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I've heard that there is shiva temple coming up in Bangalore with 1,00,00,000 shiva lingas

Does any one have info on this? where is this ? what is the status. I've been told that it is an ongoing process with the target.

I've seen the Shiva inside the Kempfort shoping complex.That's nice, worth the visit
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What's the difference between a "Linga" and a "Lingam".
What's the real deal with Shiva's Lingam. Why is it worshipped?
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shiva lingam is symbolic of the creative power of the universe. By controlling the mundane desires, even the most bestial of beings can rise and conquer the world. Coupled with full zeal and enthusiasm after establishing absolute control over ones sexual urges ... one is able to divert and control all his energies towards a particular goal.

Bare it all and human being is no different than an animal except for his thinking prowess. Misutilization of this thinking power leads one to corrupt actions leading to degeneration in the thinking process as a whole ... ultimate leading to the concerned behaving more like an animal than a human being. .

Lingam also reveals the domination of womanhood by man. The Cosmic father always dominates mother nature. Mother Earth is a living testimony of ... bear all rear all. No retaliation. Atman (the soul within) which cannot purify itself without help from mother nature ultimately dominates like a bee sucking the sap from a flower. Lingam when controlled and directed towards positive goals converts human beings into man gods like Mahavira, Buddha, Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed.

The power of lingam is the most glorious occurrence created by god in its vast array of creation. Without progeny all would have become dead long ago. The perpetuating theory of evolution kept the system going. What a foolproof system created by god, the Almighty Creator. Praying in front of Lord Shiva's lingam is a fairly practiced religious tradition in India. Considered all powerful and destroyer of evil, Shiva is the most revered yet dreaded of all Indian gods.
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Originally Posted by beach I've heard that there is shiva temple coming up in Bangalore with 1,00,00,000 shiva lingas

Does any one have info on this? where is this ? what is the status. I've been told that it is an ongoing process with the target.

I've seen the Shiva inside the Kempfort shoping complex.That's nice, worth the visit
Beach i have heard of 9 lingas which are considered as 'swayambhu' means came from the earth itself. (one of this was found in Bheema shankar in Maharastra Dist)
Now this 1,00,00,000 is a news to me
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What's the difference between a "Linga" and a "Lingam".
It is different transcription in latinic from devanagari. I am lazy to check with a Sanskrit dictionary right now. But I guess the case is at the end of word there is "m" that is not a letter, but an anusvar, which is less distinguishing sound, so sometimes it is dropped when written in English.
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What's the real deal with Shiva's Lingam. Why is it worshipped?
It represend Shiva for his devotees, and considered to be the oldest form of worship to Shiva, that is common among yogis. The most wide-spread sampradaya of Shiva-lingam pujas is vira-shaivaism, which is original from Karnataka, and the ritual there is opened for everyone who is inituated, no matter what one's caste is.

If it will continue this way, Bangalore will become one of piligrimage places.
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(C&P from News Article)

Not far from Bangalore is the beautiful Kammasandra, famous for its Kotilingeshwara temple. The main attraction of this peaceful retreat, which is surrounded by plush greenery, is a huge Shivalinga. Measuring 108 ft, this shivalinga is tallest of its kind in the world and accompanying it is a 35 ft tall Basava, surrounded by lakhs of small shivalingas spread over an area of 15 acres. So far, around 22 lakh shivalingas have been installed. The entire project involves the installation of one crore shivalingas of various sizes, hence the name ‘Kotilingeshwara’.

Thousands of visitors visit this place throughout the year but especially during Shivarathri to have a glimpse of the magnificent structure. There is no hard and fast rule regarding the installation of a ‘linga’; anybody can get one of his/her choice installed in their name by making a donation of Rs 501 Rs. l001 Rs 1501 Rs. 2001 or Rs. 5001. The individual’s name will be carved at the pedestal. Installation is carried out on all days. One only needs to choose the ‘linga’ out of the thousands that are available ready for installation at the Ashram itself. The Ashram organises the necessary requisites to perform installation.

Other major attractions here are ancient temples dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. At a distance of about 87 Kms, it takes about 2 1/2 hours to reach Kammasandra from Bangalore. An ideal place for a day’s excursion, a visit to Kotilingeshwara can be clubbed with a visit to a few other interesting places like Mulbagal, Avani Mutt, Kurudumale and Bangaru Tirupati. Recently, KSTDC has introduced a package tour during holidays covering all these places.

