Liṅgasthala

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Lingasthala, LiGgasthala, Lingasthala


Liṅgasthala literally means ‘Śiva as infinite Brahman’.

In Vīraśaivism, the philosophy and religion of the Liṅgāyata sect, is called ‘Sthala’. It means infinite space or the origin of creation and dissolution of the universe. Śiva divides himself into two aspects:

  1. Liṅga
  2. Aṅga

The first aspect is termed as ‘liṅgasthala’. It is actually he himself.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore