Shivpuri Dham, kota, Rajasthan.
One of the #shivling is stated to be as high as 15 feet & is made from a single black stone. one can find as many as 525 shivlings.
In the Nirgun-Sagun state Shiva is worshiped as #Shivalingam:
A glance at the rounded, elliptical, an-iconic image of Shivalingam placed on a circular base (known as Peedam), which is found in the Sanctum Sanctorum (Garbhagraha) in all Shiva #temples, has given rise to various interpretations, without realizing the scientific truths discovered by the ancient Hindu sages. The practice of worshipping Lingam as the holy symbol of Shiva, has been from time immemorial.
The worship of Lingam was not confined to #India & #Srilanka only. Lingam was referred to ‘Prayapas’ by the Romans who introduced the worship of Lingam to #European countries. The statutes of Lingams were found in the #archeological findings in Babylon, a city of ancient Mesopotamia. The archeological findings in Harappa-Mohanjo-daro, which yielded numerous Lingam statutes, have disclosed the existence of a highly evolved culture long before the Ariyan’s immigration.
THE PHILOSOPHICAL CONCEPT OF SHIVALINGAM-
The word Shivalingam has been derived from sanskrit roots #Shiva(Lord) + #Lingam(Mark/Chinha/Symbol). Hence, Shivalingam is the mark of lord within its creation. Everything in the world arises out of a dome/a ball/ a pindi..be it a tree which comes from a seed which is round, a child which comes from a cell which is round, all heavenly bodies are round, the minutest of cells are round & our very #earth is round. Everything being round is a mark of the Lord/Shiva. Since Shiva cant be comprehended, we worship his mark or we worship the whole Brahmman (#universe) in a Shivalingam.
Philosophically, Shiva Lingam consists of 3 parts:
The bottom part which is 4-sided remains underground, the middle part which is 8 sided remains on a pedestal. The top part, which is actually worshipped, is round
The 3 parts symbolize Brahma at the bottom, Vishnu in the middle & Shiva on the top. The pedestal is provided with a passage for draining away the water that is poured on the top
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