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.

 Back to school
 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

Image: Rammohan65 @ CC BY-SA 3.0

Shivling is everywhere

In deep forest, on mountains, and in ancient caves. It should be searched in Mars, Moon and other planets.

No Hindu temple is complete without a Shivling; wherever you find a temple, you find Shiva. And I think Shiva’s temple should be at position one in terms of numbers.

Shiva on Gold Dinar
Gold dinar of Kushan king Kanishka II with Lord Shiva (200–220 AD) | Image: author @ CC BY-SA 3.0

Spiritual Gurus talking about Shiva

Dearest Sri Sri Ravishanakr

Charismatic Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Tantra, mantra & literature

Shiva made him powerful: Ravana is known as great Shiv bhakta. He had some siddhi by which his head grew itself; so in love of Shiva he used to cut and offered them (one by one) to Shiva. Shiva taught  him tantra (Uddish), that’s why he could become so powerful and knowledgeable. (When you have no guru in your life, you should consider either Shiva or Hanuman your guru).

Uddish Tantram of Lankesh Ravan Book

Shiva literature: it is in question & answer form, mainly between Parvati and Shiva; these texts were categorized as Agam and Nigam. (It catched my attention: ; there are other people too, doing work to save ancient treasure — if you find such, pls. mention them in comments. )

Understand yourself fortunate, if you could any person or guru who could explain and make you understood Shiva’s literature and Prayogs in them.

One of my favorites: Awesome Lingashtakam (and this one was Ravana’s favorite, Shiva Tandav)

  1. ब्रह्ममुरारि सुरार्चित लिङ्गं, निर्मलभासित शोभित लिङ्गम् ।
    जन्मज दुःख विनाशक लिङ्गं, तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ 1 ॥
  2. देवमुनि प्रवरार्चित लिङ्गं, कामदहन करुणाकर लिङ्गम् ।
    रावण दर्प विनाशन लिङ्गं, तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ 2 ॥
  3. सर्व सुगन्ध सुलेपित लिङ्गं, बुद्धि विवर्धन कारण लिङ्गम् ।
    सिद्ध सुरासुर वन्दित लिङ्गं, तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ 3 ॥
  4. कनक महामणि भूषित लिङ्गं, फणिपति वेष्टित शोभित लिङ्गम् ।
    दक्ष सुयज्ञ निनाशन लिङ्गं, तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ 4 ॥
  5. कुङ्कुम चन्दन लेपित लिङ्गं, पङ्कज हार सुशोभित लिङ्गम् ।
    सञ्चित पाप विनाशन लिङ्गं, तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ 5 ॥
  6. देवगणार्चित सेवित लिङ्गं, भावै-र्भक्तिभिरेव च लिङ्गम् ।
    दिनकर कोटि प्रभाकर लिङ्गं, तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ 6 ॥
  7. अष्टदलोपरिवेष्टित लिङ्गं, सर्वसमुद्भव कारण लिङ्गम् ।
    अष्टदरिद्र विनाशन लिङ्गं, तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ 7 ॥
  8. सुरगुरु सुरवर पूजित लिङ्गं, सुरवन पुष्प सदार्चित लिङ्गम् ।
    परात्परं परमात्मक लिङ्गं, तत्-प्रणमामि सदाशिव लिङ्गम् ॥ 8 ॥
    लिङ्गाष्टकमिदं पुण्यं यः पठेश्शिव सन्निधौ, शिवलोकमवाप्नोति शिवेन सह मोदते ॥

Shiva Amogh Kavach: If you want safety and security in the feet of Shiva. You can buy its lyrics from any Puja shop, selling Gita Press books @ just Rs. 3. (Sometimes think about donating money to Gita Press, their books are cheap and they don’t sell them just for profit.)

Mantras loved by lord Shiva (by Dr. Narayan Dutt Shrimali aka Gurudev Nikhileshwarnanda)

Linking with Shiva

Shivling with emotional perspective: when you really love someone you forget all about rules and rituals, and you wish to have Shiva everywhere around you: in your keyring, at the back of your mobile, his poster on wall; printed on t-shirt, sweater, jacket or jeans. And everywhere, I can’t image further for you. It’s all depend upon your intent, and I’m not sure about results.

Shivling with ritualistic or tantric perspective: I think all the care is needed, ‘coz tantra doesn’t like mistakes. And frequent mistakes are too dangerous. Better to get guidance from a person who could meet Shiva, face to face; or at least from the person who is dedicated to him (not commercially).

Installing Shivling at home

Don’t consider roughly that Shivling is Shivling whether it is of wood, metal, stone, made by clay or any other material like Parad and so; otherwise watch this.

If you visit any of famous Shiva temples, for example, Neelkanth Mahadev (30-35 kms, up and above from Rishikesh), you may find lots of people selling Shivlings — either in stone or in parad (mercury). Generally, it is a good idea to buy and put them in your home. But with Shivling, it is not like that unless you do things properly.

Rumers or what?

This fact that I had already heard from many people, corroborated by a man from Kashi. He said, “if you install Shivling at home, the man of that home dies.” I had seen the misfortune of a lady, her husband died just after she had installed Shivling at home — this was just timing or due to Shivling I didn’t know; but I remained curious about this fact.

I searched and found that if you install bad shaped Shivling in bad way, chances are you may get diseases and many other problems. I don’t have any scientific proof of this, but also I don’t want to take risk. So what is the good shape and what is the good way?

Generally we buy God or Goddess from market, wash them in Gangajal and put them in our temple, that we do. But with Shivling it is not like that (second time), we shouldn’t install which are “not considered good,” they may give diseases or many other unwanted problems.


