What is Shiv Lingam. Why Milk Is Poured On Shiv Ling ?

ॐ नमः शिवाय means “I bow to Shiva.” Shiva is the supreme reality, the inner Self. It is the consciousness that dwells in all. Shiva is your true identity- your self.

ॐ नमः शिवाय Om Namah Shivay is very powerful mantra. It has been said that if this mantra vibrates continually in your heart, then you might not need to perform austerities, meditation, or yog – if you are unable to devote yourself for Yogic activities. You just need to continuously hum the mantra. To repeat this mantra you need no rituals or ceremonies, nor there is restriction that you must repeat it at an auspicious time or in a particular place. This mantra is free of all limitations. It can be repeated by anyone, young or old, rich or poor and no matter what state a person is in, it will purify him. However to derive best results, you should be clean (bath) with pious mindset.

This mahamantra should be recited minimum 5, 11 or 108 times – there is no restriction to the number of recitations thereafter, taking breaks or at a stretch you can chant the mantra to 125000 times for strengthening your aura and stronger will-power. A true devotee is least bothered about counting of recitations, his concentration is so much focused on the Shiv Bhakti that he recites the mantra attentively.

Om Namah Shivay mantra is respectfully recited by Yogis and devotees in prayers and meditation. It represents qualities of a real life – prayer, divinity, love, grace, truth and blissfulness towards Shiv, which has no beginning and end – timeless and eternal. A soulful connection with the cosmic transcendence.

The powerful healing mantra ॐ नमः शिवाय is beneficial in treatment of all physical and mental ailments. Soulful recitation of this mantra brings peace to the heart and joy to the आत्मा (Soul). Recitation multiple times is sound therapy for the body and nectar for the soul – filling material body with positive energies, to elevate consciousness level.

What is Shiva Lingam?

The Sanskrit word ‘Lingam’ means symbol. Thus the literal meaning of Shiva Lingam is the symbol of Shiva. The Supreme Shiva doesn’t have a form and every form is his form. The Shiva Lingam represents him, the Supreme Shiva¸ who is formless. The way when we see a smoke, we infer the presence of fire, the moment we see Shiva Lingam we immediately visualize the existence of the Supreme Shiva.

Om_Namah_Shivay_ॐ नमः शिवाय

During the creation a debate took place between the creator Brahma and the preserver Vishnu that who Shiva is. Just then this “Column of light” appeared in front of them on the Hindu month of Margasheersha and Hindu date Poornima or Pratipada. When both the Gods failed to know the real origin and end of this column, Shiva appeared in his visible form. He preached both of them the real meaning of Shiva Lingam.

He said, ” I have two form, Sakala(with form) and Nishkala(with out form). This column of light is my real form. Brahman is my Nishkala form and Maheshwara is my Sakala form.

When I come with sixteen kalas, I become Sakala and when I manifest in the crude energy, I am called Brahman. Brahman means the most enormous (Brihat) and the creator of all. Lingam depicts my formless Brahman power.

This is my Lingam (symbol). Lingam (Braman) and Lingee (आत्मा – Atman) are same, therefore the great souls should also worship me. One who has established Shiva Lingam somewhere in his life, he gets Sayujya Moksha (eternal company of Shiva).

From Vedanta :- A subtle representative of God that is present in our body. Kundalini is coiled with it in three and half coils. This is what Shiva Lingam and snake coiled round depict in our temples. It shows Paramatman in the form of Atman and Shakti in the form of Kundalini.

Recite Om Namah Shivay to Rise Kundalini

From Sankya :-The Mool Prakriti that absorbs all the Vikriti came from it finally.

From Nyay Shastra:- A source that can help us to know exactly about a matter or event. So formless Lingam represents the formless power of this universe that is the origin of all the matter and the events of this universe.

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Simple meaning :- Symbol that help us to know, recognize any event or matter as stated above.

It has been a common myth that Shiva Lingam represents male genital organs. This is not only false, misleading but also baseless. Such misinterpretations are done in recent times and popularized to make it common, when Indian literatures came into hands of foreign scholars; Britishers and Muslims. They relied on extracting simple meanings of major Vedic terms with words used in daily life without addressing rightful context. It was difficult to interpret the language, a word may have different meaning depending on the mis-construed understanding. Some of the easy interpretation may be misleading. And such misinterpretation may actually be welcome by skeptics, if they want to find the defects in somebody else’s faith. Shiv Ling or Lingam means formless^, Shiva Lingam is state of God just before manifestation of Universe.

This misunderstanding is one of the most glaring examples of such a situation. Misinterpretations of actual Sanskrit literature led to this false belief. Shiva Lingam is a differentiating mark; it is certainly not a s*x mark. While the actual meaning of male genital is “shishna” in Sanskrit.

