A linga or a lingam is a very complex symbol of Hinduism. It is associated with Shiva, supreme god in main gods of the Hindus. The Hindu scriptures say that a linga represents energy and strength. In almost all the temples of Shiva, Shiva is shown in the form of a linga.
The Hindu scriptures also say that Shiva took twelve forms as Jyotirlinga, that is, a linga of light. In India, there are twelve places where this form of Shiva is worshiped. The Hindu scriptures also tell about five more forms of lingas. These form of lingas represent the earth, the water, the fire, the air and the sky (or ether). There are five different places in India where Hindus worship these forms of Shiva. These places are located at the following places:
- Kanchipuram: God Shiva’s linga in the form of the earth
- Srirangam: God Shiva’s linga in the form of the water
- Tiruvannamalai: God Shiva’s linga in the form of the fire
- Kalahasti: God Shiva’s linga in the form of the air
- Chidambaram: God Shiva’s linga in the form of the sky (or ether)
Beside above places, in almost all the towns and villages of India, Shiva’s temples are found. In all such temples, lingas are worshipped.
LINGA is also used to describe the rounded stones themselves. They can be found at sites as far west as Europe. For instance, a Linga was found on the grounds surrounding the Masoleum of Rumi in Turkey. As well as it's obvious shape, that of a 4ft capsule, it also has the same energy fields that are displayed by all Linga still undamaged or "alive" as Yogis refer to them. The Linga in Turkey is known to be 4,200+ years old. At one time it is believed that all across from Asia through Europe, consecrated sites with these Linga were built not for worship, but to sit with and to be able to gain from access to a quiet place consecrated to being a more spiritual being.