In Sanskrit language Shiva Lingam means phallus which gives us an idea as to how they might be associated with reproduction! The Shiva-Lingam is a symbol of the Hindu deity Lord Shiva who embodies wisdom, a happy marriage and being blessed with healthy children.
Shiva Lingams come in many sizes from very small to very large. Typical Shiva Lingams are elongated, elliptical stones – you can buy them separately but I sell them paired – the second shiva is a “yoni” representing the female and I call this Shakti, more about this energy below.
In India they’re regarded as being sacred and holy stones and are highly thought of in both Hindu and Buddhist belief systems. Shiva Lingam’s are said to have one of the highest frequency vibration rates of all the stones on earth. As such, the vibration is said to be perfect for purification and fertility purposes and they certainly have their own energy source. The stones are made of crypto crystalline quartz and legend has it that they formed when a meteorite fell to earth several million years ago. True Shiva Lingams are found exclusively in the Narmada river, which is located in the mountains of Mandhata in India. Their shape is believed to be created and produced from the natural tumbling movement of the river water. They are only harvested once each year and are hand polished to give them a smooth and gleaming surface. The colour and patterning of the stones vary from grey to beige, to brown and a reddish brown so no stones are the same.
I believe you can symbolise the shape of the stone in two ways. The 1st interpretation is that the shape of the stone represents male energy (knowledge) and the markings, which differ greatly from stone to stone, represent female energy (wisdom and Divine feminine). I have been working with Shiva Lingams for some years now and for me, I prefer this approach – one stone represents male energy and Lord Shiva whilst the one – the yoni stone represents Shakti feminine energy, thus the two stones signify the merging of male and female energy – helping us to recognise that we carry both masculine and feminine energy within our beings and integrate these energies together – into an alchemical marriage to enable balance and create a more harmonious state of being.
Lord Shiva and Shiva Lingams:
Lord Shiva is a Hindu God who is believed to bless one with the precious gift of true love, a stable family life and wonderful children. Lord Shiva is believed to be devoid of ego and arrogances that destroys relationships, being simple, kind, protective and giving in nature. In India unmarried women pray and chant to him for a long, stable and happy married life and Mondays are devoted to Lord Shiva. They chant his mantra and pour water and milk on the “Shiva Lingam” – the symbol of fertility.