Many things about Shiva, Linga, & Shivling

Every time Shivling is misinterpreted, he gets angry.

Understanding “Linga” before understanding “Shiva.”

This is what I got:Linga

Linga versus Shishan

Are they two names for the same thing, phallus? In Sanskrit, I know that Shishan means phallus. Either Sanskrit is versatile or the word Linga connotes the different meaning.

Yin and Yang symbol, as I know, is the symbol of both male or female energies; Is it represent something else, some reproductive organs of male and females?

We believe, what we remember again and again, even though it is incorrect.

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 Linga (लिंग)

  • Purling (पुल्लिंग ): It represents masculine, like, Man, Lion, Dog, etc.
  • Striling (स्त्री लिंग): Stri + ling; Stri means a woman; Does it mean phallus of a woman?
  • Napunsakling (नपुंसक लिंग): Who don’t fall in above two; Does  it mean, they have phallus too?
 Yoni (योनि )

  • Manusya Yoni: Does it mean, a human is vagina?
  • 84 lakh Yoni : Does it mean 84 types of vagina?
  • Pathhar Yoni: Pathhar means stone. Now you’ve figured it out yourself. It doesn’t meant that too.

In shastras, vedas , puranas,  tantra literature and everything — I’ve not studied them all completely. If you believe from your heart and soul that Linga means Phallus and Yoni means Vagaina, ‘coz you want to get enlightenment, siddhi or some kind of enjoyment through them; it’s up to you.

Many people just read translation, do they know Sanskrit language? (Interested in Sanskrit?  Go: ) Even you know Sanskrit, you’ll interpret things according to your conscious level.

How they interpret Shivling

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Shivling is everywhere

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Infinite power of Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Durga (Mahishasur Mardini)
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Have you ever wondered, any Hindu God or Goddess isn’t empty handed? They carry weapon either in a hand or many hands. Is that they carry for love and compassion? No. History tells, they used their weapons frequently. Let’s check out some of Gods and Goddesses and their weaponry: Continue reading “Infinite power of Hindu Gods and Goddesses”

10, 11, 12 Jyotirling: Trimbakeshwar, Nageshwar, and Rameshwaram

Shri Trimbakeshwar in Nashik

Trimbakeshwar Temple
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This jyotirling has many visiting places around — like Panchavati, place from where Ravana kidnapped Sita; Brahmagiri Parvat, and river Godavari. Time to time, famous Kumbha Mela is also celebrated here. It is said, Goutam Rishi did tapasya here, as a result, Godavari orginated from the Parvat. On request of Rishi and River, lord Shiva decided to live there, and known as Trimbakeshwar.

This temple has three Lingas, which respresent, lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It is said, women should not see the whole Lingas, but they can see their Mukuts.

Shri Nageshwar in Gujarat

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9 of 12 Jyotirling: Shri Ghushmeshwar in Rajasthan

You may wonder in Ghushmeshwar, “Gushma”  is the name of a woman, who was devoted to lord Shiva. She was the second wife to a man, called Sudharma.

Crying Mother
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The story goes like this: Sudharma was married to Sudeha; years passed but they could not enjoy any children.

Second Marriage
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So Sudeha asked her husband Sudharma to marry her sister, Gushma; he agreed. Later on with Ghshma, Sudharma had a baby — the family enjoyed the moment, and happily involved in brought up.

100 Shivalingas
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Gushma was great Shiva bhakta, everyday she used to worship one hundred and one  Shivlingas. Years passed, and she enjoyed the mode of her worship without any desire. As mind  rotates among Sattva, Tamas and Rajas — her sister, Sudeha felt jealous of her; and over years, energy of jealousness kept piling up. When Gushma’s son got married, Sudeha thought to end his life. Continue reading “9 of 12 Jyotirling: Shri Ghushmeshwar in Rajasthan”

8 of 12 Jyotirling: Bhimashankar in Maharashtra

Bhimashankar Temple
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This temple is in Maharashtra on Sahyadri Parvat; Bhima river also originates from here. How was it named Bhimashankar? It has interesting story behind it.

Lord Shiva is kind of God that feels happy even if you worship other God or Goddess; even if you just worship your guru, He will feel happy. It is something like, in anyway, directly or indirectly, knowingly or unknowingly, you just worship lord Shiva.

What happened with a king named Bhimak, of Aavadh; he was just doing his Tapasya. Lord Shiva knew this, who was taking rest nearby after killing demon, Tripurasur. So He gave darshan to Bhimak and fulfilled his wishes. Since that time, this temple is known as Bhimashankar Jyotirling. The word “Bhimashankar” has two names in it — Bhima for king Bhimak, and Shankar for lord Shiva.

7 of 12 Jyotirling: Shri Vaidyanath / Baidyanath Dham

Baba Dham
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Vaidyanath Jyotirling, also know as Baba Dham, is located in Deoghar, Jharkhand. This Jyotirling is famous for healing, as lord Shiva is a great healer in Himself. People come here to worship, as well in a hope to cure their incurable diseases. This place is also a Shakti-peeth, ‘coz the heart of Sati fell here.

