Lingodbhavamurti is an iconic representation of Lord Shiva. It can be said that this is the basis of Shiva Linga Worship. It is being worshipped as the central deity in all the Shaivite temples.
According to the Legend, there exists a story which depicts the origin of Linga. This Story is found in the epics like Shiva-Purana, Linga-Purana and Vayu-Purana. The Story goes in this way: Lord Vishnu and Bhrama were engaged in an argument that both are superiority over one another. Then there appeared before them – a huge lingam of fire.
Bhrama assumed the form of a swan and flew upwards, while Vishnu assumed the form of a boar, and burrowed down into the earth to trace the origins of this column of fire. While Bhrama was flying upwards, he saw the petals of a ketaki flower drifting down. Brahma being tired by the failed efforts to reach the top of the mysterious column of fire, he requested the flower to comply to his lie that he had seen the top of the column where the flower had previously resided.
Accompanied by his compliance, Brahma confronted Vishnu and asserted that he had discovered the origin of the cosmic column. Shiva appeared in enraged mood, out of this column of fiery lingam bearing the trishul in his arms. He addressed both Vishnu and Bhrama in a thunderous voice, explaining that the two were born out of him, and that the three were then separated out into three different aspects of divinity. He also cursed Bhrama for his Lie, so that he would not be worshipped in temples on earth.
Lingodbhava Murti Katha
As per ancient legend, once, when Lord Vishnu and Brahma decided to test their powers,Lord Shiva had appeared before them in the form of fire flames, and asked them to find out his top and bottom. Lord Brahma had become a swan, and began to fly on the top of the flame, and Lord Vishnu took the form of boar Varaha, and tried to find out the bottom.
Though they tried for a long time, to find the top and bottom of Lord Shiva, but both of them could not find the true form of Lord Shiva and due to that, Lord Vishnu had accepted his defeat, while Lord Brahma doesn’t want to disclose his defeat, and hence he had lied, by saying that he has seen the top of Lord Shiva. On hearing this, Lord Shiva become very angry, and hetook the avatar of Kala Bhairava and removed one of the heads of Lord Brahma and also cursed Brahma, that he would not have any temples for worship.We can see the pictures of boar and swan also in the Lingodbhava image.
The Lingodbhava form represents the original form of Shiva, and,it can be considered as the Vishwaroopa form of Lord Shiva. Those who worship this form of Shiva would get good knowledge and wisdom, and all of their bad habits like ego, jealously, selfishness, lust and anger would be removed from their mind.
The great almighty is taking various avatars and forms in order to express his identity to us. In order to cultivate the bhakti in the minds of the devotees, they are exhibiting their true forms, and also to bring confidence and faith to the devotees. Even we can worship god in the form of flames or in an invisible form. It all depends on the sincerity shown by us to the almighty. Even if we worship a stone, by considering it as Lord Shiva, he would accept our prayers, and would give all kinds of prosperity in our life.
“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”