shiva explained how both Brahma and Vishnu were created from him and later the three of them were separated into various aspects of divinity into the unmeasurable universe.

Thus, it was the 14th day in the dark fortnight of Phalguna month, when Lord Shiva made himself in the form of a Lingam for the first time.

Thus, this day soon started to be celebrated as Mahashivratri.


29 Replies to &ldquoShiva Lingam – How the Worship of a Penis started in Hinduism – 17 Feb 15&rdquo

Namskar sir ,I ve a small doubt about bathing in Hindu dharma we do that to clean ourselves to prey and we all a habit not to clean our genital not only bathing also at the time of discharge urine any time so tell that is perfect good or not may it not get the abolish our faith plz clear my doubt what is the truth behind that reason

It is also said that the penis when fell got inserted into aminah’ vagina and since she could’nt resist such solid and divine penis unlike soft short and half of her own husband , she used it to reproduce and thus, Muhammad was born. And even Mary used it and to save herself from shame, made up miracle stories about son Jesus !

Lords are more naughtier than humans, Lol.

the above mentioned story is really shocking,so many people are not aware of this story they think they are worshiping idol, infact they don’t know it is unification of male and female organs,sir can you give me the references in which puranas it is written.it will be helpful to quote genuinely.

Can you give reference to the scriptures which give such stories??
Also you told stories about penis…but what about Vagina..Yoni.. why was Vagina cursed??

Don’t comment about the lord Jesus, because He is the only holy God of all the world, first know the truth about Jesus first, there is no connection to Jesus with any of these human created gods…

I think Your mother born you like that .. Bloody pennis worshippers

I agree. It’s not a joke. It’s ridiculous…

मेरी शिवलिंग पूजन की कथा के विषय में डाली गई पोस्ट के विषय में बहुत से लोग ग्रंथों के प्रमाण मांग रहे हैं उनके लिए यहाँ प्रमाण उपलब्ध हैं और यदि ग्रंथों में पढ़ना चाहें तो यहाँ आयें मैं उन्हें फिजिकल रूप से किताब (शास्त्र) में दिखा दुंगा!1- दारू नाम का एक वन था, वहां के निवासियों की स्त्रियां उस वन में लकड़ी लेने गईं, महादेव शंकर जी नंगे कामियों की भांति वहां उन स्त्रियों के पास पहुंच गये। यह देखकर कुछ स्त्रियां व्याकुल हो अपने-अपने आश्रमों में वापिस लौट आईं, परन्तु कुछ स्त्रियां उन्हें आलिंगन करने लगीं। उसी समय वहां ऋषि लोग आ गये, महादेव जी को नंगी स्थिति में देखकर कहने लगे कि -“हे वेद मार्ग को लुप्त करने वाले तुम इस वेद विरूद्ध काम को क्यों करते हो?” यह सुन शिवजी ने कुछ न कहा, तब ऋषियों ने उन्हें श्राप दे दिया कि – “तुम्हारा यह लिंग कटकर पृथ्वी पर गिर पड़े” उनके ऐसा कहते ही शिवजी का लिंग कट कर भूमि पर गिर पड़ा और आगे खड़ा हो अग्नि के समान जलने लगा, वह पृथ्वी पर जहां कहीं भी जाता जलता ही जाता था जिसके कारण सम्पूर्ण आकाश, पाताल और स्वर्गलोक में त्राहिमाम् मच गया, यह देख ऋषियों को बहुत दुख हुआ। इस स्थिति से निपटने के लिए ऋषि लोग ब्रह्मा जी के पास गये, उन्हें नमस्ते कर सब वृतान्त कहा , तब – ब्रह्मा जी ने कहा – आप लोग शिव के पास जाइये , शिवजी ने इन ऋषियों को अपनी शरण में आता हुआ देखकर बोले – हे ऋषि लोगों ! आप लोग पार्वती जी की शरण में जाइये । इस ज्योतिर्लिंग को पार्वती के सिवाय अन्य कोई धारण नहीं कर सकता । यह सुनकर ऋषियों ने पार्वती की आराधना कर उन्हें प्रसन्न किया, तब पार्वती ने उन ऋषियों की आराधना से प्रसन्न होकर उस ज्योतिर्लिंग को अपनी योनि में धारण किया। तभी से ज्योतिर्लिंग पूजा तीनों लोकों में प्रसिद्ध हुई तथा उसी समय से शिवलिंग व पार्वतीभग की प्रतिमा या मूर्ति का प्रचलन इस संसार में पूजा के रूप में प्रचलित हुआ।
ठाकुर प्रेस, शिव पुराण चतुर्थ कोटि रूद्र संहिता अध्याय 12 पृष्ठ 511 से 513
2- शिवजी दारू वन में नग्न ही घूम रहे थे, वहां के ऋषियों ने अपनी-अपनी कुटियाओं को पत्नी विहीन देखकर शिवजी से कहा – आपने इन हमारी पत्नियों का अपहरण क्यों किया? इस पर शिवजी मौन धारण किये रहे, तब ऋषियों ने उनके लिंग को खण्डित होने का श्राप दे डाला, जिससे उनका लिंग कटकर भूमि पर आ पड़ा और अत्यन्त तेजी से सातों पाताल और अंतरिक्ष की ओर बढ़ने लगा, क्षण भर में देखते ही देखते सारा आकाश और पाताल लिंगमय हो गया ।
साधना प्रेस, स्कन्द पुराण पृष्ठ 15
3- शिवजी एकदम नंग धड़ंग रूप में ही भिक्षा मांगने के लिए ऋषियों के आश्रम में चले गये, वहां उनके इस देवेश्वर रूप को देखकर ऋषि पत्नियां उन पर मोहित हो गईं और उनकी जंघाओं से लिपट गईं। यह दृश्य देख ऋषियों ने शिवजी के लिंग पर काष्ठ और पत्थरों से प्रहार किया, लिंग के पतित हो जाने पर शिवजी कैलाश पर्वत पर चले गये ।
वामनपुराण खण्ड 1 श्लोक 58, 68, 70, 72,पृष्ठ 412 से 413 तक
4- सूत जी ने बताया कि दारू नाम के वन में मुनि लोग तपस्या कर रहे थे, शिवजी नग्न हो वहां पहुंच गये और कामदेव को पैदा करने वाले मुस्कान-गान कर नारियों में कामवासना वृद्धि कर दी। यहां तक कि वृद्ध महिलाएं भी भूविलास करने लगीं, अपनी पत्नियों को ऐसा करते देख मुनियों ने शिव को कठोर वचन कहे।
डायमंड प्रेस, लिंग पुराण पृष्ठ 43

