Lingarupa, Liṅgarūpa, Liṅgarūpā, Linga-rupa: 3 definitions


Lingarupa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Lingarupa in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Liṅgarūpa (लिङ्गरूप) refers to “one assuming the form of the Liṅga”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.12 (“The story of Śiva and Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Skanda said to the Gods: “All of you mountains will become worthy of being worshipped by the sages and resorted to by persons following the paths of action and knowledge. O mountains, at my word you will be assuming the forms of phallic emblems (liṅgarūpa), the special forms of Śiva. There is no doubt about it. My maternal grandfather, the excellent mountain Himavat, will become the fortunate bestower of fruits to ascetics. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Liṅgarūpa (लिङ्गरूप).—Gadādhara became turned to Linga in Kaliyuga; a Prapitāmaha.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 111. 84.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Lingarupa in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Liṅgarūpa (लिङ्गरूप) (or Liṅginī) refers to the “form of a liṅga”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as Bhagavat (Viṣṇu) said to Śaṃkara: “O Śrīkaṇṭha! Great Rudra! You have come into being due to (this) drop of nectar. I am Kumārikā, Viṣṇu’s supreme energy, (the awakened Kuṇḍalinī whose form is like) a straight line. O foolish one, you previously committed suicide due to (your) mistaken knowledge. You did not see (that) great body (mahāpiṇḍa) in the form of a Liṅga [i.e., liṅgarūpa]. I, Hari's energy, Mahālakṣmī, abide in your body. O Rudra, tell me the truth. Why have you taken refuge in me?”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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