This is the ritual spoon, numerous times magnified, with
which pure offerings are made. This spoon called 'uddharani' has the Shiva
Linga guarded by a seven hooded cobra at the base of the long neck. Sitting
in reverence in front of the Linga is Nandi, Shiva's Vehicle. The vigorous
bull, the Linga and the coiled serpent are all symbols of the Great Lord's sexual
energy. According to Brahmanical literature, Linga is the sign of the
transcendental, unseen Shiva and symbolizes Shiva's capacity to produce life
itself. Besides the symbols apparently associated with Shiva, the neck has
other auspicious symbols like the pair of feet, the sun, the moon etc. From
its form to its decorations, all spell sacredness.
This description by Renu Rana.
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