Hinduism is a very sexy drama.Parvati has real Vagina and Shiva hot erect Penis .Sita was fucked by Ravana endless for few years.Krishna fucked 1000 virgins endless everyday.Brahma has Urvasi and Ramba dancing naked in his lap.Draupadi gets fucked by 5 men everyday. And what not !!

About every god and religion Christhan Hindu Buddhist or Muslim …lot of people write or describe story according to their selfish or evil intention …you can find lot of bad story about Jesus ,Mohamed or about naked Buddhist temple easily on Internet …

hahahah fucking joke of the history. bloody shit. worship of pennis. hahahahha. i am laughing continuously.u fucking stupid indians. dick worship.

Shivling is the Black hole in universe which is rudra avatar of Lord Shiva

I had heard something other story about shivalingam, may be it is Bruga Mahashi and an eye located in his feet

YOU ARE A SAVAGE …. I JUST CAN’T STOP LAUGHING
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA .

YOU ARE A SAVAGE …. I JUST CAN’T STOP LAUGHING
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA .

Quite rational approach based on facts as to linga worship of Shiva. It requires further information on this topic that explains the history and development of physical form of Shiva and anecdotes relating that.

Rig Veda in the Context of Worship of LINGA
The esoteric text of Rig Veda has been considered as the most ancient literature of the Vedic Age in the very text various methods of worship of different deities have been elaborately dealt with behind the symbolic term “LINGA” or ‘PRATIKA’. It is doubtless to say that the system of worship of “linga” or “lingopasana” occupied an important place in the context of Rig Veda. The particular Sanskrit term “SHISNADEVA” has been used in two verses of it, the corresponding explanation by foreign scholars have misinterpreted the meaning of the term in a derogatory manner the impact of which has cast inimical influence upon the cultural scenario of Indian society. It is deplorable to say that our Indian counterparts never raised any objection to these erroneous statements at the right time. Of course, the Western scholars are always engaged to defame our ancient heritage and culture in the best possible way of their connivance.

As per the rules of Vedic Grammar the meaning of ‘linga’ signifies the gender of a person or object as male, female or neuter.

