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 (lĭng′gəm) also lin·ga (lĭn′gə)
n. Hinduism
A stylized phallus worshiped as a symbol of the god Shiva.

[Sanskrit liṅgam, mark, penis.]


(ˈlɪŋɡəm) or


1. (in Sanskrit grammar) the masculine gender
2. (Hinduism)
a. the Hindu phallic image of the god Siva
b. the penis
[C18: from Sanskrit]


(ˈlɪŋ gəm)

also lin•ga

(ˈlɪŋ gə)

(in popular Hinduism) a phallus, symbol of Shiva.
Compare yoni.
[< Skt liṅga mark, gender, phallus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lingam - the Hindu phallic symbol of Sivalingam - the Hindu phallic symbol of Siva  
symbol - an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
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The damage took place at the "River of a Thousand Lingas", where Shiva Linga statues - phallic representations of the Hindu god Shiva - abound.
Two young men accused of damaging six Shiva Linga statutes at a national heritage site at Kulen Mountain were arrested in Siem Reap after telling authorities they wanted to "test the quality of their swords" on the phallic figures, police said on Thursday.
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"This style of liturgical singing was characterized generally by vocal virtuosity, encompasing also the addition of new texts to existing chants (troping), highly florid melodies, and even textless vocalizations on nonsense syllables (teretisms)," writes Alexander Lingas.
Rama is said to have worshipped Shiva and set up corresponding lingas, which in Maharashtra and Karnataka are often called Ramalingas.
In addition to the constituents of the sarvatobhadra, the Ungatobhadras, a category of bhadramandalas employed in vratas connected with deities of the Shaiva tradition, contain one or more phallic symbols of Shiva (linga).
In addition, there are at least twelve sixth-century inscriptions (dated by paleography) associated with a chief/king named Citrasena (also known as Mahendravarman) and three others that mention Bhavavarman (I), all of which record Siva-oriented foundations -- usually lingas but also images of the bull Nandin.
Lingas, which represented the union of the king and Siva, were an expression of 'old territorial rituals in which the materialisation of the god of the soil, in the person of a dynastic ancestor, expressed the contract, defined in time and space, of the group with its territory'.
The Kushana-period lingas usually have a floral wreath wound around the upper portion of the shaft, as noted by Joshi in the case of the image-linga now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (figure 4), and also observed by R.C.