Shiva Linga – why worship the Shiva phallus?

It really has not been that long, when I came to know, we Hindu worship a Shiva’s Linga (Shiva Lingam); Lord Shiva in the form of a phallus (penis). But, this knowledge made my skin crawl shiver in sheer disgust.
One of my friends, who is devoted to Shiva, tried to make me understand her side of story, a good side to that story. But I was so disgusted; my mind refused to understand the good-good things she was telling me. My mind simply rejected to hear her version of the worship culture. I am a Hindu by birth but, I have lost the respect for the religion due to absurd things like worshiping the Shiva Linga. Going temple every morning to worship somebody’s phallus (who cares even if belongs to a god) is just too much in the name of Dharma. Give me a break. I am not that type.

I don’t care what you do in your bedroom. You are free to explore your wild side but, do me one favor and don’t tell me all about that.

I am not a temple visitor, as it requires me to walk around the temple area on bare feet and temples are not that clean do to so. But, it’s been decades since I have visited a temple.

Wait a minute; do I need to enter temples?

Most of the time it’s on the roadside to see how clean the area is! Some says Pashupati is cleaner than before. But, I don’t wants to know. After knowing what exactly in the temple, I am not sure about others but, I am least interested to visit it.

One of my good friends once said about ‘Unmatta Bhairav’ that, it’s image boosted his mood occasionally; and time and again he used to go to see the image just to recharge him.

I am wondering: What does worshiping Shiva Linga teach us? What should we be learning from this worship? Why do thousands of people visit Pashupati Naths’ temple every morning? What’s in their mind ? Why is it so important to visit that place that houses Shiva Linga?

In the Shiva Puran, a book written about lord Shiva, says, ‘The linga of Shiva, cursed by the sages, fell on the earth and burnt everything before it like fire. Parvati took the form of a yoni and calmed it by holding the linga in her yoni’. The shiva linga seen in the first photo is the symbolic sculpture of that procedure. The religious pundits believe it to be the symbol of creation.

It is not only Pashupati Nath Temple that houses Shiva’s Linga. There are many other sexual sculptures in our temples. In fact, the sexual representation in our religious destinations are more than such books we can buy from the Nepali market (Ok, let me admit one thing here, this kind of book is some thing I don’t go for hunting and blue movies do not appeal to me either). There are few explanations on why such erotic images of gods and goddess in the temple like -to ward off the bad intentions in people; don’t make sense.

I wonder, what kind of bad intention people might get while visiting temples? Or, is it an advertisement – so that people visit temples more often?

I wonder, what image comes in those people’s mind when they really cry and need to reach out for the God and pray ‘Oh God’!

Just wondering !

– Sunita Giri

(In the photo above, a women stares at a realistic Shiva Linga for sale on the streets near Pashupanti Nath temple during Teej festival. Photo credits – izahorsky, from Flickr)

50 thoughts on “Shiva Linga – why worship the Shiva phallus?

  1. This is just an example of the stupidity in Hinduism practiced by the Pauraniks. Worshiping sex organs of a deity who never exists is pure fallacy and the height of hypocrisy and nonsense in the sixteen puranas which was condemned by Swami Dayanand. It amazes me of the rank stupidity of the pundits in Trinidad and all over the world offering millions of gallons of milk and dhar to cool down the ever erection of shiva. Poor parvati vagina must be bursting by the erected penis of a sex craved god. The explanation given is sheer bull.

  2. It is a good thing that the writer is asking different questions about Hindu opinion is if you really want to know the truth ,google search of shiva Linga will not give you the answer.if you really want to progress in your path to spiritually and if you do really believe in god ,then start reading Bhagavad Gita(not the internet version ), but authentic one and try to understand it by interpreting the meaning of the Sanskrit words under the guidence of a more knowledgeable and spiritual guru.if you can do both you will start getting a real glimpse of what Hinduism really means.
    What I mean is that you and me had been in this world only for less than a 100 years and we are trying to understand something that has been there for millions of years .so understanding Hinduism by a simple google search is never going to help,you will need to do the hard work to understand it.

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