The Vedic text never assigns any gender to the various deities worshipped during the period of the Vedic Age. The term “linga” never signifies the genital of any particular god or goddess. The term “LINGA PUJA” of the ancient Indian society stands for the rituals usually performed for the worship of “Shiva and Shakti”, i.e. the universal principle of Purusha and Prakriti which is not easy to comprehend on the part of normal man bound to mundane life and its activities. In fact, the term ‘linga puja’ bears a very great significance of larger dimension. The ancient Vedic method of symbolic worship or “Prateek Upasana” has diverse aspects it needs rational comprehension. These aspects were studied and investigated by the evil-oriented inept Western scholars like Stevenson and Larsan etc in a very crude and gross manner. Their preaching regarding the worship stated that “worship of Shivalinga” was not at all permitted in Veda, it was defamatory and it did not belong to the lineage of the civilized i.e. Arsha Parampara. Shiva was given the place of the Lord or Deity of the uncivilized i.e. Anarya Devata. The Aryas were not worshipping Shiva. But the fact was that both Aryas and Anaryas used to worship the Deity Shiva during the period under discussion. The above two Western scholars tried their best to defame the Vedic language as a result of which the two ‘slokas’ or ‘mantras’ of Rig Veda landed in controversy. Further they have highlighted the term “shishnadevah” and gave it the completely derogatory meaning as ‘the worshippers of genital organ’. They too further added that people worshiping the genital organ as god or goddess are named as “Shisnadeva”. Their explanation runs thus:
“shishno devo jesham te shisnadevah” In the later years this type of defamatory preaching became more widespread, new hands joined to the former two. They were :Ayaling, Moore, Bebar, Hopkins, Kim etc. None of the true Indian Vedic scholars of the Age came forward and opposed the wrong doings of the Western scholars as a result of which the complete erroneous statements regarding the ancient scripture have come to be regarded as true in the modern age.

Now when we come to the original text of Rig Veda we find that nowhere the particular term “shishnadevah” has been used nor there was the slightest reference to the worshipping of ‘genital’ or the reproductive organ of any living being. The great Acharya Baudhayana too never gave such disrespectful explanation of the Vedic terms. The meaning of the term ‘shisnadeva’ is entirely different. The syllable- to- syllable meaning of the words does not apply in case of Vedic terms. The meaning is symbolic it is essential to deeply study and analyse the particular situation and context. Otherwise there is every chance of committing blunder of the above type. First of all it is most essential to take help of “Aagama Sampradaya” i.e. Guru-Shisya Parampara in order to reach inference of a particular research of the Vedic terms. If we follow the rules of Aagma, it is found that as per Nirukta (4/19) of Yashka the meaning of Shisnadeva is “abrahmacharya” i.e. non-celebate. The persons not observing the principles of celibacy and falling victims to satisfaction of senses in extremes are termed as “shishnadeva’ they are to be exterminated from society. The ancient interpreter or Bhasyakara Skandaswamy also renders the same explanation to the particular term and agrees with Yashkacharya. Therefore the explanations as per Vedic Grammatical rules of Nirukta and as that of Bhasyakar Skandaswamy must be accepted as true and authentic. There should be no doubt about it.

Hence one of the two hymns of the Rig Veda under consideration is given.

NA YATABA INDRAJUJUBURNO NA BANDANA SHARBISTHA VEDYABHIH

NA SHARDHADARYO VISUNASYA JANOTARMA SHISHNADEVA API GUKHABRUTAM NAH (7.21.5, Rig Veda)

Oh Mighty Indra ! Kindly render your protection against the evil deeds of demons by your invincible divine power. Let them not inflict harm upon our people or subjects whom we rule in our kingdom. Kill the demons who are “linga guhya parayana” in Vedic terms. They pose insurmountable impediments while performing the sacred Yajnas. We earnestly pray Thee to remove them completely from the path of truth and righteousness which we follow in life.

The second Mantra of Rig Veda misrepresented by the Western scholars is cited below.

SA BAJAM YATAPADUSPADA SANT SARYATA PARI YADAT SADHYIN

ARNABA YACHHATADURASYA YEDOGHNANSHISHNADON ABHI BARPASA BHOOT (Rig Veda 10.99.3)

Oh Indra ! You are always Donor or Data. You are ever ready to give everything. Come to the battlefield of Deva-Asura Sangrama. Please collect the divine wealth and destroy the demons readily who are mad in excess sense-enjoyments and commit all sorts of mistakes.

It is noteworthy to say that the two ‘hymns’ of Rig Veda speak of the annihilation of the evil power in demons, who being guided by unrestrained sense-desires bring havoc and disaster to society governed by pious rulers in the form of gods.

