the Shiva's symbol. It's a stone in the form of a cylinder, sometimes egg-shaped. The lingam is always dwelling in Shiva temples; He represents the creative power of the God and is unanimously worshipped by all hindu people.
A term from the Sanskrit for the genital organ of the God Shiva. This holy symbol of Shiva is nowadays practically worshipped on every street corner and every village square in India (or Nepal). Mostly carved in stone people touch and kiss it and they put offerings of rice, flowers or fruit. Often it is coloured in ochre. Sometimes the lingam is depicted together with the female counterpart, the yoni. Such an image is then called yonilinga (photo: see travelogue day 05 - Kolayat).
The phallus or, by extension, the cosmic principle of creativity. The worship of the Divine through the symbol of a phallus dates back to the Indus-Sarasvati civilization. Early on Shiva became associated with the symbol of the lingam and its worship. It is the God's most common emblem. Metaphysically, the lingam stands for the unimaginable potency or power of creativity prior to the creation of the world. The male sex organ represents the physical manifestation of the lingam.
The Lingam (also, Linga, Shiva linga Sanskrit à¤²à¤¿à¤™à¥à¤—à¤‚ , meaning "mark," or "sign,") is a symbol for the worship of the Hindu god Shiva. While its origins are debated, the use of this symbol for worship is a timeless tradition in India. Scholars have connected the origin of the lingam to the early Indus Valley civilisation.