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Shiva Lingam - How the Worship of a Penis started in Hinduism - 17 Feb 15

17 Feb 2015  Vrindavan, India

Category: Religion

Shiva Lingam in Yoni

Today is Shivaratri, a Hindu holiday in India which is celebrated as the wedding day of Shiva and his wife Parvati. For every Hindu temple, this is the day of the biggest Shiva worship of the year. Many of you will already know that Shiva is worshipped in the form of Shivling or Shiva Lingam, a penis-shaped statue. Today I would like to present you the story written in Hindu scriptures which is behind this worship.

This story is mentioned in different scriptures and, as usual, with some variations. I will give you two of them, so that you get an idea:

Shiva’s first wife had died and in his incredible sadness, he was roaming around restlessly, wandering alone in a forest, naked and like a madman.

In that forest, there lived many rishis – which are holy men with special powers called Siddhis. They had wives, too, and while Shiva was wandering around like that, these women saw him. They could not hold onto themselves when they watched him walking by naked, his divine body in full display. They ran after him, admired him and finally started touching and hugging him.

As luck would have it, just in that time, their husbands, the rishis, came by as well. Seeing their wives in close embrace with Shiva, they got very angry, accusing him of immorality. They combined their powers and cursed Shiva, no, cursed his penis, saying it should be cut off and fall down at the spot!

There is another version in which they pick up stones and throw them at him, which with their sharp edges cut off his penis, so that it falls down.

No matter how exactly it happened, the penis fell down to earth and where it fell, it stood erected and started burning like wildfire. Wherever it went – my wife asked how it ‘went’ but I cannot exactly tell you – it caused inferno and chaos. Bad things started happening in the world, as if the earth’s last day had arrived. Mountains burst, fire was spilling everywhere and people were in panic. Had the world come to its end?

All demigods and rishis went to Brahma, the creator of the world. He got to know what had happened and, together with everyone, reached Shiva. Everyone started pleading with him and praying: ‘Please, take your penis back, it is destroying the world!’

Shiva was appeased by all these prayers and agreed, but with one condition: ‘Only if you start worshipping my penis, will I take it back!’

And that is how Shiva Lingams were installed across the earth in temples everywhere and the worship of Shiva’s penis started.

There are some of you who think that this is a joke? No, it is not – and you may also enjoy the following variation:

In this version of the story, Shiva was already married to his second wife Parvati. He was nevertheless running around in the forest naked – not out of grief, just because he felt like it – and encountered the rishi’s wives. They could not withstand the power of his attraction and hugged him. Their husbands were not amused and cursed his penis, which promptly fell down, causing chaos and apocalyptic conditions all over the world.

Everyone got together in crisis to find a solution. Who could catch Shiva’s penis and hold on to it? Where should it go once captured? Oh yes, once the saving idea was found, it was very clear: only Parvati would be able to hold Shiva’s penis, in her vagina!

They all prayed to Parvati and that’s how it was done: from that time on, Shiva Lingam was worshipped, erect and fixed in the vagina.

For more stories and my comment on the biggest of hypocrisies of Hinduism, surrounding Shiva’s penis, you can read my next blog entry tomorrow.

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Reply By Shree on August 15, 2017 22:05


Can you please provide me the reference of the Shiva Linga story...