^formless– no living entity or demi-gods have senses to comprehend the formless state of Bhagwan Shiv. All living entities and demi-gods came into existence post manifestation.

Shiv Ling is the divine symbol of formless state for the common people, saints, rishis and demi-gods to meditate the Supreme Soul.

That is why, you should respect saints and rishis but should not pray them. Praying is done for demi-gods and Supreme soul of demi-gods, Bhagwan Shiv.

Let us know what Lingam means as  per The Lingam Purana:

प्रधानं प्रकृतिर यदाहुर्लिगंउत्तम ।
गंध-वर्ण-रसहिंनं शब्द-स्पर्शादिवर्जितं ॥

The foremost Lingam which is devoid of colour, taste, hearing, touch etc is spoken of as Prakriti or nature.

The nature itself is a Lingam (or symbol) of Shiva. When we see nature, we infer the presence of its creator – Shiva. Shiva Lingam is the mark of Shiva the creator, Shiva the sustainer and Shiva the destructor. It also dispels another myth in which Shiva is considered only as a destructor.

Another authentic reference comes from Skanda Purana where lingam is clearly indicated as the supreme Shiva from where the whole universe is created and where it finally submerge.

आकाशं लिंगमित्याहु: पृथ्वी तस्य पीठिका।
आलय: सर्व देवानां लयनार्लिंगमुच्यते ॥
(स्कन्द पुराण)

The endless sky (that great void which contains the entire universe) is the Linga, the Earth is its base. At the end of time the entire universe and all the Gods finally emerge in the Linga itself.

Forms of Shiva Lingam

Shiva Lingam is worshiped in two common forms – Chala (Moveable) Lingam and Achala (Non-Moveable or Fixed) Lingam.

(Nature) Prakriti’s Signature on the Presence of Her Swami, Bhagwan Shiv

Bhagwan Shiv Face Mountain Kailash - proof of Bhagwan Shiv

Google earth further gave proof to the fact which was cited by several devotees of Mount Kailash, who visited the place. Most of the devotees have confirmed seeing, feeling presence of Bhagwan Shiv.

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The Meaning of Shiv Lingam

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Meaning of Snake, Trishul, Rudraksha and Moon Donned By Shiv

Bhagwan Shiv Meaning of Snake, Moon, Rudraksha, Tiger Skin, Third Eye, Drum and Trishul

The Energy That Powers All Beings, Planets and Universes…Everything


Scientific Reason of Pouring Milk on Shiv Lingam

Shiv Lingams are placed at the most pious place, garbh griha, in temple. At this location, there is tremendous amount of positive energy flowing all around. Hindus visit the temples not just to respect Gods but also to energize themselves with positive energies.

When milk is poured on the Shiv Lingam to do दुग्ध अभिषेक (milk abhishek) the flow of positive energy starts getting accumulated towards Shiv Lingam so a person who is devotee of Bhagwan Shiv when is closer to the Shiv Lingam and bathes Shiv Lingam with दुग्ध स्नान he accepts the flow of positive energy into his body. Milk is very good conductor of positive energy. Milk of Indian cow (Not Jarsi cow but Desi cow like Gir) when poured on Shiv Lingam reciting mantras- ॐ नमः शिवाय – strengthens  mind, body and inner consciousness of a person.

 ॐ नमः शिवाय - Why Milk Abhishek, Milk is Poured on Shiv Lingam

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During Samudra Manthan (churning of milk ocean) a deadly poison halahal emerged which had power to spread and completely endanger life of all beings. Then all devtas requested Bhagwan Shiv to save the world from the deadly poison. Bhagwan Shiv (Mahadev) took the divine responsibility of saving everyone, he drank all the poison and conserved it on his kanth (कंठ).

In Samudra manthan or Churning of the Ocean of Milk Bhagwan Shiv saved all from halahal poison

The magnitude of toxic level of halahal was tremendous, though it did not had any effect on Bhagwan Shiv, its heat was enormous, to calm down its impact Devtas performed Ganga Abhishek on Mahadev.

Only snakes came forward to support the divine cause of Bhagwan Shiv, they also drank and took some of the poison in their inner fangs. From that day onwards, some snakes became more poisonous.

The Milk Abhishek done by devotees of Shiv on Shiv Lingam is also symbolic representation of abhishek done during Samudra Manthan and they express their gratitude like devtas did after manthan.

