Lingapitha, Liṅgapīṭha, Linga-pitha: 3 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Liṅgapīṭha (लिङ्गपीठ) refers to a certain ceremony to be performed during pūjā (ritualistic worship), according to the Arcanāvidhipaṭala of Kāmikāgama.—After pañcaśuddhi, the Ācārya begins the pūjā proper. He first worships Gaṇeśa in the liṅgapīṭha in the direction of Vāyu (North West), with sandal paste and flowers. He then worships his Guruparamparā in the Īśānya (North East) direction. The Ācārya then visualizes the divyadeha and realizes ‘jīvo’smin śiva’–that the Jīva and Śiva are the same (during the pūjā). Just as the movement of grass can show us the  formless wind, the āsana is permeated by the ādhāraśakti.

The Ācārya invokes this śakti in the kūrmāsana with the hṛdayamantra, visualizing appropriately. He then invokes Ananta (Ādiśeṣa), the āsanātmaka in the āsana. He invokes dharma, jñāna, vairāgya and aiśvarya as the four feet of the āsana, that are the vīryabhūta of Ādiśeṣa. He then invokes the two śaktis responsible for both bondage and liberation—icchāśakti and jñānaśakti—at the top, in appropriate colours.

Then the Ācārya invokes in the base of the liṅga, eight śaktis on lotus petals, accompanied by the corresponding eight siddhis and eight dhātus in the eight directions. He invokes the primordial śakti Manonmanī in the karṇikā and worships them all with bilva leaves. He visualizes the three bright maṇḍalas of the sun, moon and Agni at the ends of the lotus petals and at the end of the karṇikā. He then invokes Brahma, Viṣṇu and Rudra with appropriate mantras and visualizing their appropriate forms. Therein he invokes the three types of Ātman—bhūtātma, jīvātma, paramātma; three types of Śivāgni—bālāgni, yauvanāgni and vṛddhāgni and also the three guṇas of sattva, rajas and tamas.

The Ācārya once again meditates on how the universe is pervaded from pṛthvī-tattva up to śuddhavidyā-tattva. This is how the Ācārya establishes the liṅgapīṭha for worship. Ananta resides in the pīṭha as the kartṛ. Along with Ananta, the ādhāraśakti, dharma, jñāna, vairāgya and aiśvarya make the six limbs or ṣaḍaṅga of the āsana.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Liṅgapīṭha (लिङ्गपीठ).—the pedestal of a शिवलिङ्ग (śivaliṅga).

Derivable forms: liṅgapīṭham (लिङ्गपीठम्).

Liṅgapīṭha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms liṅga and pīṭha (पीठ).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Liṅgapīṭha (लिङ्गपीठ):—[=liṅga-pīṭha] [from liṅga > liṅg] n. the pedestal of a Śiva-Phallus, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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