Lingam cult

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Mar 20 2016

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Category: Asia, India

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The lingam and yoni is worshipped in thousands of temples and shrines dedicated to Shiva all over India. Devotees come, present flowers and other offerings, do puja, pray and go.

Lingam worship in Kundeshvar temple, Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh, India 2004

Lingam worship in Kundeshvar temple, Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh, India 2004

Sometimes they bath the lingam in milk, rub it with ashes and other ingredients, pour water over it, load it with flowers and leaves, while continuously chanting ‘om namah Shiva’. It can truly be a wonderful, touching sight.

Lingam worship, Mandu, Madhya Pradesh, India 1997

Lingam worship, Mandu, Madhya Pradesh, India 1997

That it’s only women worshippers in these pictures is by chance, or maybe because of my partiality. Men come and worship in equal numbers. But Shiva must certainly be very pleased being pampered so lovingly by ladies’ hands.

Photo of the week: Lingam worship, Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, India 2009

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