Shiva Lingam (Sivalinga)

Linga (or plural, Lingam) in the Sanskrit language means phallus, but also sign or emblem. The Shiva-Lingam is a symbol of the Hindu deity Shiva as generative force of the universe. The typical Shiva-lingam is an elongated, elliptical stone, usually paired with the yoni, a stone receptacle in representative of the female genitals. On the surface, the Shiva linga is a phallic emblem, but theologically, it is much more complex. Symbolically, it represents a singularity; when paired with the yoni, it represents a conjunction of opposites, or life coming-into-being: the formlessness of Shiva in union with material manifestation, the Shakti. The two together can also be viewed as the axis mundi penetrating the earth.

Hexagram Venerating the sivalingam

Related Symbols:

HexagramTilakaSma (Sema)

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