Milk is gift to us from Bhagwan ….even breath, body, trees, food, air …infact everything is given by Bhagwan. When we all took birth, we all were naked…what did we bought to this world, what is our contribution to keep this world running…. nothing….because we all are negligible, we are staying alive at the mercy of Bhagwan. Who are we to question that pouring milk on Shiv Lingams is wastage of milk. Are we owning the milk, trees, places, earth or anything offered for free by Bhagwan. No … then who gave us right to only question Vedic values which are based on scientifically driven principles. And not question on evil practices of other religions (adharms), whose evil anti-Vedic concocted god likes to feed on the blood of innocent goats, cows, camels and buffaloes – wherein till date billions of innocent animals are killed just to appease this anti-God satan – killing animals is an evil act and pouring milk on Shiv Lingams is pious karma. Think over it; its easy to bash our core Hindu values which is based on Dharma but very hard to rebut with same vigour about other adharmis because they are very violent and like terrorism. The moment we start respecting our traditional values and become aggressive. All these satanic people and their terrorism will cease to exist.

|| Tan mann dhan sab hai tera
Shiv sab kuch hai tera
Tera tujhko arpan, kya lage mera ||

मेरा मुझ में कुछ नहीं, जो कुछ है सो तोर |
तेरा तुझको सौपता, क्या लागै है मोर ||

And moreover the poured milk is NEVER wasted, it is used as the charna amrit and the positively energized milk is redistributed among devotees as prasadam.  Infact, we all should be ashamed of the fact that few of our Hindu brothers and sisters do not pour pure milk but mix it with water to dilute the positive impact of the puja. We should completely trust our great culture which is into existence since time immemorial.

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ॐ नमः शिवाय Om Namah Shivay ॐ नमः शिवाय[ Read Also A Temple Where Sun Respects Bhagwan Shiv Twice a Year ]

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  1. Prateek Kalkundrikar on

    Haribol ji is it ok to put shivling in home? Specially the Parad shivling is yes what are rules to follow?
    Om namah shivay

    • Radhe Radhe Prateek ji,

      You should have small shivling in your puja ghar. Ideally you should have only one Supreme Bhagwan (Krishna or Shiv) in your puja ghar. Become devout devotee of a creator and not demi-gods.

      You should do pran prathista of Shiv ling or you can also bring bana linga to your home
      You must worship daily without fail
      You must do jal abhishek of Shiv lingam
      You must be clean and chant “om Namah Shivay” 11 times while doing abhishesk
      Puja ghar should be kept clean
      After pran prathista, Shiv ling becomes Jagrit roop of Shiv so care should be taken that everyone at home respects the lingam with folded hands in case you are not at home to do puja, you should do maansik puja thinking about Shiv Lingam
      [ a lady undergoing maasik dharm should not pray ]

      Jai Shree Krishn

  2. Can I know why do the jyotirlinga temples charge for pouring milk and water on the linga which is owned by no one???
    I mean they get enough donations and gifts… Then why do they sell energy and god by charging money for such auspicious acts????

    I see that u r very well promoting hindutva and its values.. That’s truly inspiring…

    But dont you think its high time to revive the religion and its purity?

    Entering the inner sanctum at jyorlings gives more of negative feelings…seeing the business of the brahmans and the poor people who give away their money for a simple auspious acts…

    N the pandits are super rich…just to mention in case u point out donation to brahmins… N more over donation is just given out of respect…. Only the begars and business men ask for money…sneha

    • manohar patil on

      Our Schools,colleges,Government also getting donations/taxes every day every month .then why you pay for knowledge or pay for things ? they are also getting much rupees they are much richer they should give you everything for free at least schools and colleges must give for free .no ? Temples are getting donations,they arranges kirtana like programs which gives knowledge to everyone about our life,soul etc. for those who comes for free,free food for everyone etc.
      by the way from many years our government getting a big part of every donations from temples and our government using that donations to support churches and mosques etc.

      sign petition here to stop that donations being used for churches and mosques by government –
      https://goo.gl/B1GrFH Why should government control temple money and not that of other religious institutions

      • Radhe Radhe to All

        Dear Readers of Haribhakt.com – Please support this petition and sign, make it reach to 100,000 petitioners from this site itself .

        Jai Shree Krishn

  3. Are you also taking the responsibility of all the Shiva Temples across India? With all due respect to your hardcore Hindu Values, I being a hindu by default see so good in pouring of milk on Shiva Lingam today! And you may practice redistribution of milk after the process but can you say the same for others who do it? Secondly, no postivity is greater than the positivity that you get after helping others. Try feeding a poor person who is hungry or even animal for that matter. I am not as learned as you are but certainly I can tell one thing for sure that ANY GOD in this world will be happy seeing a human helping other human rather than a symbol. One if the biggest teachings of God across religions is to let go of your ego and desires. Why do people pour milk on Shiva Lingam or any other process of worshipping God ? Because they have their own interest in it. I can hardly fathom over this thought that people do it so that larger problems like poverty and hunger are eradicated from our society.

