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Posted: 22 January 2012 at 3:33am | IP Logged
Originally posted by bharat9

Is this true that Shiva only had the snake around His neck after Sati's self-immolation (as mentioned by one of the other forum member in couple of threads - thought this thread would be the best place to discuss about & to get responses)? If so then why are showing it now? Is this due to lack of research?


http://hindupad.com/hindu-deities/snake-around-shivas-neck-why-lord-shiva-wears-snakes/
 
The snake is one of the symbols or attribute of Shiva, is explained in many puranas. Lird Shiva lives in mountains. Carries nothing precious. Snakes also  stores nothing, carries nothing & constructs nothing, lives in mountains. to symabaise the nature of simple living, Shiva wears snake around his nack. Generally snakes represents anger & poisonous nature. Wearing it around the neck also symbolisze how important it is to control anger & poisonous nature. Vasuki is the name of snake around the neck of Lord Shiva as per many books. Why the snake is curled 3 times around Shiva's neck? Three coils represents past, present & future time in cycle. Why is it worn like an ornament? It signifies that the creation proceeds in cycles & the Lord himself transcends time. Why does the snake look towards right side? Right side represents the best action of human in terms of knowledge & wisdom.
The main purpose of all the attributes or symbols in Hinduism is to protect the universe by providing natural balance.


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SHIVA LINGAM
 
In his popular aspect, Shiva is a member of Triad along with Brahma, the creator and Vishnu, the protector. As a member of triad Shiva takes the role of destructor, so that Brahma can regenerate. In this visible aspect Lord appears with three eyes, matted hair, with the garland of snakes and skulls. He wears tiger and dear skin and holds drums, horns and trishul (Three headed spear) in his hand.

But in his original form, Shiva is the param braham ' the supreme creator and he himself is the triad. The supreme Shiva is Rudra (or hollow) and is formless. This supreme Shiva is represented by the Shiva Lingam and is pronounced by the universal word ? (Aum). The Shiva Lingam is full of mysteries and tales and myths, some of which are even baseless. Nevertheless, this is one of the most popular form in which the Lord is worshipped.

Shiva Lingam ' Meaning and the myths

The Sanskrit word 'Lingam' means symbol. Thus the literal meaning of Shiva Lingam is the symbol of Shiva. The Supreme Shiva doesn't have a form and every form is his form. The Shiva Lingam represents him, the Supreme Shiva who is formless. The way when we see a smoke, we infer the presence of fire, the moment we see Shiva Lingam we immediately visualize the existence of the Supreme Shiva.

It has been a common myth that Shiva Lingam represents male genital organs. This is not only misleading but also base less. Such misinterpretations are done in later Vedic period and popularized much later, when Indian literatures actually came into hands of foreign scholars. It was difficult to interpret the language and a word may have different meaning depending on the context. Some of the easy interpretation may be misleading. And such misinterpretation may actually be welcome, if you want to find the defects in somebody else's faith. This misunderstanding is can be one of the most glaring examples of such a situation. Misinterpretations of actual Sanskrit literature led to this false belief. Shiva Lingam is a differentiating mark; it is certainly not a sex mark.

The Lingam Purana states:

(There are 2 Sanskrit shlokas here which are not coming here, please see them in the link given above)  
??????? ???????? ???????????????? ?
???-????-??????? ????-???????????????? ?  

meaning:

 the foremost Lingam which is devoid of colour, taste, hearing, touch etc is spoken of as Prakriti or nature.

The nature itself is a Lingam (or symbol) of Shiva. When we see nature, we infer the presence of its creator ' Shiva. Shiva Lingam is the mark of Shiva the creator, Shiva the sustainer and Shiva the destructor. It also dispels another myth in which Shiva is considered only as a destructor.

Another authentic reference comes from Skanda Purana where lingam is clearly indicated as the supreme Shiva from where the whole universe is created and where it finally submerge.

????? ????????????: ?????? ???? ???????
???: ???? ??????? ????????????????? ?
(?????? ?????)

The endless sky (that great void which contains the entire universe) is the Linga, the Earth is its base. At the end of time the entire universe and all the Gods finally emerge in the Linga itself.

Now this should clarify the settle the doubts once and forever.

Forms of Shiva Lingam

Shiva Lingam is worshiped in two common forms ' Chala (Moveable) Lingam and Achala (Non-Moveable or Fixed) Lingam.

Chala Lingam (Moveable Lingam)

The Chala Lingams may be kept in the shrine of one's own home for worship or prepared temporarily with materials like sand, clay, dough or rice for worship and dispensed with after the worship. Another form of the Chala Lingams can also be worn on the body as a pendent in the necklace etc. Chala Lingams are often made of quartz, mercury or metals.

Achala Lingam (Fixed Lingam)

Achala Lingams (or fixed Lingams) are installed in temples and are un-moveable once they are installed. There are rigid rules for achala Lingams which must be followed. Achala Lingams must be offered prayers at fixed times and without failed and greater sanctity is maintained. Usually Lingams are made of black stones.

The Appearance and significance of Shiva Lingam

A Shiva Lingam is generally made up of black or white stones, marbles or metals or Quartz. A Shiva Lingam has three distinct parts which are considered as portions of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The Lower part represents Brahma, the middle Vishnu and the upper and the most prominent represents Shiva. Thus Shiva Lingam represents all the three powers in one- as the Param Braham or Supreme Shiva.

