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The Lingam (also, Linga, Ling, Shiva linga, Shiv ling,
Sanskrit लिङ्गं liṅgaṃ, meaning "mark" or "sign")

is a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva used for worship in temples. The lingam is often represented with the Yoni, a symbol of the goddess or of Shakti, female creative energy. The union of lingam and yoni represents the "indivisible two-in-oneness of male and female, the passive space and active time from which all life originates". A complementary theory suggests that the Lingam represents the beginningless and endless Stambha pillar, symbolizing the infinite nature of Shiva.

The Lingam has been interpreted by some Western scholars as a symbol of male creative energy or as a phallic symbol. However, to practising Hindus the Lingam represents the inseparability of the male and female principles and the totality of creation.
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The Lingam is a stone with an oval shape and it represents the abstract form of God.
During Maha Shiva Raatri, Hindus in Trinidad observe fasting.
They abstain from eating and drinking forbidden foods and they will make all the necessary preparations for the Pooja which begins at sunset.

WKD : Shiva Ratri Day / Night

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cold winter night -
humans celebrate
the divine erection

Gabi Greve


Climbing high through
rough pathways and stony cold--
the melting lingam

. Sequence by R.K.SINGH

Searches thorn apples
to propitiate lingam:
snake in sanctum


“Lingam” is well contrasted with snake. It is a phallic image that stands for the divine power and creation. In both the haiku, snake is in coiled position which in Japanese is termed as “Toguro O maku”.

By Rajni Singh, India


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