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Are there any interesting legends or myths associated with specific ancient Shiva Lingas?

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Yes, there are several fascinating legends and myths associated with specific ancient Shiva Lingas in Hindu mythology. Here are a few notable ones:

  1. Jyotirlingas: These are considered the most sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are twelve prominent Jyotirlingas scattered across India, each with its own legend. For instance:

    • Somnath in Gujarat: This Linga is associated with the myth of the Moon God (Soma) being relieved of a curse by Lord Shiva.
 
Posted : November 17, 2023 9:36 am
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    • Kedarnath in Uttarakhand: Legend says that after the great Kurukshetra War in the Mahabharata, the Pandavas sought forgiveness from Lord Shiva for their sins, and Shiva eluded them by taking the form of a bull and disappearing, leaving behind his hump, which manifested as the Kedarnath Linga.
    • Mahakaleshwar in Madhya Pradesh: The Linga here is believed to have emerged in the city of Ujjain to save it from destruction by the demon Dushana.
  1. Brihadeshwara Temple Linga, Tanjore: The Brihadeshwara Temple in Tamil Nadu houses a massive Linga. Legend has it that the Linga grew in size to save the king who built the temple from his sins. The Linga is said to have broken the earth's surface, and it's believed that even today, it continues to grow slowly.

  2. Lingodbhava Linga in Kaleshwaram: Legend goes that Lord Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light (Lingodbhava) to resolve a dispute between Vishnu and Brahma about their supremacy. Shiva took the form of an endless pillar of light, and to this day, the Linga in Kaleshwaram, Telangana, is believed to represent that divine form of Shiva.

  3. Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga in Maharashtra: This Linga is associated with a story where a devout woman named Kusuma worshipped a Shiva Linga under a bel tree daily. A jealous relative of Kusuma's husband killed her husband. However, Lord Shiva resurrected Kusuma's husband after she devotedly continued her worship, and the Linga split into two parts.

These legends and myths contribute to the rich tapestry of Hindu mythology and are integral to the significance and reverence associated with these ancient Shiva Lingas.

 
Posted : November 17, 2023 9:36 am

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