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Another interpretation considers Shiva Lingam to be divided in two parts ' Shiva and Shakti. Thus Shiva Lingam are symbols to represent the aspects of the Supreme Shiva. From one view Shiva is Shiva and Shakti; from another view point Shiva is Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva himself).

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Shiva Lingams made up of quartz have special significance. Such Lingams have no colour of its own but it takes the colour of any object that comes in its contact. The ling as such represents the attribute-less and formless supreme Shiva.

There is mysterious and indescribable power in Shiva Lingam to induce the concentration of mind. It is like the crystal glazing, mind easily attains one- pointedness by looking at the Shiva Lingam. This is the reason why ancient scholars and sages advocated the worship of Shiva Lingam and its installations in temples.

Listen to the message of Shiva Lingam and it will say:

"I am one without a second".

Important Shiva Lingam across India

Shiva Lingam worship is one of the most popular forms of worship offered by Hindus. Every town, cities, villages, blocks will have at least on temple with Shiva Lingam. However, of all the Shiva Lingams, few carry special importance with them and have been referred in Vedas and Puranas. The important of them are:

  1. Jyotir Lingams: There are 12 Jyotir located in various parts of India. They are well documented in Puranas. They are:
Somenath (Somnath, Gujarat) Mallika-Arjun (Shrishailam, AP) Kashi-Vishwanath (Varanashi, UP)
Aumkareshwar (Aumkareshwar, MP) Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain, MP) Trayambakeshwar (Near Nashik, Maharashtra)
Kedarnath (Himalaya) Vaidyanath (Deogarh, Jharkhand) Rameshwar (Tamil Nadu)
Ghrineshwar Nageshwar Bhimshankar
  1. Panchbhut Lingams: The whole world consists of 5 basic elements ' air, water, fire, earth and sky. The Panchbhut Lingam of Shiva represents these five elements. These Lingams are:
1. Kalahastisvar 2. Jambukesvar 3.Arujachalesvar
4. Ekambaresvar 5. Natraja  

 

 



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So the snake around Shiv's neck is called Vasuki? Also is this right  Vasuki was used during Sagar-manthan? 

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Originally posted by mnx12



 
The snake is one of the symbols or attribute of Shiva, is explained in many puranas. Lird Shiva lives in mountains. Carries nothing precious. Snakes also  stores nothing, carries nothing & constructs nothing, lives in mountains. to symabaise the nature of simple living, Shiva wears snake around his nack. Generally snakescrepresents anger & poisnous nature. Wearing it around the neck also symbolisze how important it is to control anger & poisnous nature. Vasuki is the name of snake around the neck of Lord Shiva as per many books. Why the snake is curled 3 times around Shiva's neck? Three coils represents past, present & future time in cycle. Why is it worn like an ornament? It signifies that the creation proceeds in cycles & the Lord himself transcends time. Why does the snake look towards right side? Right side represents the best action of human in terms of knowledge & wisdom.
The main purpose of all the attributes or symbols in Hinduism is to protect the universe by providing natural balance.


thts good info!! thanks.

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Originally posted by bharat9

So the snake around Shiv's neck is called Vasuki? Also is this right  Vasuki was used during Sagar-manthan? 


Correct. Let me also add that Vasuki is younger brother of Shesh Naag (Adi Sesha), on whom Lord Vishnu resides.

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Can somone help me with the bhajan/song sung by Dadhichi and others in today's eppy? Didn't understand a word but had goosebumps. Anyone?

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Originally posted by mnx12


 
The snake is one of the symbols or attribute of Shiva, is explained in many puranas. Lird Shiva lives in mountains. Carries nothing precious. Snakes also  stores nothing, carries nothing & constructs nothing, lives in mountains. to symabaise the nature of simple living, Shiva wears snake around his nack. Generally snakescrepresents anger & poisnous nature. Wearing it around the neck also symbolisze how important it is to control anger & poisnous nature. Vasuki is the name of snake around the neck of Lord Shiva as per many books. Why the snake is curled 3 times around Shiva's neck? Three coils represents past, present & future time in cycle. Why is it worn like an ornament? It signifies that the creation proceeds in cycles & the Lord himself transcends time. Why does the snake look towards right side? Right side represents the best action of human in terms of knowledge & wisdom.
The main purpose of all the attributes or symbols in Hinduism is to protect the universe by providing natural balance.


@red: but arent there 2 coils around Shiva's neck?

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@Bharat-in the show there are two,but there are supposed to be three

Someone put forward a doubt about Additi being mother to Indra and how Additi doesnt acknowlege it
Aditi (Sanskrit) Aditi [from a not + diti bound from the verbal root da to bind] Unbounded, free; as a noun, infinite and shoreless expanse. In the Vedas, Aditi is devamatri (mother of the gods) as from and in her cosmic matrix all the heavenly bodies were born. As the celestial virgin and mother of every existing form and being, the synthesis of all things, she is highest akasa. Aditi is identified in the Rig-Veda with Vach (mystic speech) and also with the mulaprakriti of the Vedanta. As the womb of space, she is a feminized form of Brahma. The line in the Rig-Veda: "Daksha sprang from Aditi and Aditi from Daksha" has reference to "the eternal cyclic re-birth of the same divine Essence" (SD 2:247n). In one of its most mystic aspects Aditi is divine wisdom.
Additi is supposed to be the mother to both Indra and Daksha,and she takes rebirth and is born to Daksha as his daughter Additi.Hence the Two additis are not the same
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