    • Radhe Radhe Rituji,

      In how many muslim forums and sites did you asked to save water resource wherein trillions of gallons of water is wasted in cleaning flesh and meat during bakri id while millions of animals (cows, goats and buffaloes) are killed to please satanic allah ????… So many innocent animals could have been saved which could be used to milk and feed poor.

      In How many sites and forums did you objected to stop practice of floating thousands of kilometres of chaddars in mazars which could have been used to cover poor people. But when it comes to lecturing Hindu practices, hypocrites like you are quick to pounce. Show some uniformity in your response and ethics. Either you firmly believe Hindu cultures or reject it in pursuit of shallow modern values which are devoid of truth, morality and dismantle unity and spread hatred among humans. Koran teaches jihad (terrorism) how many times you objected to the evil teachings of islam. Google ‘haribhakt 164 poisonous verses of koran’ and find the truth. Show some respect on unearthing truth. And share it with fellow Hindus.

      Jai Shree Krishn

      • yogeshwar Sharma on

        Bhai g aaj ik teacher ne ling ko male genitacl part se compare kia n phulla ko female genitacl part se…maine use smjnana chaha. .pr wo daleel diye ja re the … sorry me unki soch ko badl ni paya …

        • Dolly Vyas ahuja on

          In today’s time mother cow is not respected, her lactation milk nature intended for her baby. Cows were like family, in those days, but evolve and unlearn and relearn to true compassion. India has too many cows and everyone wants to get rid of males. India,is number one in beef export and second in leather. Too much rapid population growth due to dairy cows, got to make them pregnant every year, so they can have baby. That’s the only time she makes lactation milk, for her baby. Evolve and use plant based milk for ceremonies

    • Siddhant Bhatt on

      Why do you want to help needy people?because it makes you feel good.see now you are becoming selfish.because you feel good/feel positive energy you want to do it.Unless you help people by gaining nothing from the act then it would be worth it otherwise useless.we chant shiva mantras to obtain shivattva.being completely selfless.then only any act of help can be worthwhile

    • Nitesh Tiwari on

      It was our government policy to keep away young generation from actual knowledge of dharma. It’s not your fault. I suggest you to read more and get more knowledge. Thanks.. Nitesh Tiwari.. 9867418052


  5. pouring of jala or water on linga has many interpretations and explanation including the one stated, above .,. one never heard before is – shiva the bholae nath has a story of parched land in kutch area, when in shradh with no tank, lake or water source, tarpan was performed on linga for penance and to do shradh , when in dream or imagination or dictate people obeyed the advice thus in all forms of like health to birth to death and beyond water is poured and is not poured on any other form of god in sanatan dharma

  6. Thanks sharing such worth to share knowledge. I have already shared it on my fb timeline.

    Stay Calm. Be Happy. Jay Shri Krishna.

  7. great lesson i loved it OM OM Namo shivae

    • Radhe Radhe Vineet Ji,

      Thanks for the feedback.

      Please spread the awareness and share the post in your social media site accounts, whatsapp with your friends.

      We all should work selflessly for the awareness of our true culture and Vedic wisdom.

      Jai Shree Krishn

  8. Om Namah Shivay. Heres another good blog on What is Shivlinga and Why it is worshiped.

    www. rockingbaba .com /blog/index.php/2015/11/07/what-is-shivling-and-why-it-is-worshiped/ (remove spaces)

    • Radhe Radhe Prashant Ji,

      Thanks for sharing another perspective.

      Jai Shree Krishn

  9. Jai Bhole Nath
    Please mujhe aur mere pure parivar ko meri
    ri nasamajhiyo ke liye please maaf karna

  10. om namah shivaya
    har har mahadev
    jai aapeshwar mahadev

    A very beautiful and great post with lots of insights..
    Thank you

  11. Ankita sengupta on

    Wow it’s awesome I come to know some unknown fact about Shiva and his belongings.jai baba bhole nath

  12. rajesh singh on

    Om namo shivae
    Har har mahadev

  13. sir, with your permission can i post this article and few other articles on my blog? Reference and full credits will be given to your blog and backlink as well.

    • Radhe Radhe Ashika Ji,

      Yes you can, provided you are citing relevant post link while copy pasting content from our site. May Bhagwan bless you with more visitations in your blog.

      Jai Shree Krishn

  14. Good information about Siva…..Om Namah Shivaya……….

    • Radhe Radhe Venkatesh Ji,

      Please read other posts, provide feedback and share them through your facebook, twitter and googleplus accounts so that you also take part in spreading awareness about our great legacy.

      Jai Shree Krishn

    • Har Har Mahadev Om namah Shivay

      • Bhagvaan shiv is actually explainless(please forgive my english knowledge). Understanding Mahadev is more difficult and confusing than hard scientific theories and derivations.I love Shivshankar more than my(shiv’s gift) life.
        Har Har Mahadev