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That Lord Siva To Be Adored
Index Author
Introduction Sivaparatattva And Its Import
Linga Puja Types of Linga
Materials For Making Linga Sivaparthivopasana
Sivabanopasana Sivalingopasana
Sivasakaropasana Siva Pancha - 
murthyopasana
Forms of Siva Modes of Siva Puja
Principal Names Of Siva Siva Mahima
Sivashta Murthis Kshitimurti
Chindambaram Tiruvannamalai
Tiruvanaikaval  Srikalahasti
Khatmandu The Suryamurti
Chandramurti Dwadasa Jyotrilingas
Pancharama Kshetras Kashmir
Himachal Pradesh Haryana
Rajasthan Uttar Pradesh
Bihar West Bengal
Assam Tripura
Bhuvaneswar Madhya Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh Tamilnadu
Pondicherry Karnataka
Kerala Goa
Maharashtra Gujarat
Indonesia Sri Lanka
Vietnam Appendix
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

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Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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LINGA PUJA

According to it, God, the Absolute has no form, but He forms only to help His devotees; and moreover . He takes myriad forms to suit the occasion. The universe, His own creation -- semi-spherical in shape, bounded by the circular horizon is resting on earth. The Linga with its semispherical top has a circular base, so it is the symbolic of universe. Yet, there is another interpretation and it is derived from two roots - li and gam; - `li' means `to issue', and `gam' - `to absorb'.

So it is the source of evolution and involution. It is the source and goal of the universe. Needless to say, its powers are infinite. This drives home the truth, that Lord who is abiding in it, is the Supreme Reality, responsible   for creation of the world - Jagatkaraka. In the Saivagamas, we come across references that Siva and Lingam are synonymous and they stand for Ultimate Reality. Furthermore, the Linga is symbolic of His both and form. As it has a particular shape, it is of form, and at the same time,. it has neither nor limbs like other images, so it is symbolic of formlessness. 

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