One of the three central divinities of the Hindu Pantheon, Lord Shiva, or "the Auspicious One" is venerated in Shaivism (one of the three most remarkable gatherings in contemporary Hinduism) as the Supreme God. In Hinduism, Lord Shiva in his linga avatar is worshiped by his admirers. It is known as the Shivling or Shivalinga. When a Linga is presented on a Yoni, it connotes the relationship of Shiva and Shakti - the beginning of creation. It is found at a temple's point of convergence, resting in a rimmed, circle-shaped yoni. Shiva was known as the destroyer of malevolence. He was unable to endure evil in any form and fairly obliterated the evil rakshasas. Essentially, even we ought to attempt to bear no evil or malevolence occurring around us and stand firm against the bad and injustice.
Shiva's Lingam is a portrayal of the Universe, and it implies a doorway into the profound domain. Lord Shiva in the linga structure includes 2 sections- Shiva Linga, which is the ling, and the Panapattam, which means the Universal self (Lord Shiva) in his aroused state. The Ling addresses the Phallus and Panapattam or Yoni addresses the Vagina of the Universal Parents. The motivation behind why Lord Shiva is adored in linga structure is on the grounds that Lord Shiva Lingam implies magnificent heavenly energy. Shiva, the name connotes "one who offers Mangalam (perpetual goodness)" which is obtained through divine insight. To gain this insight, it is fundamental to revere the Shiva linga as Dhyanalinga which is the never-ending wellspring of energy, proposed to the worshippers through its round structure. Shiva was once enquired by Goddess Parvati about the right approach to worshiping the Lord Shiva Lingam. While Shiva was explaining how Nandi who was present was also taught on this hallowed point. The data was given to Sanatkumar, who passed the knowledge to Sage Vyasa. Suta got to know it from Shailadi.
Lord Shiva had portrayed the three methods, by the help of which a genuine devotee should become unadulterated prior to starting his worship.
1. Varuna Snan (tidying up in open)
2. Bhishma Snan (spreading remains)
3. Mantra Snan (presenting of mantra).
A genuine devotee should worship Lord Shiva only after becoming pure. At first, he should perform Pranayama so as to ensure that his lungs are filled with natural air. He should clean all of the articles required for worship by reciting OM NAMAH SHIVAY. He should make offerings of rice grains, grain, flowers, etc to Lord Shiva in the Linga structure.
Q1. Where are the sacred jyotirlingas present?
A jyotirlinga is a representation of the Supreme Lord Shiva. It is a Sanskrit word that implies " Radiance". The Shiva Purana refers to 64 Jyotirlingas. Out of these 64, 12 Lord Shiva Lingams are called Mahajyotirlingam or the Great Jyotirlingas. They are in- Somnath, Mallikaarjuna, Mahakalleshawar, Omkareshwar, Kedarnath, Bhimashankar, Vishveshwara, Trayambakeshwar, Nageshwara, Baidyanath, Rameshwaram, and Grishneshwar.
Q2. Where should a devotee place the shiva linga stone sculptures at home?
Putting the Shivling on the Northern or the eastern side is thought of as promising, and blesses the devotee with financial stability. The Jyotirlinga ought to constantly confront the East or North direction as the east is viewed as the direction of Shiva and Kailash Parvat is situated in the North. When milk, water, or any liquid flows through the outlet, it should flow out through the northern side. The most important thing that a devotee should keep in mind, is that he has to regularly take utmost care and clean the stone sculpture.
Q3. What should we not offer on Shivlinga?
Shiva is very much pleased with things like belpatra, cannabis, gangajal, sandalwood, and raw milk and therefore these should be offered on Shivling. It is considered to be a symbol of good luck, whereas Lord Shiva is a loner, so offering vermilion to Lord Shiva is considered inauspicious. According to scriptures, Lord Shiva is offered Akshat or whole rice. If the rice is broken, it is considered incomplete and impure, and therefore not fit to be offered to Shiv Ji. Turmeric is not to be offered to Shiva. Tulsi is also not offered to Shiva.
Q4. How many types of Shivlinga are there?
There are many types of Shiva Linga yielding different results.
The Ratnaja linga yields prosperity and gives glory.
The sailaja linga – the achievement of perfection, i.e; sarvasiddhi
The Dhatuja linga helps to accumulate the wealth
The daruma linga yields enjoyment,
The earthen lingas yield earning of perfection
These are pratishthit-lingus
In the Amarnath cave, a Shiva linga of ice is formed every year. This is a Swayambhu shiva linga. The linga is formed naturally by the pillar that drips from the roof of the cave. The water droplets trickle slowly from the top of the cave and freeze into ice when they fall.
Mukha lingas: These are the lingas covered by a metal sheath and given a face to relate better.
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