Not considered Good
  • Shivling should not be rough.
  • No minor or major hole in it.
  • It should not be uneven in shape.
  • Intuitively, it should not be felt strange and offensive.
  • Thick and big shivling is not considered good for family purpose.
  • And thin shivling is also not considered good.
Considered Good
  • The shape of Shivling should be like Kamalgatta (see the images).
  • Egg shaped Shivling gives worldly pleasure.
  • Color? All  natural colors of Shivling are considered good, whether it is single in color or with mixing of many colors.
  • Black, Blue and White are considered good.
  • Natural symbols on Shivling are also considered good.
Other important considerations
  • Timings: we should consider astrologically appropriate timing of installation, like Day, Muhurta and so.
  • Direction: it is God specific and solve some purpose. If you install Shivling in opposite or some other direction, perhaps things may not work. The direction of Shivling is “North,” that is when you offer water, it should flow towards North.
  • Pran Pratistha of Shivling: anybody can do Pran Pratistha for money, but you should have some measurements to test the Pran Pratistha; like it is said, if you show mirror to a Pran Pratisthit Murti, mirror breaks ‘ coz it can’t bear the vibrations.

Type of Shivlings


I’ve seen in movies and read in stories: some people make Shivlings out of soil, worship them, and visarjit them in a pond or a river — they do this activity daily.

In fact, you can make Shivling shape out of anything, but thing is, is that going to work for you? Better thing is to go according our Shastras or Gurus. The most popular Shivlingas are next.

Narmadeshwar Banalinga Shivling

Not arrow
Image: OpenClipartVectors @ CC0

Bana means Arrow, don’t think you are going to worship Shiva in an arrow. Yes, you can worship an arrow when it is in the form of Pashupat Astra. The thing here with Bana is, a man called Banasur got it patented by his name.

Image: Grin00000

Lord Shiva is amazing, once He is pleased, He is ready to give anything. Most of people ask Shiva to be there with them in a single Shivling. But this man, called Banasur, pleased Shiva by his tapasya and prayed Him to live in all the stones found at Narmada river. Shiva agreed, since that time Narmadeshwar Banalinga Shivling became popular. Generally people picks up Shivlinga from Dhavadi / Dhabri Kund.

Checking suitability

Image: DTR @ Public Domain

There is a strange way to check whether this Shivling is suitable for you or not. That is, use traditional Taraju and some rice; weigh the Shivling  with equal rice > next time, weigh again with that equal rice = 1) If Shivling looses weight (take this) this is for you; 2) If Shivling gains weight , this is for Sadhus or Sanyasis; 3) If Shivling comes equal like before, throw it in the river, it is not for you. Pick up other Shivling and check again.

I don’t know any reason behind that. If you don’t like don’t do that. Just pick that up, and bring home.

Something similar

But you should know similar kind of testing method used for whether you should construct something on a land or not, means it suits you or not. What they do in this testing — (without using water) they dig a hole, say 1 foot deep, and they use the same soil to fill that hole; 1) if soil remains after filling the hole, land is good for you; 2) if hole absorbs all the soil and needs more, land is good for someone else.

Parad Shivling (Pardeshwar) / Rasalingam

Mercury in Thermometer
Image: Menchi @ CC BY-SA 3.0

Parad = Rasa = Mercury (though word “rasa” is used for many other things, but here it is used for Mercury or say Parad)

If you have seen this type of thermometer, you have seen Mercury; here in it, it is kind of liquid form that moves as temperature increases.

It’s chemical structure and other things:

Ancient Rishis already had the full knowledge of this element, Mercury. It is mentioned in various ancient texts.

RasMartand: लिंग कोटि सहस्रस्य यत्फलं सम्यगर्चनात, तत्फलं कोटिगुणित रसलिंगार्चनाद् भवेत्। (in short: worshiping Rasalinga gives lots of Punya)

RasarnavTantra: धर्मार्थकाममोक्षाख्या पुरुषार्थश्चतुविर्धा, सिध्यन्ति नात्र संदेहो रसराजप्रसादतः। (in short: worshiping Rasaraj provides benifits of Dharm, Arth, Kaam and Moksha)

You may find lots of Parad Shivling near a famous Shiva temple, or from online sellers. They look heavy in hand, but what about their purity level, how to check that. The sellers will say it is 99% or 100% pure Parad Shivling + Pran Pratisthit, ‘coz they want to just sell that. If you have any idea of checking its purity level, pls let me know in comments.

Or, there is another option to learn about Parad Vigyan (Rasa Shastra), and make Shivling yourself at home.

I’ve heard that nothing can be mixed in Parad, but I’m not sure as people have expertise mixing things together. Check the following videos if they might help.

Precaution: I’ve heard that their fumes may get you blind.

And following video from Kaulantak Peeth

Parad is a great component in itself, with immense possibilities (including making of gold). Complete knowledge about this element isn’t known to everyone. And, how to find and take this knowledge from “those who know”, I don’t know.

How can I leave Dhyanalinga?

In Dhyanalinga, Dhyana means “meditation,” and linga means “form.” It is supposed to help you for the meditative state. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev took three lives to achieve this. Like other Shivling you can’t bring it home, but can go there and to feel experience.

Life with lord Shiva

Lord Shiva
Image: Sissssou2 @ CC BY-SA 2.0

With him, it is beginning that is in your hand; ending is not in your hand — ‘coz he is infinite. He doesn’t begin nor end. Everyone (whether it is Asura or Devata) loves him. Whatever, yoga, ayurveda, wisdom, tantra, mantra, yantra exists — all came directly or indirectly from him. He is God. He is Guru. He is Adi Yogi. Om Nm: Shivaya !

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    1. Many alphabets were created by lord Shiva tandava, “ह” is for lord Shiva.

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