Lingam

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The Lingam (also, Linga, Shiva linga, Sanskrit लिङ्गं liṅgaṃ, meaning "mark" or "sign") is a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva used for worship in temples.[1] The Lingam has also been considered a symbol of male creative energy or of the phallus.[2][3] The lingam is often represented with the Yoni, a symbol of the goddess or of Shakti, female creative energy.[2] The union of lingam and yoni represents the "indivisible two-in-oneness of male and female, the passive space and active time from which all life originates".[4] A complimentary theory suggests that the Lingam represents the beginningless and endless Stambha pillar, symbolizing the infinite nature of Shiva.[5][6]

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Etymology

The Sanskrit term लिङ्गं liṅgaṃ, transliterated as linga has many meanings, including a mark, sign or characteristic. It has a number of specific uses in Sanskrit that are derived from this general meaning. Vaman Shivram Apte's Sanskrit dictionary gives many other definitions of the term, including:

History

Origin

Anthropologist Christopher John Fuller notes that although most sculpted images (murtis) are anthromorphic, the aniconic Shiva Linga is an important exception.[9] Some believe that linga-worship was a feature of indigenous Indian religion.[10]

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