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Shiva Lingam - All about Shiva
Shiva meaning "The Auspicious One" is regarded as limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless. Shiva also has many benevolent and fearsome forms. He is also regarded as the patron god of yoga and arts. Apart from anthropomorphic images of Shiva, the worship of Shiva in the form of a lingam, is important too. These are depicted in various forms. One common form is the shape of a vertical rounded column. Shiva means auspiciousness, and lingam is a sign or a symbol, so the Shiva Lingam is regarded as a "symbol of the great God of the universe who is all-auspiciousness". Shiva also means "one in whom the whole creation sleeps after dissolution". According to Hinduism, it is the same god that creates, sustains and withdraws the universe, the Shiva Lingam represents symbolically God itself
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