What is Shiva Lingam?
The word “Lingam” is derived from Sanskrit (means a symbol) which represents Lord Shiva. A symbol of Lord Shiva can be dated back as early as the beginning of time. This symbol also represents the formless and eternal Supremacy of the Lord Shiva.
The Shiv Ling is a rounded, elliptical, an-iconic image that is usually set on a circular base made from stone by the swift flowing waters of the sacred rivers in India, also made from metal, precious gems, crystal, wood, earth or transitory materials such as ice, in the modern world.
A Shiva Lingam consists of three parts, the lowest of which is called the 'Brahma-Pitha' –represents Brahma the creator; the middle, the 'Vishnu-Pitha' – represents Vishnu the Sustainer and the uppermost, the 'Shiva-Pitha’ – which represent Shiva the Destroyer.
Why is milk poured on the Shiva Lingam?
When milk is poured on the Shiva Lingam, milk abhishek is been performed, the flow of positive energy starts getting accumulated towards the Shiva Lingam, so as the devotee of Bhagawan Shiv, he accepts the flow of positive energy into his body. Milk is a good conductor of positive energy. Milk of an Indian cow when poured on Shiva Lingam, reciting the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra – strengthens the mind, body and inner consciousness of a person.