cursed Shiva as linga?
Shiva is worshiped as
the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential
denominations in contemporary Hinduism, and is also called “the Transformer and
the Destroyer”. The most popular form of worshiping Lord Shiva
in Hinduism is the Linga form, known as Shivalinga. Rishi Bhrigu and other
sages could not recognize Shiva. They cursed that his Linga (phallus) should
fall off. Shiva would only be worshiped in his symbolic form. Shiva allowed it to be so and the Linga
became an infinite fiery pillar of light.
Shivling is good for home?
transparent Shivling, the Sphatik Shivling, is one of the best and most
recommended Shivling to be installed at home for worship. The ritual of Pran
Prathishta is not required for the Spatika Lingam, because it is all pure.
A small thumb’s size or
up to 2 inches of Shiva lingam
should be used for home puja. There are elaborate,
intricate procedures and numerous rituals to be done before a Shiva statue
puja at home. It is impractical and certainly does not serve the purpose of
worship. Hence a Shiva lingam
is kept for puja at home, accompanied by a “Nandi”.
The Nandi should be oriented such that it faces the Shivalinga.
Q3. How many Shivling Lingas
can we keep at home?
experts recommend keeping only one Shivlinga
at the house. One should not keep different symbols of Lord Shiva
in the same place. He can keep this symbol of Shiva in his house if it is small
in size. It is not recommended to keep a big shivling in his place. Keeping one
symbol and not more than that is necessary for the energy of God to reside in
the representing symbol. Hence, we should never keep more than one Shivlinga at
home. Moreover, since Lord Shiva is one, we should not use different symbols
for him in one place.
Q4. How do you keep shiva
lingam at home?
Lord Shiva should face the North at all times.
According to Vastu Shastra, the direction of Ishan,
or the northeast, is the best for a pooja room.
According to Agama Shastra, there are two acceptable
orientations of the shiva linga.
The two types of Shiv
Linga that can be kept at home without being consecrated, but powerful if
worshiped daily are (a) parad (Mercury) shivling and (2) Ban linga or - a type
of stone found in Narmada river banks. Even for these two types, a daily ritual
is a must.
Q5. Which side should shiva
The Shiva Linga
should always be placed facing the North direction. That means the out-let of
any liquid poured on Shiva Linga should be in the North direction. Worshiping
the Shiva linga facing East or North direction is considered auspicious.
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