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मेरी शिवलिंग पूजन की कथा के विषय में डाली गई पोस्ट के विषय में बहुत से लोग ग्रंथों के प्रमाण मांग रहे हैं उनके लिए यहाँ प्रमाण उपलब्ध हैं और यदि ग्रंथों में पढ़ना चाहें तो यहाँ आयें मैं उन्हें फिजिकल रूप से किताब (शास्त्र) में दिखा दुंगा! 1- दारू नाम का एक वन था, वहां के निवासियों की स्त्रियां उस वन में लकड़ी लेने गईं, महादेव शंकर जी नंगे कामियों की भांति वहां उन स्त्रियों के पास पहुंच गये। यह देखकर कुछ स्त्रियां व्याकुल हो अपने-अपने आश्रमों में वापिस लौट आईं, परन्तु कुछ स्त्रियां उन्हें आलिंगन करने लगीं। उसी समय वहां ऋषि लोग आ गये, महादेव जी को नंगी स्थिति में देखकर कहने लगे कि -"हे वेद मार्ग को लुप्त करने वाले तुम इस वेद विरूद्ध काम को क्यों करते हो?" यह सुन शिवजी ने कुछ न कहा, तब ऋषियों ने उन्हें श्राप दे दिया कि - "तुम्हारा यह लिंग कटकर पृथ्वी पर गिर पड़े" उनके ऐसा कहते ही शिवजी का लिंग कट कर भूमि पर गिर पड़ा और आगे खड़ा हो अग्नि के समान जलने लगा, वह पृथ्वी पर जहां कहीं भी जाता जलता ही जाता था जिसके कारण सम्पूर्ण आकाश, पाताल और स्वर्गलोक में त्राहिमाम् मच गया, यह देख ऋषियों को बहुत दुख हुआ। इस स्थिति से निपटने के लिए ऋषि लोग ब्रह्मा जी के पास गये, उन्हें नमस्ते कर सब वृतान्त कहा , तब - ब्रह्मा जी ने कहा - आप लोग शिव के पास जाइये , शिवजी ने इन ऋषियों को अपनी शरण में आता हुआ देखकर बोले - हे ऋषि लोगों ! आप लोग पार्वती जी की शरण में जाइये । इस ज्योतिर्लिंग को पार्वती के सिवाय अन्य कोई धारण नहीं कर सकता । यह सुनकर ऋषियों ने पार्वती की आराधना कर उन्हें प्रसन्न किया, तब पार्वती ने उन ऋषियों की आराधना से प्रसन्न होकर उस ज्योतिर्लिंग को अपनी योनि में धारण किया। तभी से ज्योतिर्लिंग पूजा तीनों लोकों में प्रसिद्ध हुई तथा उसी समय से शिवलिंग व पार्वतीभग की प्रतिमा या मूर्ति का प्रचलन इस संसार में पूजा के रूप में प्रचलित हुआ। ठाकुर प्रेस, शिव पुराण चतुर्थ कोटि रूद्र संहिता अध्याय 12 पृष्ठ 511 से 513 2- शिवजी दारू वन में नग्न ही घूम रहे थे, वहां के ऋषियों ने अपनी-अपनी कुटियाओं को पत्नी विहीन देखकर शिवजी से कहा - आपने इन हमारी पत्नियों का अपहरण क्यों किया? इस पर शिवजी मौन धारण किये रहे, तब ऋषियों ने उनके लिंग को खण्डित होने का श्राप दे डाला, जिससे उनका लिंग कटकर भूमि पर आ पड़ा और अत्यन्त तेजी से सातों पाताल और अंतरिक्ष की ओर बढ़ने लगा, क्षण भर में देखते ही देखते सारा आकाश और पाताल लिंगमय हो गया । साधना प्रेस, स्कन्द पुराण पृष्ठ 15 3- शिवजी एकदम नंग धड़ंग रूप में ही भिक्षा मांगने के लिए ऋषियों के आश्रम में चले गये, वहां उनके इस देवेश्वर रूप को देखकर ऋषि पत्नियां उन पर मोहित हो गईं और उनकी जंघाओं से लिपट गईं। यह दृश्य देख ऋषियों ने शिवजी के लिंग पर काष्ठ और पत्थरों से प्रहार किया, लिंग के पतित हो जाने पर शिवजी कैलाश पर्वत पर चले गये । वामनपुराण खण्ड 1 श्लोक 58, 68, 70, 72,पृष्ठ 412 से 413 तक 4- सूत जी ने बताया कि दारू नाम के वन में मुनि लोग तपस्या कर रहे थे, शिवजी नग्न हो वहां पहुंच गये और कामदेव को पैदा करने वाले मुस्कान-गान कर नारियों में कामवासना वृद्धि कर दी। यहां तक कि वृद्ध महिलाएं भी भूविलास करने लगीं, अपनी पत्नियों को ऐसा करते देख मुनियों ने शिव को कठोर वचन कहे। डायमंड प्रेस, लिंग पुराण पृष्ठ 43

By Swami Balendu on March 16, 2017

I agree. It's not a joke. It's ridiculous...

Reply By Jesse on March 15, 2017 20:12


the above mentioned story is really shocking,so many people are not aware of this story they think they are worshiping idol, infact they don't know it is unification of male and female organs,sir can you give me the references in which puranas it is written.it will be helpful to quote genuinely.

Reply By srinivas babu on January 29, 2017 15:45


Lords are more naughtier than humans, Lol!!!!

Reply By 007 on January 26, 2017 20:40


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