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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Lingadharana, LiGgadhAraNa, Lingadhaarana

Liṅgadhāraṇa literally means ‘wearing the Śivaliṅga on the body’.

Vīraśaivas are also called ‘Liṅgāyatas’ since they wear the Śivaliṅga[1] on their 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.


  1. Śivaliṅga is a stone emblem of Śiva encased in a small casket.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore