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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Maha Shivaratri- 2nd March 2011

Shivaratri is the day when Shiva emerged as Lingodhbhavamurthy from
his formless state to participate in the creation. Devotees wait for
offering bilva leaf to Lingodhbhavamurthy at 12 pm.

Lingodbhavamurthy is an iconic representation of Shiva, installed in
the rear devakoshta (niche) of the garbagriha (sanctum) of all Shiva

The story of Lingodbhavar is based on the attempts of Vishnu and
Bhrama to discover the origins (the beginning Aadi and the end Antha)
of Shiva. While Vishnu and Brahma were arguing about their superiority
over one another, a huge lingam of fire appeared before them. Curious
to trace the origins of this column of fire, Bhrama assumed the form
of a swan and flew upwards, while Vishnu assumed the form of a boar,
and burrowed down into the earth. Days of search in either direction
proved futile, and hence the duo surrendered to this column of fire
with prayers. Shiva then appeared out of this column of fiery lingam,
with a thousand arms and legs, with the sun, moon and fire as his
three eyes, bearing the pinaka bow, wearing the hide of an elephant,
bearing the trishul, and addressed Vishnu and Bhrama in a thunderous
voice, explaining that the two were born out of him, and that the
three were then separated out into three different aspects of divinity
The manifestation of Shiva in this column of fire in front of Bhrama
and Vishnu, is carved in stone, as the Lingodbhavamurthy manifestation
of Shiva, and is always enshrined in the rear niche of the sanctum
enshrining a Shivalingam. Since most temples face east, Lingodbhavar
faces West.

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