Shivalinga is the symbol of spirituality, belief, energy and the extent of infinity. From times immemorial, Lord Shiva is being worshiped in the form of Shiva Linga. It is a smooth cylindrical mass representing Lord Shiva and rests in a disc-shaped base (yoni) which symbolizes Goddess Shakti. It is an abstract or an iconic representation of the Hindu deity, Shiva. Shivlingam is worshipped in many Shiva Temples and it is regarded as the sacred symbol of Lord Shiva.
Linga represents Cosmic Egg i.e. Brahmanda’ in Sanskrit who has no beginning nor end. It also shows the creation and destruction power of Lord Shiva. Shivalinga consists of three parts: The Bottom, Middle & Top part.
Stories of Shiva Lingam ( When Lord Shiva Cursed God Brahma & Ketaki Flower)
There are various stories relating to the origin of Shiva Linga in Hindu Scriptures. However, here we describe one of the main stories linked to the origin of Shiva Linga.
This one is as follows-
Lord Vishnu and Brahma began to argue as to who was the greater of the two. As the argument became heated, other gods asked Lord Shiva had to intervene.
Shiva created a pillar of light (Lingam) and Shiva said whoever can find the end of this light, will be superior.
So, Vishnu went in one direction and Brahma the other. Vishnu did not find the end and gave up. But Brahma decided to trick Lord Shiva. While he was on the search of the end, He found Ketaki flower and requested that flower to speak lie about reaching the top. The Ketaki flower agreed.
Brahma said that he found a beginning. After this the Pillar of light (Lingam) immediately changed into a form of Shiva who called Brahma a liar. Shiva said “nobody can measure the limits of infinity. Without my grace no one can reach the top of the Shiva Lingam, Ketaki flower is lying!” Shiva sentenced him to be little observed in the divine ceremonies. He cursed Brahma that he and Ketaki flower would never be worshipped.
And thus afterwards Shiva was worshiped the shape of that pillar being a Shivalinga, the symbole of energy, truth and dignity.
Types of Shiva Lingas
Shiva Lingas are distinguished according to the materials used to make them. Shiva Lingas are usually made of sandalwood paste, wood, stones, white marbles, metal, mercury, gold, silver, etc. The geometrical shape of Shiva Linga also plays an important part in its creation. So, exact proportions of height, width, and curvature are all important in the formation of Shiva Linga. Some of the popular types of Shiva Lingas include:
- Black Shiva Linga
- White Marble Shiva Linga
- Parad Shiva Linga
Note: We have written the story of Shivling after some research online. Some stories may not be true or miss-interpreted so; please correct us if found wrong. Stay connected with Awaaznation for all updates!
Source- Internet, boldsky.com, Templepurohit.com