By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Lingadharana, LiGgadhAraNa, Lingadhaarana
Liṅgadhāraṇa literally means ‘wearing the Śivaliṅga on the body’.
Liṅgadhāraṇa is a part of the ceremonies connected with dīkṣā or initiation. The guru worships the liṅga first and then ties it around the neck of the initiate.
- Śivaliṅga is a stone emblem of Śiva encased in a small casket.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore