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|7-2-Meaning of Worshipping Ling|
All Hindu rituals have deep significance. The following meaning may be made out behind the ritual practices that we offer to Lord Shiv.
(1) The water falling drop by drop from the urn above the Shiv Lingam signifies that the mind had to be continuously with the Supreme so that the soul is filled with the Divine powers and virtues from the Supreme soul.
(2) The milk, yogurt and the water that are offered to the Shiv Lingam represents that in order to stay in the remembrance of the Supreme Soul Shiv, we need to have the purity of mind and enlightened character.
(3) The Aak flower, Dhatoora and the Bel leaves that are offered on to the Shiv Lingam indicate that the negative qualities, intoxications and addictions should be offered and surrendered to God Shiv, the purifier.
(4) Three lines of Sandalwood past are drawn on the Shiv Lingam with the dot placed in the center. This symbolizes that the Brahmaa, Vishnu and Shankar are actually the creation of Shiv. Through Brahmaa God creates the new world, through Vishnu God He sustains the new creation and through Shankar that iron aged impure world is destroyed. The Supreme Being who does that is also called God (Generator, Operator and Destroyer).
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 04/23/13