Shivalinga, aka: Śivaliṅga, Shiva-linga; 7 Definition(s)

Introduction

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The Sanskrit term Śivaliṅga can be transliterated into English as Sivalinga or Shivalinga, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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One of the saṃyutta-hastāni (Twenty-four combined Hands).—Śiva-liṅga (do.): Ardha-candra with the left hand, Śikhara with the right. Usage: Śiva-Hnga.

Source: archive.org: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Śivaliṅga (शिवलिङ्ग) refers to the “phallic emblem of Śiva”, as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.16. Accordingly, “the Phallic emblem (liṅga) is the fusion of Bindu and Nāda and is the cause of the universe. Bindu is the goddess and Śiva is the Nāda and the fusion of the two is the phallic emblem of Śiva (śivaliṅga). Hence to ward off future births, the devotee shall worship the phallic emblem of Śiva. Goddess of the form of Bindu is the mother and Śiva of the form of Nāda is the father. Great bliss is the result of the worship of the parents. The devotee shall worship the phallic emblem (śivaliṅga) for the acquisition of the Great Bliss”.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation

Śivaliṅga (शिवलिङ्ग).—See under Śiva, Para 16.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Śivaliṅga (शिवलिङ्ग).—Sacred to Jalapriyā,1 the sun to be worshipped in the form of.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 13. 33.
  • 2) Ib. 55. 5.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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śivaliṅga (शिवलिंग).—n (S) A lingam of Shiva or Mahadeva.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Śivaliṅga (शिवलिङ्ग).—

1) Śiva worshipped in the form of a Phallus.

2) a temple dedicated to the worship of the Liṅga.

Derivable forms: śivaliṅgam (शिवलिङ्गम्).

Śivaliṅga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śiva and liṅga (लिङ्ग).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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