Today’s need of the hour coincides with that of the Vedic Age and the cry for justice and truth becomes predominant in society. The annihilation of evil-doers falling prey to impulses and animal instincts and causing irreparable loss to human life, environment at large needs immediate attention. Hence the intervention of the Divine is the only resort left for helpless innocent people of the world. The world is in great peril and its existence needs to be saved from the demons of the society. The war must be raised against all misconduct,insanity, inhumanity, injustice and demoniac behavior of the people. This destructive attitude of man has been rightly analysed in the two hymns of Rig Veda under the cryptic symbolic term “shishnadeva”. There was not at all any slightest reference to the worship of ‘linga’’. Nor there was any hint to the worshippers of “symbols”. The invocation of Indra to slay the Devil has been emphasized in the text. No other Samhitas, Brahmana, Aaranyaka. Shrauta, Guhyasutra too ever say any words in favour of worship of genitals as has been propounded by Mlechha Scholars in the context of misinterpretation of the Rig Veda Hymns. It was their fancy and connivance of fancy and whims which gave rise to huge plantations of Vedic defamation. Hence it is a challenge to the modern scholars of Research in the field of Veda to investigate the fact and throw ample light upon their validity and save the exemplary Indian culture from further decadence. The only exception is the Western Scholar Prof. Macdonel, who in his book of Vedic Methodology has given full support to the theory of Yaskacharya, the Indian exponent of Vedic grammar. We offer our sincere gratitude to him for his positive contribution in the field of Vedic Study.

(Source : Tapobhumi Narmada)

His holiness swami balendu ji has at last exposed jesus the self proclaimed son of got was indeed a basgard. Good work swamiji


4. Eleven Small Temples of Different Deities

Within the premises of the temple, there are around eleven different temples of different deities.

The first of them includes the temple of Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma and Lord Maheshwara Temples.

And is followed by a temple of Lord Kotilingeshwara.

Other Temples are Goddess Annapoorneshwari Temple, Goddess Kanika Parameshwari Temple, Lord Anjaneya Temple, Lord Rama, Sita and Laxman Temple, Lord Padurangaswamy Temple, Goddess Karumari Amma Temple, Lord Venkataramani Swamy Temple and Lord Panchamukha Ganapathy


Ancient Shiva Linga in Ireland

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In County Meath, Ireland, on the Hill of Tara sits a mysterious stone known as the Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny). According to The Annals of the Four Masters, an ancient document written by Franciscan Monks between 1632-1636 AD, this stone was brought to Ireland by the Tuatha Dé Danann, a supernaturally gifted people. Some speculate it was they who brought the power to make bronze to Ireland. They were the main deities of pre-Christian Gaelic Ireland.

The Tuatha Dé Danann, meaning the children of the goddess Danu, are said to have ruled Ireland from 1897 B.C. to 1700 B.C. having arrived from the coast on ships. The Christian monks viewed the stone as a pagan stone idol symbolic of fertility. This stone was so important that it was used for the coronation of all Irish Kings up until 500 AD.

The goddess Danu in European tradition was a river goddess. We find her namesake in rivers such as the Danube, Don, Dneiper, & Dniestr rivers. In some Irish texts her father is said to be Dagda (the good god), a father figure in Irish tradition.

The Vedic tradition also has a goddess Danu, the daughter of Daksha, wife of Kasyapa Muni, who was a goddess of the rivers. The word Danu in Sanskrit means ‘flowing water’. As the daughter of Daksha, her sister Sati would have been married to Lord Shiva. Finally, Tara, meaning ‘star’ in Sanskrit, is another name for the wife of Lord Shiva. To practitioners of Vedic tradition the Lia Fáil matches very closely to the Shiva Linga.

Eventually the Tuatha Dé Danann were defeated in battle. According to legend, they were allowed to stay in Ireland only under the ground as the ‘Aes sidhe’ – people of the fairy mounds.

In recent years the sacred stone has been subject to desecration. In June 2012 a vandal struck the stone 11 times. You can watch a newscast on this act of vandalism:

Again, in May 2014 vandals poured red and green paint over its surface. These actions are most unfortunate. We would encourage those in Ireland to protect and visit this ancient stone – a link to Ireland’s Vedic past.


Watch the video: What is Shiva Linga? Swami Sivananda Slays All Misconceptions and Defines Straight To The Point (November 2022).

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