Legends of Lingam
According to the myths, the three parts of Lingam stand for Lord Brahma at the bottom, Lord Vishnu in the middle and Lord Shiva on the top. There is a mantra in the Atharva Veda that worships a pillar and this is one promising derivation of lingam worship as per the legends. In the Linga Purana the same mantra is developed in the shape of stories which are supposed to set up the splendour of the great pillar and the supreme nature of Lord Shiva.
According to Linga Purana, lingam is an absolute figurative symbol of the shapeless Universe possessor and the bottom base symbolizes the Supreme Power that holds the whole Universe in it. Similar explanation is also found in the Skanda Purana. It represents both the original and destructive power of Lord Shiva. According to the myths, Lingam is shaped like an egg and symbolizes the Brahmanda or the celestial egg. There are two types of Shiva Lingam. One is a black meteorite egg-shaped stone. It is said that such a stone is installed at Kabba in Mecca. The other one is man-made and is solidified mercury.
Lingam consists of three parts. The base part which is four-sided remains underground, the middle part which is eight-sided remains on a platform and the top part, which is truly worshipped, is round in shape. The height of the round part is one-third of its boundary. Base of the lingam is called 'Peetham' and Coiled Cobra snake represents the 'Kundalini' shakti or feminine belief of the spirituality which is referred as Mother goddess. As per the Ayurvedic remedial, the creation of the Prana lingam is what permits deep healing and renaissance to happen. In Vedic astrology, the lingam symbolizes the power of light behind the Sun, Moon, planets and stars. In Vastu Shastra, the lingam is used to soothe the religious and imperative energy in a house. The substances of sage Vyasa is substantiated with the example of that Arjuna shaped a Lingam out of clay while worshipping Lord Shiva. Likewise, in Ramayana, before crossing to Sri Lanka, Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Sita shaped a Lingam at Rameswaram for worshipping Lord Shiva. Ravana could not lift that Lingam after it was placed on the ground.
An ice lingam at Amarnath in the western Himalayas shapes in every winter from ice dripping on the floor of a cave and freezing. It is avery popular pilgrimage centre of India. Shivling is a mountain in Uttarakhand which is around 6,543 metres in height. It arises as a complete pyramid above the grass of the Gangotri Glacier.
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