If you wonder, what does Vaidyanath mean? Vaidya means doctor, and nath mens lord; it means, the lord of doctors. The popular healer and life saver mantra, Mahamrityunjaya is from this lord of doctors. There are other mantras as well of lord Shiva for healing, like, Om Sambhavaya Rognashaya Namah; and vidyas like Sanjivini Vidya; and shakti like Sanjivini Shakti. The world of lord Shiva is infinite and nothing is impossible in it.

Story behind Vaidyanath Jyotirling

Once Ravana pleased lord Shiva, and wanted to carry Him in his palace, Lanka. Lord Shiva gave him His Vaidyanath Jyotirling and warned him, if he put it down it would settle there forever. Ravana agreed, and started carrying Jyotirling.

Devatas didn’t like it; so they asked lord of water, Varun Devata to do something. Varun devata entered in his stomach, and provoked Ravana to urinate. Ravana saw a Brahman (lord Vishnu in disguise) and handed over Jyotirling; and asked him to wait for few moments. Brahman agreed and promised not to put it down. Continue reading “7 of 12 Jyotirling: Shri Vaidyanath / Baidyanath Dham”

6 of 12 Jyotirling: Sri Mallikarjuna in Andhra Pradesh

Shri Mallikarjuna Jyotirling
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It is one of the twelve Jyotirlings in Andra Pradesh at Shail Parvat and near river Krishna. You will be surprised to know, why  is the name Mallikarjuna? Gods and goddesses, not only change their shape but change their names  too: Mallika is for Parvati; and Arjuna for Shiva. Behind this Jyotirling, the story of lord Shiva’s family is connected.

If you want to reach this Jyotirling or any of Jyotirlings in India, and looking for correct information, you should look for the website of their Trust. Most of temples in India are run by Trust, and they have plenty of information,  regarding places to stay at night, route, timings, sometimes weather, and many other things.

Spiritual importance

It is said, worshiping Shiva at Shail Parvat is equal to Ashwamedgh Yagna. This place is also considered as Shakti Peeth, a place for getting different kinds of powers (siddhis).

Story behind Sri Mallikarjuna

Once Ganesha and Kartikeya both started fighting for their marriage; Ganesha wished to get married first, and Kartikeya wished to get married first. Matter reached to their parents, Shiva and Parvati; they said, “Who completes his circle around the Earth, will be married first.” Continue reading “6 of 12 Jyotirling: Sri Mallikarjuna in Andhra Pradesh”

5 of 12 Jyotirling: Shri Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh

Omkareshwar Madhya Pradesh
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Near this temple, river Narmada and Kaveri meet. It is on Mandhata mountain; it is said, popular king Mandhata with his two sons pleased lord Shiva at this place.

Normally we don’t take things back offered to Shivlinga, but here it is Pranava Swarup so Tulsi leaves could also be offered, and part of offered things could be taken back as a Prasada and Charnamrat. People say, here Abhishek on Shivalinga directly reaches to river Nirmada.

When you worship Omkareshwar, you can’t leave Amleshwar; whereas Omkareshwar is Pranav Swarup, Amleshwar is Ling Swarup. Story behind is — once Vindya Parvat (mountain) worshiped Lord Shiva, consequently in a boon, Shiva turned His Omkar linga into two: first became the Pranav Swarup and second became the Linga Swarup.

It is also said, Kuber worshipped Shiva here for one hundred years; and famous fight between Kartavirya Arjuna and Parsuram also happened here.

4 of 12 Jyotirling: Shri Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain

To reach Mahakaleshwar temple — nearest airport is at Indore; railway station is Ujjan Junction itself; and this city is well connected to adjoining popular cities. If you wish to reach there, book your puja & bhasma aarti beforehand.

Mahakaleshwar Ujjan
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History and story behind this temple is like that — once there lived a yogi Brahman; he was dear to God Shiva. Once he requested Shiva to come and kill a demon who was torturing people. Shiva came tearing the Earth, in a flash, he killed that Demon. And on request, Shiva started living there in the temple as Mahakaleshwar.

As Shiva loves Bhasma, at this temple Bhasma is the important item for his worship. How is Bhasma prepared? I’ve heard, it is of a burned corpse, comes from the cremation ground (shamshan). Bhasma is also prepared by burning cow-dung. As cremation ground is considered, a place of lord Shiva and Kali, Bhasma from there looks more appropriate.

3 of 12 Jyotirling: Vishwanath in Kashi

Kashi Vishwanath
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Varanasi (Kashi or Benaras, Banaras) is an ancient city of India; it is very popular across India and in the world for its spiritual significance. By train, you can reach here from Delhi by Kashi Vishwanath express and other trains; and airport here is, Lal Bahadur Shastri airport, around 18 kms away from the city.

It is said, when any danger comes to this city, lord Shiva protects it with his trident. And it is believed one who dies in this city, gets mukti (no more next birth) — ‘coz lord Shiva gives the upadesha of Tarak mantra in the ear of a dying person.

In Kashi, lord Shiva temple is known as Kashi Vishwanath. Stories tell, Lord Vishnu, took bath on Manikarnika Ghat and worshiped lord Shiva in this temple — and he was rewarded Sudarshan Chakra.

Nearby temple, Ganga flows, evening Ganga Aarti is very famous; and there are many Ghats, where in some dead bodies are given to fire. You can find almost all kinds of people here, of both left and right path of godhood.