by J. L. Shastri | 1970 | 616,585 words
This page relates “greatness of shivalingas” as found in the Shiva-purana, which, in Hinduism, represents one of the eighteen Mahapuranas. This work eulogizes Lord Shiva as the supreme deity, besides topics such as cosmology and philosophy. It is written in Sanskrit and claims to be a redaction of an original text consisting of 100,000 metrical verses.
2. The important phallic image there, is Avimuktaka. Kṛttivāseśvara is in the forms of an aged man and a boy.
6. Siddhanātheśvara is the bestower of Siddhi at the very sight. What is famous as Dūreśvara is in the northern Patan.
15. Śūlaṭaṅkeśvara is the bestower of desires. Mādhaveśa, there itself, protects devotees.
18. Kāmeśvara is also Śiva’s phallic image. Gaṅgeśa causes great purity. With a desire for the welfare of the people the shrines Śakreśvara and Śukrasiddha exist.
19. Vaṭeśvara is famous as the bestower of the fruits of all desires. Kapāleśa is on the shore of the ocean. Vaktreśa is the destroyer of all sins.
20. Dhautapāpeśvara himself is partially the supreme lord. Bhīmeśvara, Sūryeśvara are great shrines.
21. Nandeśvara is the bestower of knowledge and as such is worshipped by the world. Nākeśvara is highly meritorious. So also is Rāmeśvara.
22. Kaṇṭakeśvara is named Vimaleśvara as well. So also is Dhartukeśa at the confluence of the Pūrṇā and the ocean.
23. Candreśvara should be known as the bestower of the lustre of the moon as fruit. Siddheśvara is the bestower of all desires.
25. Śiva assumed his form partially and became famous as Śaraṇeśvara. He is the bestower of happiness to all the worlds always.
26. Kardameśa is the greatest. Koṭīśa is on the mountain Arbuda. Acaleśa is famous as the bestower of happiness to all the people always.
30. Thus the phallic forms of Śiva installed in the eastern quarter of ordinary and extraordinary efficacy have been narrated to you.
31. O great sage, I shall now narrate to you the phallic images of Śiva installed in the South.
Footnotes and references:
This sacred river flows through the Magadha country.
Taptakā (Tāpī or Tapatī) issues from the Vindhya mountain, flows through the Vindhya region and falls into the Arabian sea.
Pūrṇā, a tributary of the Tapti river joins the latter in Eastern Khaṇḍeśa near Burhanpur.
Puruṣottamapurī is identical with Bhuvaneśvara (in Orissa) or with a town in that region.