Piṅgalāmata

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Pingalamata, PiGgalAmata, Pingalaamata


Piṅgalāmata literally means ‘knowledge taught to the goddess Piṅgalā by Bhairava-Śiva’.

The Pingalāmata is a work belonging to the group of Śaivāgamas. It is closely associated with the Brahmayāmalatantra. Cast in the form of a dialogue between the goddess Piṅgalā and Bhairava, it comprises of 8000 verses. It deals with the method of establishing a liṅga in a temple. Other subjects described here are:

  1. Definition of a liṅga
  2. Materials used to make it
  3. Places fit for its installation
  4. Qualifications of an ācārya competent to worship it
  5. People who are unfit to do so


References

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