Many religious people belief is that the Shiva ‘Linga’ stands for the phallus,the symbol of the generative power in nature. “This is not merely a major mistake but also a serious blunder”, Swami Sivananda expressed. In Sanskrit literature, the term ‘Lingam’ transliterated as ‘Linga’ means a symbol or mark. Hence, the Shiva Linga is taken as a symbol of Lord Shiva and a mark that refers to the almighty which is unformed. Shiva Linga talks to the believers in the unique language of silence and it is merely the superficial symbol of the formless being, Lord Shiva is the eternal soul chaired in the chamber of your heart, who is your secret self or 'Atman' and identical with the supreme 'Brahman.'
According to Linga Purana, the foremost Linga is devoid of smell, colour, taste and et al and is talked to as ‘Prakriti’ (Nature) itself. In the verdict period, the Linga made symbolical of the generative power of Lord Shiva. As we know, the Linga stone is like an egg shape which signifies the ‘Brahmanda’. It denotes that the creation is produced by the union of ‘Prakriti’ (nature) and Purusha, the powers of nature of both male and female. Linga also specifies ‘Satya’ (Truth), ‘Gyana’ (Knowledge) and Ananta (Infinity). More, Shiva Linga has three distinct parts which are considered as ‘the lowest one is
called the ‘Brahma Pitha’, the middle one the ‘Vishnu Pitha’ and the topmost one is called the ‘Shiva Pitha’.
There is a strange power in the Linga, to persuade attention of the mind and help focus one's concentration. Thus, the antique sages and soothsayers of India arranged the Shiva Linga to be established in the temples of Lord Shiva.
The Lord Shiva has been worshipped in phallic form. According to mythology, both the Lord Brahma and Vishnu had once made an argument in regard to their supremacy. The Lord Brahma who is the Creator stated himself to be more honored, on the other, the Lord Vishnu, the Preserver, expressed that he commanded more respect.
Just then, a gigantic 'lingam', known as Jyotirlinga, mantled in flames, emerged before them. Both Brahma and Vishnu were captivated by its rapidly mounting in size. They stopped thinking about their quarrel right away and determined to its size. Vishnu presumed the form of a boar went to the netherworld and Brahma as a swan flew to the skies. But both failed to achieve the self-assumed tasks. Next, The Lord Shiva came out
of the 'lingam' and declared that he was the forebear of both of them. Consequently, he must be worshipped in his phallic figure.
(The article is on Shiva Ratri, falls on 10th of March this year)