You can keep Shivlinga at the puja room in your home but with its seriousness and full sanctity. Shivling or Shiva lingam connects a devotee with the Supreme Being – Lord Shiva. The lingam is the symbol of Lord Shiva and the lingam puja helps the devotee in understanding Lord Shiva. The Lord cannot be described but still we say he is without a beginning and an end and is without a form. It is difficult for a devotee to understand this formless nature. Therefore Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga before Brahma and Vishnu. The Lingam thus is a symbol of Lord Shiva. Each Lingam puja, step by step, takes the devotee to the eternal truth – that he/she is part of the Supreme Being.
Before starting the Puja, the devotee takes a bath and wear freshly washed clothes. Hymns praising Lord Shiva or the mantra ‘om namaha shivayaa’ are repeated to create a mood for worship. Then, the devotee sits in front of the lingam and blows conch or ring bells. This indicates the beginning of the Puja.
First it is the panchamrit abhishek - the libation of five holy liquids over the lingam. The libation can consist of any five of the following – water from river Ganga, honey, sugarcane juice, milk, yogurt, ghee, seawater, coconut water or milk, fragrant oils, rose water or other precious liquids. Usually, only milk of cow is used. While pouring the liquid, om namah shivaya is uttered. Some devotees utter the Lord’s name 108 times and some 1008 times. There is no fixed rule.
After the panchamrit abhishek, the lingam is cleaned with water from Ganga. (This is might not be possible always so just normal water.) After this the lingam is smeared with sandalwood paste and is decked with flowers. Water and sandalwood paste is used to keep the lingam cool, as Lord Shiva is always in a highly inflammable state. In some Shiva temples, cooling liquid constantly drops from pot hung above the Lingam.
Next, sweets, coconut and fruits are offered to the Lord. Camphor and incense are lit and ‘arati’ is conducted. Some devotees fan the lingam and sing praises of the lord.
Finally, ringing of bells or blowing of conch indicates the end of Puja. White ash (vibhuti) is rubbed on the forehead and it is also distributed. Fruits, sweets and coconut are distributed as ‘prasad.’
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Hi Angela, source rudraksha-ratna.com .
Q. Does the Shivling have a particular orientation when one places it in the puja room? I was told by a temple priest that the lingam should be pointing north. This is what I observed in many temples too. But last Saturday we had been to a temple where the lingam was pointing westward. So is there any particular position or is any position okay?
A. East and the north are the two acceptable orientations for the base of Shiva ling in any temple as stipulated in Agama Shastra. So the base Shiva ling is noticed either facing East or North direction in any temple. While the devotee, who is worshipping Shiva Ling is facing the East the base of Shiva Ling shall be oriented towards north dirction. When the disciple is facing north while worshipping,the base of Shiv Ling shall be oriented towards East. Base here shall mean the point from where the Abhishek liquid (Water or Panchamrit)flows out of Shiva Ling.
My question is at home in the personal puja room, i can only face West. And the shivling projection can point East or North.
>> NO. Facing West and doing pooja with the "yoni-bhagam" facing north is not advisable unless it is a Bana Linga or Narmadeshwar Shiva Linga where the prathista samskaran's are not considered to that an extent.
Also one of the shivling i purchased i think at some ends is not carved correctly, looks like slightly broken. Is it okay to worship this shivling. >> NO. Get a Narmadeshwara or Bana Lingam and do the pooja. The length of the Shiva Lingam at home should be less or equal to the the length of the thumb finger from its base.
Also i wanted to know if ladies except the 5 days do Abhisekham. Can pregnant ladies also do Abhisekham to shivling. >> Ladies can do when the cycle of nature is not affecting them. Pregnant ladies after 7 months cannot even go by the Shiva Lingam. When you keep say a Bana-Lingam you have to observe strict discipline.
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