The Ashram, under the able guidance of Swami Shri Sambashivamurthy, organises for free meals for all visitors. A huge hall has been built mainly to serve food to all the visitors. The Ashram also organises for mass marriages annually. One can visit this place any time during the year and at leisure since there are no long queues for ‘darshan’. For further information, contact the Swamiji directly on 08153-377530 or 08153-958153.
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That was great input Natasha..
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Question Shiva linga? or lingam??

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Originally Posted by oldhippie What's the difference between a "Linga" and a "Lingam".
What's the real deal with Shiva's Lingam. Why is it worshipped?
Essentially the Supreme Principle inherent in every-atom / whole-Universe (called God) is formless and omnipresent. Generally it cannot be imagined without taking recourse to a 'form'. Since humans are familiar with 'human' forms, humans think of God being as a 'human' form for convenience sake (just as buffaloes would prefer a huge powerful 'buffalo' as a form to imagine God).

There are some humans however who wish to depict God as 'formless' and worship Him in His original state. Now to translate this into reality you will find it very difficult to worship thin air or empty space.... so these humans thought of a 'form' which would be a good symbol for the 'formless' (what a paradox!!) They decided to depict God as a sphere and worship God as a sphere. It has no hands, no legs, no bottom, no top, is sex-less and non-personal.

After a while, their own human imperfections caught up with them and they found it pretty difficult to keep up with worshipping 'perfection' im-personified!! (paradoxes again) They wanted to add a bit of a 'quality' to this 'quality-less' form. The best 'quality' according to them was that of a Supreme Creator who created this Cosmos. Some Rishiis also 'saw' (with the mind's eye.. also called third eye) every object in the Cosmos as an ellipsoid having ellipses as orbital paths. The Universe itself was ellipsoid. This started them a-thinking. Why elllipse? The answer lay in the sphere itself which they worshipped. The sphere has only ONE centre and is assigned to represent 'perfection'. Why not s-t-r-e-t-c-h this centre to have TWO centres? Now you have an ellipsoid! Voila! The 'Creator' quality is now represented!! Then they felt a need to represent the feminine Principle too as they were unhappy to see God without the female Principle. (further dilution of perfection im-personified by adding more and more qualities!) So they placed this ellipsiod in a cavity to generally represent the Supreme Womb.

Now they felt happy. Mind you... all this exercise was to please themselves and their mental frailty... not to please God who never demanded that it/He be worshipped in the first place. (does 'perfection im-personified' need 'praise'.. ?? If 'yes' then how can one call that 'perfection'?)

They gave this ellipsoid a name 'shiva'. It means 'pure', 'immaculate', etc. The shape was called a linga from the sanskrit root meaning leeyate gamyate iti lingam (from whom the whole Creation 'comes out' and in whom that entire creation 'merges' at the end) Linga and lingam are the same; just different in grammar. The humans who did not have refined levels of thought reduced this Cosmos-sized thought to a more body-level thought. They gave it the other meaning of that word... which also meant the 'Creation Organ' of man. yad bhaavam tad bhavati "So as your thought, thus does it happen". People with the lesser refinement in thought restricted their understanding to the physical lingam only. Those with refined thought gave it the place actually due to it. This was a representation of the entire Universe, which too is an ellipsoid. Beyond that, the 'formless' aspect of God (a sphere) generally came to be recognized only by self-realized humans. It dawned upon them that there was no need to 'worship' God because God is everywhere, including oneself. You must worship 'everything' then... not just a perfectly round orb. So the practice of worshipping the 'perfect-formless' essence of God (as a sphere) was discontinued. The rest of the humans who had NOT risen to the level of understanding God in the formless aspect continued to worship God in the 'form' of 'the Creation' i.e. 'the Universe'. (ellipsoid) Even this object was 'impersonal'. It had no hands, no legs, no face, it was a representation of something higher than all of us.

And of course, all this while there continued to be those humans who were worshipping God as a human being with hands, legs, clothes, etc. To each his own. ekam sat. vipraaH bahudhaa vadanti (the truth is only ONE... the wise knowers call it by different names) [Rig Veda; I:146:64] God does not want anything from anyone; whether 'human form' worshippers or 'ellipsoid form' worshippers or 'perfect sphere' worshippers or 'non worshippers'!!!

Of course my story is just symbolic. An allegory.

It traces the evolution of 'thought' of the humans in ancient India. It tries to explain how someone can only see the physical in the same object as a fellow worshipper who has evolved enough to see the Supremely Sublime in that very same object.

Beauty lies in the eyes of the.... worshipper.
The Universe is an ellipsoid?... or a Spheroid?? If the sphere smiles... it becomes an ellipse. This IS Creation.

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