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pujābhāga (‘[that] part [of the Sivaliṅga] [which can be] worshipped’)
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Śivaliṅgas may be cala (movable) or acala (immovable). The cala-liṅgas may be kept in the shrine of one’s own home for worship or prepared temporarily with materials like clay or dough etc., for worship, and dispensed with after the worship, or worn on the body as Iṣṭaliṅga
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as the Vīraśaivas do. The acala-liṅgas are those installed in temples. They are
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usually made of stone and have three parts. The lowest part which is square, is called Brahmabhāga and represents Brahmā the creator. The middle part which is octagonal, is called Viṣṇubhāga and represents Viṣṇu, the sustainer. These two parts are embedded inside the pedestal. The Rudrabhāga which is cylindrical and projects outside the pedestal is the one to which worship is offered. Hence it is called pujābhāga.
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The pujābhāga also contains certain lines technically called Brahmasutra, without which the Liṅga becomes unfit for worship.
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==References==
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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Revision as of 09:20, 12 October 2014

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Pujabhaga, PujAbhAga, Pujaabhaaga


pujābhāga (‘[that] part [of the Sivaliṅga] [which can be] worshipped’)

Śivaliṅgas may be cala (movable) or acala (immovable). The cala-liṅgas may be kept in the shrine of one’s own home for worship or prepared temporarily with materials like clay or dough etc., for worship, and dispensed with after the worship, or worn on the body as Iṣṭaliṅga

as the Vīraśaivas do. The acala-liṅgas are those installed in temples. They are

usually made of stone and have three parts. The lowest part which is square, is called Brahmabhāga and represents Brahmā the creator. The middle part which is octagonal, is called Viṣṇubhāga and represents Viṣṇu, the sustainer. These two parts are embedded inside the pedestal. The Rudrabhāga which is cylindrical and projects outside the pedestal is the one to which worship is offered. Hence it is called pujābhāga.

The pujābhāga also contains certain lines technically called Brahmasutra, without which the Liṅga becomes unfit for worship.


References

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

OLD CONTENT

pujābhāga (‘[that] part [of the Sivaliṅga] [which can be] worshipped’)


as the Vīraśaivas do. The acala-liṅgas are those installed in temples. They are Śivaliṅgas may be cala (movable) or acala (immovable). The cala-liṅgas may be kept in the shrine of one’s own home for worship or prepared temporarily with materials like clay or dough etc., for worship, and dispensed with after the worship, or worn on the body as Iṣṭaliṅga usually made of stone and have three parts. The lowest part which is square, is called Brahmabhāga and represents Brahmā the creator. The middle part which is octagonal, is called Viṣṇubhāga and represents Viṣṇu, the sustainer. These two parts are embedded inside the pedestal. The Rudrabhāga which is cylin¬drical and projects outside the pedestal is the one to which worship is offered. Hence it is called pujābhāga. The pujābhāga also contains certain lines technically called Brahmasutra, with¬out which the Liṅga becomes unfit for worship.