(Last Updated on : 30/11/2017)
Lingam is a theoretical demonstration of the Hindu deity Lord Shiva
. It is placed in the temples
to worship. Shiva lingam
is measured by the people as Lord Shiva himself. Shiva lingam is for all time symbolized with the yoni which is a representation of Mata Shakti
(means female creative energy). It symbolises the exclusive indivisible power of the male and female. Lingam is the oval shape formation similar to the whole Universe
and its foundation resembling the base of Supreme Power which holds the entire Universe.
Types of Lingam
Lingam has been explained as endless cosmic pillar (means Stambha) of the fire
which is formerly a cause of all causes. It never has any ending and establishment. Sastra
specifies a lot of lingam types for worship, which is classified as natural and man-made. Following are the different types of Lingam:
: It is made of three ingredients, four parts of sandal paste, three parts of kumkumam and two parts of musk. If worship is made to sandal paste lingam, individual gets blessed with Sivasayujyamukti, reconciling of his jivatma into the Paramatma
: This is made of different types of fresh, sweet-scented, multi-coloured pleasing flowers
. It sanctifies the individual with kingship and acquirement of lands.
: It is made of the dung
of brown coloured cow. The individual will be blessed with wealth, if he worships it.
: It is made of bright sand and the devotion presents the position of Vidhyadhara, belonging to one of the denominations of deferential angels.
: It is made of rice
flour, and if treasured, it presents the individual with santanaprapti in adding up to wealth.
: It is made of sugar candy and blesses the individual with healthy strength and disease free easeful life.
: It is made of salt mixed with the powder of Hartal and Trikatukala. It sanctifies the individual with Vasikaranasakti, the power that suppresses other with the help of spells and charms.
: It is made with the paste of gingili seeds. The aspirations of the individual are fulfilled, if worshipped.
: It is made of dust and presents the individual with all gratifying advantages.
: It is made of the gentle leaves of bamboo
, and presents the individual with a long line of descendants.
: It is made of rice flour and sanctifies the individual with education
: It is made of milk
and curd, on sorting out the entire quantity of water
, and sanctifies the individual with property and happiness.
: It is made of particle and sanctifies the individual with abundant crops to the individual.
: It is made of fruits and sanctifies the individual with good crops of fruits
: It is made of a kind of acid fruit, phyllanthus Emblica and bestows the individual with liberation.
: It is made of butter and confers the individual with fame and wealth.
Durvakadaja Lingam or Garika Lingam
: It is made of a type of grass - agrostis linaries and saves the individual from early or accidental death
: It is made of camphor and bestows the individual from setting free.
: It confers the individual with siddhi – super natural powers.
: It is made of the ashes and confers the individual with auspiciousness and luck.
: It is made of gold
and confers the individual with mukti -- release of soul from body.
: It is made of silver
and presents the individual with prosperity.
: It is made of brass and bell metal and set free the soul
from body of the individual.
: It is made of tagara metal and makes ones life free from enemies, if worshipped.
: It relieves the individual from the threat of enemies.
: It is made of lead
and makes the worshipper secure from the foes.
: It is made of minerals and bestows with sarvasiddi, all super natural powers.
: It is made of eight metals and heals the individual with the leprosy.
: It is made of a precious stone
called vaidurya and saves the individual from harms from the enemies.
: It is made of gemstone and presents accomplishment from all desires of the worshipper.
It is made of mercury and presents the worshipper with immeasurable fortune.
Shiva lingams are divided into a lot of types according to the materials used to make it such as sandalwood paste, river
clay, wood, stones, white marbles, precious gems, metal, mercury, gold, silver, etc. Black Shiva Lingam is measured as holy and sacred appearance and it holds very protective energies. White Marble Shiva Lingam is made up of white marbles and very helpful for the people having suicidal inclination.