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    Shiv Ling

    Why do people do Pooja/Prayer to Shiv Ling?
    Why not Shiv / Shankar / Bholenath?
  • #21966
    As per my religious knowledge and view shiv is the God responsible for generation and life. and the ling is responsible for existence of life on this earth, may be this is the reason why people pray the ling not the shiv himself
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  • #22089
    U can better understand the reason from this short story:

    Once the saint Viswamithra who is very proud of himself planned to visit Brahma,Vishnu and Maheswara.At first he went to brahma who was very much involved in the music of saraswathi.Brahma did not recognise the saint and thus he gave a curse that brahma will not be prayed in any form on the earth.Then he to maheswara who was also involved in the dance with parvathi,but he identified the saint after his arrival,thus the saint gave curse that shiva will only be prayed in the form of a stone.Finally the saint went to vishnu who welcomed him with great respect and ease.Thus he said that you will be prayed by the people in several forms like rama,krishna,venkateswara,...


  • #22139
    Shiv Ling is the holy symbol of Lord Shiva that is considered sacred and worshipped with devotion by the devotees. The Shiv Ling is representative of the most wonderful and miraculous feature of life. The Sanskrit word Lingam means symbol, so Shiv Ling means symbol of Siva. It is considered the most sacred symbol for Shaivaites and has been worshipped for ages. The Indus Valley excavation is an example for the presence of this worship in olden times.

    The Shiv Ling worship is superior because it makes the worship simple because of the form while maintaining the truth that God is not having any definite form. The Shiv Ling, is representative of the most wonderful and miraculous feature of life. The Shiv Ling denotes the primeval energy of the Creator.

  • #22707
    people worship Shiv in various forms like in pashupatinath shiva is worshipped in the form of above head, In Kedarnath Shiv is worshipped in the form of back. But it is true that Shiv lingam is the most worshipped

  • #22903
    I go with Revathi.G and i too heard the story in my childhood.

    Hence ling is worshipped more

  • #24381
    Lingam is a sanskrit word which means symbol. When people started worship at Dwaparyug they did not have any form in order to worship God. Since they know that God is light, they made the symbol of light (Jyoti) and started to worship "Jyoti Lingam" as symbol of the God. Name of the God is "Shiv" which means "Sarvakalyankari".

  • #24874
    I also have heard the same story posted by i will go with it.

  • #24876
    Lord shiva is the god of generation. Shiv ling hence represents both male and female reproductive organs. The upper part represents male organ and the lower rounded part represents female organ. We worship these in the form of lingam.

  • #24882
    As per Hindu mythology trimurties are Brahma,Vishnu and Maheswara.
    Brahma is responsible for generation, vishnu is responsible for propagation and Shiva is responsible for cremation(Destruction).

    As told by Mr.Mohan Shiv linga represents both male and female reproductive organs.

    Once Vishnu and Brahma gone to Shiva with some request.Then Shiva told them if you can find my top and bottom I will conceed your request. Vishnu gone to top side and Brahma gone downside but they could not find the top and bottom. Finally they came to Shiva with a cow.Both of them requested the cow to give witness.

    Shiva asked them whether they could reach the top and botton. Both of them told lie. Then Siva asked the cow. The cow told yes from the mouth but indicated no with the tail. Then siva told that it is auspicious to see the back of the cow but not face.
    He also cursed Brahma that he will not have any temples on the earth.

    To show that he is nirakara siva has taken the shape of linga.


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  • #25635
    As per Hindu mythology trimurties - the Brahma,Vishnu and Maheswara -are created from the OHMKARA.Brahma is believed to be the creator, Vishnu the propagator and Shiva the Distructor.But among the Puranas in Shiva purana a separate section named lingapurana explains everything about the Shiva beliefs.
    As told by Mr.Mohan Shiv linga represents both male and female reproductive organs.Shiva is considered as the source of Power- the sakthi.The modern science proved that the Shape of Shivalinga has very importance in storing energy .
    Inspite of the stories said by Dr. Sreenivasa Rao ,the scientific fact is that this shape can be extended to any length without loosing its power.

  • #25664
    God Shiva is not worshipped in the form of shiva's statue, they worshipped as ling form for many fables written as above postes.

  • #25679
    It is a bad joke!
    Bholenath is also worshipped but not in the form of stutue of bholenath but in the form of Shivling.

  • #27390
    As already mentioned here by Dr. R N Srivastava, In Hindu Mythology, Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh (Shiva) are the trinity, the creator, the protecor and the destroyer. "Ling" means symbol. So, shivling actually is symbolic representation of Lord Shiva. This also represents a devine symbol of supreme being present in all living creatures.

    If the word ling is bifurcated and studied in sanskrit, it being composed of laya and agaman refers to dissolution and recreation respectively. Thus , it symbolizes both the creative and destructive power of Lord Shiva and thus a great sanctity is attached to it by the devotees.

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