Caturmukhalinga, Caturmukhaliṅga: 1 definition


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Alternative spellings of this word include Chaturmukhalinga.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Caturmukhaliṅga (चतुर्मुखलिङ्ग).—A Brahma liṅga installed on the northern bank of Sarasvatī by Brahmā. Brahmā, to start with, created animate and inanimate objects, and was thinking about further creation when a beautiful girl, born of herself appeared before him. Brahmā became enamoured of that girl and showed an unbecoming passion. As a punishment for this sin one of his heads broke. Thus broken-headed Brahmā, went to the Sthāṇutīrtha, which washes off all sins, on the northern bank of Sarasvatī and installed his own liṅga, known as the Caturmukhaliṅga. This installation of liṅga redeemed him from sins. (Vāmana Purāṇa, Chapter 49).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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